Derek Kurisu
Championing Food Sustainability in Hawaii


Leslie Wilcox talks story with Derek Kurisu, executive vice president of KTA Super Stores on Hawaii Island. Before "buy local, eat local" became a rallying cry, Derek championed food sustainability in Hawaii, while preserving the best traditions and values of the plantation culture he was raised in. Derek, who's been with KTA for over 40 years, is also a champion in fostering Hawaii Island's community. In his words, "Everybody gotta work together."

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