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As part of our ongoing commitments to transparency and community support, Bayer Hawaii works to share information not only about what we do in the islands, but what others are doing in the community and in agriculture and healthcare, through video stories on HI Now and a bi-monthly KHVH radio program Sustaining Hawaii.


Sometimes they're a little light-hearted. Sometimes they're purely educational. Sometimes they dig into more serious, but critically important, issues. We hope you'll enjoy these episodes.



Join the School Food Safety Challenge with North Shore EVP




Honouliuli National Historic Site blessing and Bayer’s role




Bayer Hawaii’s work to support the communities where employees live and work



Hale Kau Kau feeds the hungry with compassion and aloha



Bayer Hawaii brings the knowledge of agriculture beyond the farm and into the classroom



Bayer Hawaii’s Tree Planting Efforts on Maui

Bayer Hawaii donates more than 300 vegetable seed packets to Institute for Human Services


March is National Kidney Month and here’s how you can get involved


Bayer Fund supports STEM education in Hawaii



Bayer Hawaii creates solutions for those in need



Health for all, hunger for none


Create Change with Bayer Hawaii


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Episode 85:


Sustaining Hawaii: Adopt-A-Highway Program in Maui County

May 19, 2024 • 41 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Ty Fukuroku, Environmental Management Program Manager for the State DOT, Highways Maui District. You will hear about the initiatives that are helping to keep Maui County roadways clean. Additionally, you'll get the latest health tips from Jenna Copley of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.


Episode 84:


Sustaining Hawaii: UH Cancer Center, March of Dimes - March for Babies 5-1-24

May 1, 2024 • 43 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Dr. Erin Bantum, a Clinical Health Psychologist at the UH Cancer Center. They explore the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for cancer patients. Additionally, Candice Fajardo, Executive Director of March of Dimes, is joined by Joe Carter, Vice President of Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Kurt Milne, Owner of Chick Fil-A Ala Moana, who are March for Babies sponsors.


Episode 83:


Sustaining Hawaii: Earth Month at Bayer Hawaii 4-17-24

April 17, 2024 • 41 mins

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, it's a special Earth Month discussion with Bayer employees on Oahu. Learn about their initiatives and hear insights from Brandon Carlson, Chynna Chun and Melody Artero. Plus, get the details on the upcoming Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes from Alaina Cunningham of the American Diabetes Association Hawaii Chapter.


Episode 82:


Sustaining Hawaii: Earth Month on Maui & Molokai

April 3, 2024 • 42 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada discusses Earth Month activities with Bayer employees in Maui County. We hear from Lindsay Wright and Katie Conley from Maui and Michael McLaughlin from Bayer Molokai. Additionally, the topic of plant-based diets is explored. Registered Dietician Jenna Copley of the Kidney Foundation of Hawaii provides her insights on whether they are good or bad.


Episode 81:


Sustaining Hawaii: Kidney Health For All 3-20-24

March 20, 2024 • 42 mins

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, we are joined by Glen Hayashida, President & CEO, and Jenna Copley, Registered Dietitian, from the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii to discuss the importance of kidney health.


Episode 80:


Sustaining Hawaii: National Kidney Month 3-6-24

March 6, 2024 • 41 mins

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada talks with Jenna from the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii about the efforts and support services the Kidney Foundation offers for those suffering from kidney disease along with their families. Plus, find out about Bayer's 2024 Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship, open for applications now for high school seniors!


Episode 79:

Sustaining Hawaii: American Heart Month 3-4-24

March 4, 2024 • 41 mins

On a special Monday edition of Sustaining Hawaii: Last month (February) is American Heart Month, a time when we’re all reminded to pause and focus on our cardiovascular health. In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Dr. Michael Tanoue, Cardiologist at Queen’s Heart Institute – The Queen’s Health System. Plus, we ‘Ask a Dietician’ about heart health with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii’s Jenna Copley.


Episode 78:


Sustaining Hawaii: Inside Bayer – Donation for Maui, Molokai Sweet Corn and Kunia Bike Donation 2-7-24

February 7, 2024 • 41 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, Rick Hamada takes us inside Bayer. He speaks with Rich Meiers about a $50,000 donation towards Maui disaster recovery efforts. Additionally, we hear from Jill Coombs, Shawn Barros, and Kathy Puhi about the Sweet Corn Donation made by Bayer Molokai and its positive impact on the MKK AYSO Girls soccer team. The show concludes with an insightful interview with Allie Decker and Cole Wall from Bayer Hawaii, discussing the recent bike donation to Kunia Village on Oahu.


Episode 77:

Sustaining Hawaii: Glen Hayashida, Dean Okimoto

January 17, 2024 • 41 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews President & CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawai'i Glen Hayashida, plus Dean Okimoto discusses the dos and don’ts of produce.


