On Tuesday, April 12th, at the Maui Country Club, the Grassroot Institute held a forum on the agricultural crisis in Hawaii, with opening talks from Mayor Alan Arakawa and Councilwoman Elle Cochran, featuring Dr. Keli’i Akina as the key speaker.
With the imminent closing of the last sugar plantation on Maui, large-scale agriculture in Hawaii may soon become a distant memory. The agricultural climate in Hawaii has been steadily declining since the 1980’s, mainly due to poor legislation. As land use laws, zoning laws, and import/export laws continue to drain Hawaii’s economy, the agricultural sector will continue to suffer. Dr. Keli’i Akina discussed 10 free market solutions to Hawaii’s agricultural decline, and emphasized a collaborative approach.
Watch the full video here: