Episode # 917: Farmer Larry Yonashiro and other stories
Students from Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului, Maui, profile urban farmer Larry Yonashiro. After a thirty-year career as an I.T. professional, Yonashiro wanted to return to his family’s farming roots (his father worked on a pineapple plantation), but in a modern way. “Agriculture’s been a part of my family for a long time,” says Yonashiro. “I just had it in my blood. I wanted to go back to farming.” So he took up aquaponics, not as a hobby (which is how most aquaponics farmers start) but as an actual commercial farm. With the help of his wife, Patty, and their daughter (who has a background in food science), Yonashiro has joined the thriving sustainable farming movement on Maui.
–Students from Punahou School on O‘ahu profile the islands’ youngest beekeeper.
–Students from Roosevelt High School on O‘ahu explore a sanctuary for plants native to Hawai‘i.
–Students from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui tell the story of a young woman who mends her relationship with her recovered meth-addict father.
–Students from Wheeler Middle School on O‘ahu show us how to make a fun and gooey substance known as…SLIME!
–Students from Waiākea High School on Hawai‘i Island delve into the fantasy world of cosplay.
–Students from Maui High School in Kahului, Maui, tell the story of a marching band saxophone player who struggles with a degenerative spinal condition.
This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by students at Kealakehe Intermediate School in the Kona district of Hawai‘i Island.