Episode 76:

Sustaining Hawaii: Back for a Fifth Season

January 10, 2024 • 40 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada, Bayer’s Rich Meiers and The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii’s Jenna Copley discusses the big changes to the fifth season of Sustaining Hawaii. Plus, what is the School Food Safety Challenge? We hear from Ingrid Dufford, Food Safety Specialist from North Shore EVP.



Episode 75:

Sustaining Hawaii: IHS, the Institute for Human Services 12-6-23

December 6, 2023 • 41 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Yasmeen LaTore and Leona Larkin from the Institute for Human Services. Find out more on how Hawaii's leading service provider, is focused on ending and preventing homelessness in Hawaii.


Episode 74:

Sustaining Hawaii: Diabetes Prevention Program, Tulong for Lahaina Fund

November 20, 2023 • 40 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Jenna Copley from the Kidney Foundation of Hawaii. We discuss the upcoming diabetes prevention program. Plus, we welcome back our friend from Binhi At Ani on Maui. Alfredo Evangelista discusses the recent fundraiser for the Tulong for Lahaina Fund and how you can still help.


Episode 73:

Sustaining Hawaii: FFA Convention

November 12, 2023 • 42 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Ken Kozuma, FFA Advisor from Waipahu Intermediate School. Rick also interviews two students from Waipahu Intermediate who recently competed in the FFA National Convention. Also, Rich Meiers from #BayerHawaii shares how Bayer supports Waipahu Intermediate’s FFA chapter.


Episode 72:

Sustaining Hawaii: 2024 Hawaii State Teacher of Year, Importance of Kidney Screening

October 25, 2023 • 40 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Hawaii’s State Teacher of the Year. Jackie Freitas of Leilehua High School was named this year’s top teaching award winner of the Hawaii public schools. Freitas is the natural resources teacher and Future Farmers of America adviser at Leilehua. Plus, Rick speaks with Jenna Copley, Registered Dietitian for the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii. Why Kidney Early Detection Screening is so important.


Episode 71:

Sustaining Hawaii: Preserving Honouliuli

October 8, 2023 • 40 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, we discuss a special blessing and plaque dedication ceremony to commemorate the Honouliuli National Historic Site. We’re checking in with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, the National Park Service, and Bayer Hawaii, who have partnered to bring this National Historic Site to life for the community.


Episode 70:

Sustaining Hawaii: Hemophilia Foundation Walk, Kidney Nutrition

September 20, 2023 • 42 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada interviews Dominic Testa Executive Director of the National Hemophilia Foundation Hawaii Chapter, find out more about Hemophilia and how you can attend the upcoming UNITE Walk 2023 at Kapiolani Park. Plus, Rick speaks with Jenna Copley, Registered Dietitian for the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii. Learn more about nutrition for chronic disease management.


Episode 69:

Sustaining Hawaii: Direct Relief, Binhi at Ani, Hale Kau Kau

September 6, 2023 • 42 mins

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada talks with Chris Alleway, manager of Emergency Response for Direct Relief about relief efforts on Maui. Then, hear from Dr. Mary Trotto, Fundraising Chair of Hale Kau Kau and finally, Alfredo Evangelista details the Tulong for Lahaina Fund, which is being run by the Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center.


Special Episode:

Bayer Hawaii's Heartfelt Commitment: $500K Donation for Maui Relief - The Rick Hamada Program

In a heartening episode, join us as we shine a spotlight on community support in action. Bayer Hawaii steps up to make a significant difference in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires. Monica Ivey, Corporate Relations Lead, and Alan Takemoto, Government Affairs Lead, from Bayer Hawaii, share the inspiring story behind the company's generous donation of $500,000 to aid relief efforts on Maui. Hear firsthand about their deep commitment to Hawaii's well-being, and how this substantial contribution is set to provide crucial assistance to those affected by the wildfires. Tune in to witness the positive impact that dedicated corporate citizenship can bring to a community in need.


Episode 68:

Sustaining Hawaii: Relief Efforts for Maui with Shawn Wallen and Piilani Augustiro

August 16, 2023 • 43 mins

In this episode of "Sustaining Hawaii," presented by Bayer, we focus on the ongoing relief efforts for Maui in the wake of recent challenges. Join us as we talk to Shawn Wallen, the Executive Director of Hale Kau Kau in Kihei, who shares insights into the immediate needs of the community and the dedicated efforts to provide assistance. We're also joined by Piilani Augustiro from Molokai, representing Bayer's commitment to support relief initiatives. Together, we'll explore the collaborative efforts, resources, and initiatives that aim to bring relief to those affected by recent events on Maui. Tune in to learn more about how communities and organizations are coming together to make a difference and sustain Hawaii in times of need.


