As part of our ongoing commitments to transparency, community support and Hawaii agriculture, 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, 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.


News Radio 830 KHVH Sustaining Hawaii




About Sustaining Hawaii:


The radio program airs from 9–10 am on the first and third Wednesday of the month on News Radio 830 KHVH. Today's global agriculture industry is facing many challenges. Climate change, labor shortage, water stresses, and pest control are just a few of these challenges affecting us here in Hawaii. Throughout 2021, KHVH host Rick Hamada will sit down with local farmers and industry leaders to take a closer look at Hawaii's farming industry while covering a wide range of topics, from invasive species and technology to COVID-19 challenges.


Listen to our episodes below:


Episode 21:

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, Join Darlene Loo-McDowell, Founder of Sharing the Butterfly Experience, along with Monica Ivey of Bayer Hawaii as they talk about the exciting #MonarchButterflySweepstakes!  Also, hear from Bayer Hawaii's Megan James about efforts to assist and promote biodiversity on Bayer's Hawaii farms. Plus, highlights from Bayer's recent donation of more than 2,700 pounds of food supporting World Hunger Day, plus how to apply for the Bayer Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship. Applications are due June 30.


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Episode 20:


On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, we discuss an industry critical to Hawaii’s economy and hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rick Hamada discusses the state of our Floriculture and Nursery industry with Eric Tanouye, president of Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association President and Green Point Nurseries. We also hear from Josh McClung, Owner of Big Island Plant Works.


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Episode 19:

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii presented by Bayer Hawaii, Rick Hamada talks with Connie Mitchell, the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Services (IHS) on the steps needed to address homelessness in Hawaii. We also hear from Bayer Hawaii’s Stacie Sasagawa who spoke to our long-standing partnership with IHS and our latest collaborative project at IHS’s Hale Mauliola. 


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Episode 18:

We celebrated Earth Day on the latest episode of Sustaining Hawaii on KHVH radio.  Hear from #BayerHawaii employees on the sustainability efforts at our island farms. During the hour-long broadcast, we discussed several critical topics like the Bayer Carbon Initiative, Water Conservation, Biodiversity, and Waste Management on our farms. 


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Episode 17:

In this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, Megan Kono, General Manager from the Hawaii Farm Bureau Farmer's Market, and Bayer Hawaii's Monica Ivey talk with Rick Hamada about the importance of locally grown food and Bayer Hawaii’s veggie seed giveaway program.



Episode 16:

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada talks to Nicole Galase, Managing Director, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Inc. & Hawaii Beef Industry Council and Taylor Kellerman, Kualoa Ranch director of agriculture, ranching and conservation.




Episode 15:

Sustaining Hawaii: Honouliuli National Historic Site

Hidden deep within an overgrown gulch in Kunia, on land that was later donated by Bayer, lay the remains of the Honouliuli Internment Camp, one of Hawaii’s largest World War II internment camps.


In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii we discuss Honouliuli, its connection with Ag, its local and national significance and most importantly we’ll hear stories that we should never forget. Our guests: Jane Kurahara, a volunteer with the Japanese Cultural Center who was involved in the re-discovery of Honouliuli and its preservation as a national historic site, Stacie Sasagawa of Bayer Hawaii.  She not only had family that was interned at Honouliuli but she also discusses how Bayer played an role in establishing the site as a U.S. National Park and Carole Hayashino president emerita of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i.


You can listen to the episode by clicking below and learn more about Honouliuli at https://www.jcch.com 



Episode 14:

Sustaining Hawaii: Maui County Drought’s devastating effect on Ag

In this episode of Sustaining Hawaii we discussed a tremendous challenge facing Agriculture on Maui county.  Drought conditions have persisted since March of 2019 on Maui County and have had devastating effects on ranchers and farmers.

Recently Gov.  David Ige declared Maui County a disaster area, this emergency proclamation enables the state to provide relief from disaster damages and losses.

The drought has brought on another major problem, especially on Molokai. Hundreds if not thousands of axis deer have died from starvation. These large numbers of deer are devastating farms and contributing to crop loss. 


Our guests, Maui Rancher/Farmer Christy Kajiwara-Gusman and Desmund Manaba, owner of MKK Wildlife Management. 


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Episode 13:

Sustaining Hawaii: Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s Ag Park at Kunia

Sustaining Hawaii returns in 2021 with an in-depth look at a special partnership between Bayer Hawaii, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and Island Palm Communities. This parternship created a wonderful opportunity to help farmers gain economic self-sustainabilty. It's called the HAF Ag Park in Kunia. In this episode we hear from Denise Yamaguchi of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, Ag Park manager Alan Gottlieb, plus Ag Park farmer Jason Brand. 

Also learn more by reading this article.


