2019 has been an exciting year for for the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i (ALFH) and we sincerely appreciate the support we have received from the agricultural community. The Board of Directors and staff hopes you'll enjoy this brief update on our progress and also hopes you’ll agree that there has never been a better time for you to support ALFH's mission. 

Proceeds from this year's Annual Giving Campaign will benefit the Agricultural Leadership Program. ALFH counts on the support of board members, alumni, and community members to continue our work. Our goal for this campaign is $10,000 and every contribution counts. See
ALFH's annual letter from Board President Taylor Kellerman, and find out how you can contribute.


ALFH held an annual meeting on November 8, 2019. Board members were confirmed for 2020 and officers were selected. Mahalo to our Board of Directors for serving ALFH and congratulations to our board officers!

Taylor Kellerman, Kualoa Ranch (President)
Joey Char, Kamehameha Schools (Vice President)
Mark Stoutemyer, Corteva Agriscience (Past President)
Jesse Cooke, Ulupono Initiative (Treasurer)
Diane Ley, County of Hawai‘i, Dept. of Research & Development (Secretary)
Donna Ching, Pacific Center for Collaboration
Michelle Galimba, Kuahiwi Ranch
David Kaapu, Esq., Private Practice
Sydney Keli‘ipuleole, Kamehameha Schools, retired
Jerry Ornellas, Jerry's Farm
Jacob Tavares, Mahi Pono


Class XVI of the Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) had an exciting year that included four Hawai‘i seminars as well as a two-week mainland trip where they visited Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts. During the final seminar, the class presented their capstone presentations and then attended the Hawai‘i Agricultural Conference  where they graduated during the Farm to Table Tastings reception event on October 15, 2019.

Congratulations to Class XVI Graduates Jayme Barton, Gene Ross Davis, Yarrow Flower, Jonathan Ho, Brian Kau, Will Lydgate, Olelo pa‘a Ogawa, Julia Nemoto, Buddy Nichols, Nick Reppun, Dana Sato, Sarah Styan, Jonathan Tanouye and Drew Wilkinson!

Please take a moment to read the ALP Class XVI Update and as always, you can follow ALP's journey via our blog.


The Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) is a multi-disciplinary statewide program that brings together promising leaders from Hawai‘i’s agriculture, natural resources management and rural community sectors. The program combines leadership content, exposes participants to agricultural operations, challenges, and opportunities, and provides opportunities for participants to build diverse networks that allow them to further develop their path toward becoming the innovative problem-solvers and leaders that are so needed in Hawai‘i. ALP trains individuals who have already demonstrated a commitment to lead in their line of work or in community activities. Through the ALP, participants will develop the knowledge, relationships, tools and skills that will enable them to be more successful in their work and other community endeavors.

Please consider supporting this important program by making a donation to our Annual Giving Campaign.

Interested in ALP Class XVII? Visit in January of 2020 for application information.


Approximately 650 participants, including 37 recipients of the AG2019 Farmer-Ranch Scholarship, attended AG2019 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on October 15-16, 2019. The event featured two keynote speakers, over 30 informative sessions, a Grower-Buyer Meet-Up event, and a dynamic student program that over 90 student and advisors from around the state participated in. In addition, the Farm to Table Tastings reception showcased locally grown ingredients from 8 local chefs, including student chefs from Waipahu High School - what a treat! We hope you were able to join us at the conference and we hope to see you in two years at AG2021. Thank you to the over 40 sponsors and exhibitors that helped to make the event possible, including the Hawai‘i Floriculture and Nursery Association for providing the beautiful floral arrangements and leis. Please enjoy a few photos from the conference below, and view the conference photo gallery to see more. See the conference website for complete information.

Conference participants added leaves to "Plant their Intentions" and make their commitment to agriculture. ALFH will follow-up on commitments with participants over email throughout 2020. If you didn't get a chance to stop by and pledge your commitment, there is still time to take part (more info coming soon).


Read more about our year by reading ALFH's annual letter from current Board President, Taylor Kellerman.

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