Episode 67:

Sustaining Hawaii: Inside Bayer

August 7, 2023 • 39 mins

Join us for a meaningful episode of "Sustaining Hawaii" where we highlight the incredible efforts of Bayer Hawaii's community initiatives. Our esteemed guests, Marisa Akiona, Jean Ernst, and Marina Borovok from Bayer Hawaii, shed light on the impactful success of the recent Blood Drive and unveil exciting details about the upcoming event on August 3rd. Discover how you can contribute to this lifesaving cause by donating blood and utilizing the exclusive Bayer code. Marina, a dedicated advocate with a PhD, will share her personal journey and insights into the significance of blood donation. Tune in to learn how small actions can create a big difference in our community's health and well-being, as we come together to sustain Hawaii's vibrant spirit.


Episode 66:

Sustaining Hawaii: Bayer Hawaii/UH Intern Program

August 1, 2023 • 44 mins

In this enlightening episode of Sustaining Hawaii, we shine a spotlight on Bayer Hawaii's remarkable intern program in partnership with the University of Hawaii (UH). Join us as we welcome Becky Ryan, the Product Development Site Lead at Bayer Hawaii, along with two outstanding UH interns, Josie Davis and Chynna Chun. Together, they reveal the transformative power of this program in nurturing and empowering the next generation of eco-leaders. Discover how these talented interns are actively contributing to sustainability efforts, innovative projects, and community engagement initiatives that are paving the way for a greener future in Hawaii. This inspiring conversation will showcase the genuine commitment of Bayer Hawaii and UH to create lasting positive impacts on our environment and society. Tune in to witness the collaborative spirit that fosters sustainability and innovation right here in the heart of Hawaii.


Episode 65:

Sustaining Hawaii: BBBS, Inside Bayer

July 12, 2023 • 42 mins

In this episode of The Rick Hamada Program, we are joined by special guests who are making a significant difference in our community. Courtney Ikawa, the Maui Regional Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, shares inspiring stories of mentorship and the positive impact it has on the lives of young people. Learn about the transformative power of mentorship and how you can get involved in this meaningful program. Additionally, we have representatives from Bayer Hawaii - Kunia, including Isaac Ernstes and Brian Uno. They discuss Bayer's commitment to community outreach and the various initiatives they are involved in to create a lasting positive impact in Hawaii. Discover how Bayer is working to improve lives and foster a sustainable future through their programs and partnerships.


Episode 64: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Nurturing Agriculture and Building Community

June 21, 2023 • 45 mins

In this enlightening episode of "Sustaining Hawaii" on The Rick Hamada Program, we are joined by a special guest, Brian Miyamoto, Executive Director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau. Hosted by Rick Hamada, this segment explores the dynamic world of agriculture in Hawaii and the efforts to create a sustainable future for our communities. Brian brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to the conversation, sharing the latest updates and developments in the agricultural space since his last appearance on the show. With a focus on fostering resilience and growth, Brian dives into various topics, including Big Island beef and its implications for the local meat industry. He also discusses the potential involvement of a spokesperson from the cattleman's association, providing valuable insights and perspectives. As the conversation unfolds, we may have the opportunity to delve deeper into three segments, allowing us to explore a broader range of agricultural topics. In case we need to fill the final segment, we have an exciting option ready: a video featuring Bayer's recent donation to the Hale Kau Kau soup kitchen, as showcased on Hi Now. This heartwarming video highlights Bayer's commitment to the community and their volunteer efforts at the kitchen on Maui. Rick Hamada will share insights about the segment and discuss Bayer's Monarch Butterfly contest, offering listeners a chance to win a free butterfly kit.


Episode 63: 

Sustaining Hawaii: What Is Hemophilia?

June 7, 2023 • 46 mins

Welcome to another episode of "Sustaining Hawaii," presented by Bayer. In this edition, we delve into the world of hemophilia, a rare blood disorder, with our special guests, Dr. Desiree Medeiros from the Hematology Treatment Center and Mike Pieklo, a devoted community member and chapter board member. Join us as we embark on an enlightening conversation titled "What Is Hemophilia?" Dr. Medeiros, a distinguished expert in hematology, shares her wealth of knowledge, providing insights into the condition's causes, symptoms, and the latest treatment options available. Discover the advancements in medical care that have significantly improved the lives of individuals living with hemophilia. Mike Pieklo, a passionate advocate and parent of sons affected by hemophilia, adds a personal touch to the discussion. Through his lived experiences, he sheds light on the daily challenges faced by individuals and families, emphasizing the importance of support and community engagement. Presented by Bayer, this episode of "Sustaining Hawaii" aims to increase awareness and understanding of hemophilia. Learn about the resources and support available to those affected, and gain valuable insights into ongoing research and advancements in managing this complex condition.