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Episode 12:

Sustaining Hawaii: Supporting Restaurants that Support Local

In our December episode of Sustaining Hawaii, our guests - Denise Yamaguchi of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and BREW’d chef/owner Troy Terorotua. We’ll discuss the Hawaii Restaurant Card program, supporting restaurants that support ag, and how COVID-19 restrictions affect your favorite restaurant.

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Episode 11:

Sustaining Hawaii: ‘Farm to Food’ supporting Oahu Farmers and Families

In our November episode of Sustaining Hawaii we speak to Taylor Kellerman of Kualoa Ranch and Justin Ridgely of Ho Farms.  Hear about the latest happening on both farms,  plus how the 'Farm to Food' initiative is helping to keep Oahu farmers afloat financially.


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Maui AG: Surviving during a Pandemic, Drought & Economic Crisis

In our October episode of Sustaining Hawaii we turn our attention back to Maui County. A lot has happened on the valley isle since we last visited Maui in our July episode. Farmers are not only battling an economic crisis but also a drought, among other new issues. We speak to Thomas Kafsack, owner of Surfing Goat Dairy, who is struggling to keep his business afloat. We then hear from Teena Rasmussen, President of the Maui County Farm Bureau. Should Maui County have a Department of Agriculture? What are Maui County farmers saying, Rasmussen discusses.


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Episode 9:

Kauai Agriculture is the theme of this episode of Sustaining Hawaii.

We had two terrific guests, Hawaii State Senate President Ron Kouchi and President of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, Josh Uyehara. Learn more about the Farm to State Initiative, plus what garden island farmers are doing to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 8:

In this episode, we hear from Lorie Smith-Farrell, Coordinator at Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United on the Big Island. What are the challenges Big Island farmers and ranchers facing? From previous natural disasters to the current pandemic, Host Rick Hamada and Lorie discuss solutions that could sustain Big Island Agriculture.


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Episode 7:

Sustaining Hawaii spoke with the President of the Maui County Farm Bureau, Teena Rasmuseen. From how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Maui County farmers to addressing farming profitability, learn everything you need to know about Maui County Ag!


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Episode 6:

Guests Kevin Kelly, president and CEO of North Shore EVP, and Vincent Kimura, owner of Smart Yields, discuss the show’s theme: Flexibility in the face of disruption: Understanding and strengthening Hawaii’s regional food systems for greater resiliency and farmer success. We also hear from Darlene Loo-McDowell, founder of Sharing the Butterfly Experience, who talks about the #MonarchButterflySweepstakes.


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Episode 5:

Brian Miyamoto, Executive Director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, discusses how his organization is playing a critical role in helping Hawaii farmers farm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, how Bayer Hawaii is using 3D printers to help Hawaii frontliners, plus a downloadable coloring book and a very special announcement for Bayer Hawaii.


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Episode 4:

Phil Blake, president of Bayer U.S., discussed the company’s global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Blake covers many topics, from the donation of three million tablets of the drug Resochin (chloroquine phosphate) to the U.S. Government, to a massive donation in the form of one million consumer health products. Denise Yamaguchi of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation also discusses the Food-to-Go-Go initiative, and we hear from Troy Terorotua, chef/owner of REAL gastropub and BREW’d, who talks about how you can help local restaurants and farmers during these challenging times.


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Episode 3:

Dean Okimoto, chairman of the Hawaii Ag Foundation, and Kamiya Papaya’s Joni and Michael Kamiya sit down with Rick Hamada for a discussion about the challenges Hawaii farmers face like climate change, labor concerns, regulatory issues and the loss of valuable tools in the farmer toolbox. Learn more about the Hawaii Ag Foundation and the history behind the Kamiya Papaya! It’s a thought-provoking discussion.


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Episode 2:

Brian Miyamoto and Megan Kono of the Hawaii Farm Bureau (HFB) discuss what the Farm Bureau is doing to grow Hawaii’s ag industry through positive initiatives like Ag Day at the Capitol, Hawaii Farmers Markets and the Farm Fair.  Miyamoto, who is the executive director of HFB also talks some of the challenges Hawaii agriculture faces. “We are trying to grow our industry. We’ve got about an 11 day supply of food, so if there are any interruptions to our ports of entry we’ve got some real challenges ahead,” Miyamoto says. 


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Episode 1:

Michelle Starke, science and environmental outreach lead at Bayer Hawaii and Scott Schroeder, head of school at Sacred Hearts Academy, sit down with Rick to discuss the importance of STEM education and how these skills are essential for meeting the changing needs of today’s agriculture industry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are approximately 60,000 job openings in agriculture annually, and only 35,000 graduates to fill them. So what are we doing here in Hawaii to support education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math?  


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Modern Agriculture on Hi Now

Today, the agriculture industry is facing many challenges globally, and especially in Hawaii. Science innovations and advancements in digital tools are helping us to identify new solutions to help farmers address challenges, all while using fewer natural resources. Some of these challenges include food production, labor shortage, water stresses, pest control, and plant diseases, just to name a few.