Hilo Welcomes Business of Indigenous Agriculture Workshop

Hilo, HI – In partnership with First Nations Development Institute, CNHA delivered the second-part of a two-part Business of Indigenous Agriculture series to East-Hawaii Island farmers and ranchers. Held at the extraordinary Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and sponsored by OHA, this free workshop was designed to help homestead farmers and ranchers succeed in managing their established or grassroot agricultural businesses.

The curriculum covered by CNHA included useful topics such as how to develop a business plan, how to set up bookkeeping systems, and marketing. It also covered important topics like risk management, personal finance management, and using credit wisely. Moreover, this curriculum relied on bringing access to culturally-relevant agricultural stewardship.

Patrick Merritt, President of East Hawaii Cacao Association sharing samples of ripe cacao for attendees to enjoy.

CNHA was humbled to receive a 100% RSVP attendance, and not to mention the only two East-Hawaii Island agriculture homesteads were represented, as well: Maku’u Farmers’ Association and Keaukaha-Pana’ewa Farmers’ Association. Finally, attendees had a chance to meet East-Hawaii Cacao Association President, Patrick Merritt. Merritt gave insight to best sustainable farming practices in East-Hawaii, growing cacao from seedlings to harvest, markets for products, and promoting your products and services.


If you are interested in attending an upcoming workshop, please contact Cassandra Ohelo at info@hawaiiancouncil.org.