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.



Bayer Fund supports STEM education in Hawaii


As a philanthropic arm of Bayer in the U.S., Bayer Fund develops programs and makes strategic investments to qualified non-profit organizations tackling big challenges – combatting malnutrition and food insecurity; enhancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education; providing support services for patients and families managing cardiovascular disease and cancer.


One of their great programs is the Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund. Since 2005, this #BayerFund grant has awarded more than $345,000 to public schools in Hawaii for programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance their students’ science education.


Jennifer Ainoa, Science Teacher at Molokai Middle School, shares with us how Bayer Hawaii’s Science Education Fund has supported supplemental curriculum for students who missed science classes in elementary school due to COVID restrictions in place at that time. The grant was monumentally helpful in catching students up and ensuring they were on track to continue their science education.


Application are now being accepted for the 2023 #BayerHawaii Science Education Fund. All public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2023.




Bayer Hawaii creates solutions for those in need

Bayer Hawaii is always looking for ways to support the community. There are an estimated 15,000 unhoused people in Hawaii, and the work IHS does to support them is unparalleled. This is the season of gratitude and warmth, and Bayer Hawaii can think of no better way to show gratitude and share warmth than by visiting and supporting our unhoused neighbors in LeaderServe Friday.


This program is a unique opportunity for community, business and political leaders to get involved with IHS and directly support their unhoused neighbors. Organizations and their teams visit IHS onsite to serve meals at the mens’ shelter in Honolulu. It allows the organizations to connect on a deeper level with the communities where they live and work, while also engaging their employees.


There are so many ways to chip in – from volunteering to serve meals, to sorting donations, to editing resumes with our employment program, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone. Visit IHShawaii.org/volunteer to learn more or to donate.


In the season of giving, Bayer Hawaii has recently donated $5,000 to IHS, which will pay for meals for the unhoused and support IHS’ mission to create and offer tailored solutions for those in crisis.



Health for all, hunger for none

HONOLULU (HI Now) - Bayer Hawaii is proud to be one of the largest contributors in the Hawaii agriculture industry. They recently have donated over 850 pounds of food to fulfill their mission of health for all, hunger for none.

For more information on how to support Hawaii Food Bank, visit hawaiifoodbank.org/donate.


Create Change with Bayer Hawaii

Why work for #BayerHawaiiHI Now host Kainoa Carlson interviews Bronson Kahue-Burrows and Asia Blackwell on what makes working for #TeamBayer so special.


Watch other Bayer Hawaii HI Now episodes


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Listen to our episodes below:


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Episode 52: 

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada talks with Molokai Middle School science teacher Jennifer Ainoa and principal Kainoa Pali about their school being the recipient of a Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund Grant...and what that provides to their students.




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Episode 50: FFA Waipahu Intermediate (Aired: 11-17-22)

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, host Rick Hamada talks with Ynez Gaborno and Nicholas Nishimura -- two 8th graders from Waipahu Intermediate School who, as participants in the Future Farmers of America, won a national championship during the recent competition in Indianapolis! Listen to their stories and find out more about the Future Farmers of America! 



Episode 49: Hawaii Foodbank (Aired: 11-2-22)

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, host Rick Hamada welcomes Hawaii Food Bank President and CEO Amy Marvin and Vice President and Chief Impact Officer Laura Kay. How can you help the Food Bank meet the needs of our community during the upcoming holidays?




Episode 48: Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Aired: 10-19-22)

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, host Rick Hamada marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by welcoming Tomomi Arakawa, breast cancer survivor, to talk about the effect of this disease from a personal perspective and how it affects those around you.




Episode 47: Maui Nui Food Alliance's Food Summit (Aired: 10-5-22)

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada speaks with several guests from Maui getting ready for the Maui Nui Food Alliance's Food Summit. Hear from Lauryn Rego -- founder of Project Locavore and the Eat Local Maui Challenge --, Alexis Kageyama -- Kamehameha Schools Maui Āina and Sustainability Engagement Instructor -- and Lauren Nelson -- Maui County Food Access Coordinator with the Maui Nui Food Alliance.



Episode 46: Bayer Hawaii Job Fair (Aired: 9-7-22)

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, Rick Hamada talks with Melanie Ichihara about opportunities with Bayer and an upcoming job fair. Then, we hear from Bronson Kahue-Burrows and Asia Blackwell of Bayer Hawaii about what it's like to work for Bayer in Hawaii.



Episode 45: ETD19 & Kauai Coffee (Aired: 8-17-22)

On this episode of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada talks with Fred Cowell, General Manager of Kauai Coffee Company, about the challenges of growing coffee and the technology his company uses to develop and sustain the best product. The show kicks off though with Denise Yamaguchi of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation who fills us in on next week’s Eat Think Drink AgTech event.



Episode 44:  Maui Conservation (Aired: 8-3-22)

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada focuses the conversation on the island of Maui and Bayer's agriculture conservation initiatives on the Valley Isle and more. Rick talks with Tim Trudel, Brian Hopper, Edgar Cordero, and Jacob Peterson about the projects they are working on today on Maui to get Hawaii to a sustainable agriculture future.



Episode 43: Chef Robynne Mai'i (aired 7-20-22)

On this edition of Sustaining Hawaii, presented by Bayer, Rick Hamada talks with James Beard Award-winning local chef Robynne Mai'i. Learn about Chef Mai'i's journey from the beginning to now, recently winning the 2022 James Beard Award for the Best Chef – Northwest and Pacific category.