By Nicole Beattie, UHMC
Kahului – Think you have what it takes to launch or expand a locally-grown food business, but not sure where to start? To help value-added food producers turn their ideas into reality, EdVenture at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College has developed a series of four non-credit Food Industry Fundamentals classes that will help participants develop differentiated, value-added, and safe specialty-food products.
“Nationwide we’re seeing a tremendous demand for locally-produced food products, but sometimes a farmer or food entrepreneur isn’t sure how to turn fresh fruit and vegetables into a safe, packaged (value-added) product,” said Lou Cooperhouse, a consultant to the Maui Food Innovation Center. “Food Industry Fundamentals will help participants understand the overall process better, but the classes will also offer information specific to Maui County. The goal is to support our local food producers so they can find new channels for their business, while providing more locally-grown products to consumers.”
Over the last two years, Cooperhouse has met with businesses throughout Hawaiʻi to listen to and collaboratively find solutions for the unique challenges faced by island farmers and food businesses. The Fundamentals classes progress from an overview of the market to ensuring that legal and safety requirements are met. Courses include Food Trends and Food Marketplace Overview; Food Technology and Product Development; Quality Assurance and Food Safety Principles; and Good Manufacturing Practices For Food Producers. “While some aspects of launching a food business, such as food safety and process technologies are the same no matter where you are, we’ve take a careful look at opportunities and needs that are specific to Maui,” says Cooperhouse.
The courses are designed for farmers interested in developing food products to increase profitability, businesses that want to expand their food offerings, new food businesses, and employees wanting to increase their knowledge of the food industry.
“This is an excellent opportunity for capacity building by our farmers and ranchers to not only increase their bottom line but add to our level of self sufficiency!” said Mae Nakahata of the Maui County Farm Bureau. “We hope this provides another mechanism to keep our multi-generation farm families in business and foster new farm operations on Maui.”
Ken Love of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers believes that understanding food industry fundamentals is critical for value-added producers. “Lou makes you think. Not only in terms of value added products but through the whole process of development and supply chain access.”
The series will be offered on April 29th and 30th from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the Kahului campus, and can be taken in order over a two-day period, which is recommended, or as a single course offering if preferred. Certificates of Participation will be provided upon completion of each course.
Space is limited. Each seminar is $89, or $300 for the series (the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th classes are discounted if booked at the same time as the first class). To register for the series or a class on April 29th and 30th, please call EdVenture at 808-984-3231.
About Lou Cooperhouse: Lou is President of Food Spectrum, LLC, and has 30-years of experience in the food industry. During his career, he has served in senior leadership positions at numerous organizations including venture-funded new business startups, mid-sized and family-run companies, multinational corporations, foodservice and retail operations, university entrepreneurship centers, and food industry trade associations. As a result, Lou has gained expertise with a broad array of technologies and a diverse array of value-added foods.
About the Maui Food Innovation Center: The Food Innovation Center is a project of the University of Hawai`i Maui College (UHMC), created to solve the “missing link” problem for Hawai`i’s local farmers and food manufacturers. It is being developed in collaboration with the Maui County Farm Bureau. The Center will serve as a hub for food industry resources and will provide food-related business and product development services as well as workforce training. A comprehensive value-added facility is being planned, which can be used to develop, produce, and package such items as fresh cut and frozen fruits and vegetables, marinated meats, dried and baked goods, sauces, and juices.
The Maui Food Innovation Center is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $759,350. Funding does not pay for student costs to participate.
Electrical service has been restored to remainder of customers in the Makena area as of 1:05 p.m. today.
Maui Electric Company first reported the outage shortly before midnight, Saturday. Partial service was restored within two hours. According to a press release, “MECO apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may have caused and thanks customers for their patience and understanding.”
The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch for ONLY the island of MAUI, now in effect until 6:00 p.m. today. Towering cumulus clouds are building over east Maui that could produce brief, but heavy, downpours. See the latest radar animation here.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous. Remember that it does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur.
EFFECTS: A strong low aloft, combined with a surface trough, will continue to bring threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms through today.
Meanwhile a winter storm watch is in effect for Big Island summits. While warming enough to “defrost” thee webcam, snow and dark skies remain over summits there.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: Unstable conditions from a strong low aloft are forecast to produce slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms. While heavy rain is not expected to be widespread, localized intense rainfall is likely to occur, potentially leading to flash flooding in streams and urban areas.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
By Jeff King
After three straight days of wild weather across Maui County, today dawned mostly clear. There is still instability in the atmosphere and afternoon showers could be heavy again in windward and mauka areas. Click here to see the latest animated radar loop. The extreme low pressure system responsible for the weather event was parked directly over Kaua’i Saturday – keeping that area relatively dry while blasting much of the eastern half of the state, especially Moloka’i and Maui. The low is losing intensity and has since migrated eastward. A flood watch continues for Maui and the Big Island, and a winter storm warning is in effect for Big Island summits.
Power went out to much of the Wailea-Makena area shortly before midnight. As of 2 a.m., service to most Maui Electric Company customers in the area had been restored.
After a washout Saturday afternoon near Mile Post 18 along Kula Highway – between Thompson Road and Sun Yat Sen Park – easing conditions have allowed crews to remove debris from the roadway. Today at 7 a.m., Maui Police issued a report saying that all roads in Maui County were open. The report does not specify any alternate route information necessary for commuters along Kula Highway.
Maui Police Department has reported that Kula Highway has been washed out at Mile Post 18.5. This is between Thompson Road and Sun Yat Sen Park.
Mauiwatch has been following the soaked saga for several hours today. See their coverage and pictures here.
Due to the heavy rains and flooding conditions in the Upcountry area of Maui, a portion of Kula Highway has been washed out between Thompson Road and Sun Yat Sen Park or approximately Mile Post 18.5. At this time, there is no access to Ulupalakua, Waiohuli, Keokea or other locations south of the brake in the highway. At the same time, traffic from the Hana side will not be able to drive beyond the break in Kula Highway. The highway will be blocked at Piilani Highway Mile Post 39, by Kalepa Point.
Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation and will issue additional advisories as needed. Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
A Maui man and two children made it safely across Iao Valley Stream after being trapped for a time by rising, rapid water. at 1:55 p.m. today, Maui firefighters from Wailuku and Kahului responded to Iao Valley Park for a report of three people unable to cross the river stream due to rising and turbulent water.
MFD’s Engine One was first on scene, where crews discovered an adult male, an eight year-old female and a nine year-old female, stranded on the other side of the river. All parties were safe on the rocks with no reported injuries. Fire personnel instructed them to remain in the safe area until more fire fighters arrived and until the water receded to a safe level. Once the water receded to a safe level, a rescue team crossed the stream and brought each individual safely back across the river.
All three individuals were checked for injuries once they were back on safe ground. No injuries were reported. All three were local Maui residents.
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