Hawai‘i Youth Food Council (HYFC) is convening its third cohort since the council’s initial launch in February 2020. Ten new members from Oʻahu, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island will join two returning members for a council composed of twelve outstanding high school students for the 2021-2022 term! We are happy to announce the following new members:

Bao Nguyen, Punahou School
BJ Miranda, West Hawaiʻi Explorations Academy
Chay Cunningham, Maryknoll High School
Gigi Kiyabu, Mid Pacific Institute
Jaden Joy Rosabia, Kealakehe High School
Marianel Carmen, Maui High School
Mia Torres, James Campbell High School
Rona Lei Duldulao, McKinley High School
Tyler Levine, Oak Meadows Homeschool
Yewon Julie Jeong, Hanalani Schools

We are also excited to announce the results of our officer elections! HYFC returning members Hannah Nicole Apostol and Grace Monaco have been elected as HYFC President and Vice President, respectively. Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome back HYFC alumnus Hayden Konanui-Tucker as Special Youth Advisor to the council. The 2021-2022 council will commence at a virtual kick-off meeting on September 25, 2021.

HYFC is hosted by the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, a program of Hawai‘i Public Health Institute. The mission of HYFC is to engage youth in policy and systems change efforts that result in a just and equitable local food system for a healthier Hawai‘i. The council is supported by the HYFC Adult Allies Committee, which is a group of youth and food advocates, community members, parents, food producers, and public officials. If you are interested in becoming an ally, or want to find out more about how you can support the council, we encourage you to contact us through our website HIPHI.org/HYFC, or email the HYFC Coordinator, Olivia Whittemore (Olivia@HIPHI.org). You can also become an ally by joining the Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui via the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Membership Form.