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Announcing Our New Program Manager for the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Dennis Chase to the position of Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui Program Manager. Dennis takes the place of Lydi Bernal, former Hawaiʻi Farm to School Coordinator who transitioned out of her role earlier this summer. 

Dennis will work closely with the five Island Networks and over forty public-private entities that make up the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui to further our mission to strengthen Hawaii’s statewide farm to school movement by supporting our Island Networks in the areas of capacity building, resource development and sharing, professional development, and policy development and advocacy.

Dennis grew up in Connecticut, and after earning a BA in English from Central Connecticut State University, taught English in Europe, Asia, and Hawaiʻi from 2001 to 2008. He received an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hawai‘i Pacific University in 2008. After a 6-year stay in New York City, Dennis returned to Honolulu, working as a Faculty Specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and later as a Program Officer at the East-West Center. In 2021 he was awarded an MBA from Shidler College of Business and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.   

If you have any questions about the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, please reach out to Dennis Chase at, or call 808-591-6508 ext. 17. For more information the Hawai‘i Farm to School Youth Council, please reach out to Olivia Whittemore at or call 808-591-6508 ext. 18.

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