Episode 62: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Binhi At Ani, Inside Bayer

May 17, 2023 • 41 mins

Join us for an inspiring episode of Sustaining Hawaii as we delve into the world of sustainable agriculture and community empowerment. Our special guest, Alfredo Evangelista from Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center, along with Aurora Esmaquel from Bayer Maui Farm and Hayde Sim from Bayer Maui Farm, share their expertise and experiences in promoting sustainable farming practices and fostering community engagement. Discover the innovative initiatives undertaken by Binhi At Ani and Bayer Maui Farm to support local agriculture, preserve cultural heritage, and create a more sustainable future for Hawaii. Gain valuable insights into the importance of food security, community partnerships, and environmental stewardship. Tune in to learn how these organizations are making a positive impact on our island's sustainability efforts.


Episode 61: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Bayer Blood Drive, March for Babies

May 7, 2023 • 43 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, we are joined by Marisa Akiona and Melveen Camba from Bayer Hawaii, and Candice Fajardo from March of Dimes. We'll discuss Bayer's upcoming blood drive, their efforts to support the local community. Plus, how you can support the March of Dimes, March for Babies!


Episode 60: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Bayer on Maui Sustainability, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project

April 26, 2023 • 38 mins

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, we speak with Tim Trudell and Juan Carlos Paz from Bayer Hawaii's Maui operations, and Jennifer Learned, the coordinator for the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. Together, they discuss how Bayer is working to sustain the land and sea in Maui, including their partnership with the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. You'll learn about the seabird species that call Maui home, their importance to the island's ecosystem, and the steps being taken to protect and recover their populations. Tune in to hear how Bayer is leading the charge in sustainable practices and conservation efforts on the beautiful island of Maui.


Episode 59: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Bayer on Oahu Sustainability, Genki Ala Wai Project

April 19, 2023 • 42 mins

In this episode of The Rick Hamada Program, we are joined by Brandon Carlson and Jennifer Richie from Bayer Hawaii, as well as Mary Ann Kobayashi, the Educational Coordinator of the Genki Ala Wai Project. We'll be discussing the latest efforts from Bayer Hawaii to promote sustainability and earth-friendly practices in the community, as well as the upcoming Earth Day event from the Genki Ala Wai Project. Join us for an hour of insightful conversation on how we can all do our part to protect our planet.


Episode 58: 

Sustaining Hawaii: National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii 3-15-23

March 20, 2023 • 38 mins

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada talks with representatives of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.


Episode 57: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Why Kidney Health Matters

March 6, 2023 • 44 mins

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, we discuss the importance of kidney health with two esteemed guests: Glen Hayashida, President & CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, and Randy Iwase, a kidney health advocate who has served as a Hawaii State Senator, Chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, and City Councilmember. Together, we explore the impact of kidney disease on Hawaii's communities, the factors that contribute to its prevalence, and the steps we can take to prevent and manage it. From lifestyle changes to advancements in medical treatments, this conversation covers a range of topics related to kidney health and its vital role in sustaining Hawaii's future.


Episode 56: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Heart Health, Scholarship tips

February 15, 2023 • 40 mins

Join host Rick Hamada as he welcomes two distinguished guests to the show. First up is American Heart Association Hawaii Division Board President, Dr. Zia Khan. Dr. Khan, who is also the Chief of Clinical Cardiology Program at Queen’s Heart Institute, will discuss important issues related to heart health and the work of the American Heart Association in Hawaii. Then, Rick will speak with Eleyne Fia, College & Career Counselor at Campbell High School and Former President of the Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling. Eleyne will share insights and advice for students and families navigating the college admissions process. Tune in to this informative episode only on NewsRadio 830 KHVH.


Episode 55: 

Sustaining Hawaii: FFA Oahu District Competition

February 1, 2023 • 43 mins

Rick Hamada is joined by two special guests over the phone - Ynez Gaborno and Nicholas Nishimura, both members of the Waipahu Intermediate's Future Farmers of America (FFA). In the first half of the segment, Rick will talk to Ynez and Nicholas about their experiences in FFA and what they hope to achieve through their involvement. In the second half of the segment, Bayer's Mishkat Rahman will join Rick to discuss the company's vision for health for all and more. Join Rick for an educational and informative episode as he speaks with the future leaders of agriculture and healthcare.


Episode 54: 

Sustaining Hawaii: Helping Immigrant Farmers

January 25, 2023 • 38 mins

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada welcomes Emilie Kirk Assistant for Sustainable and Organic Agriculture on Kauai and Atila Deak Bayer Hawaii to talk about Helping Immigrant Farmers.


Episode 53: (Aired 1-11-2023)

Lisa Rhoden, Food Safety Director at North Shore EVP appears on Sustaining Hawaii.  Bayer Hawaii's Rich Meiers discusses wonderful scholarship opportunities Bayer offers.