The Maui Hub Team

Board of Directors

John Dobovan, Board President – John is a founding member of the Maui Food Hub and owner of Kulahaven Farms LLC, Hawaii’s first, and only, trout aquaponic farm. Kulahaven specializes in organically certified baby watercress and rainbow trout. Their fish are featured at some of Maui’s top restaurants, including world famous Mama’s Fish House in Paia, and their watercress can be found at most of the locally-owned markets on Maui as well as all of the Times Supermarkets on Oahu. John has lived in Hawaii since 1966, mostly on Oahu, and is passionate about creating a sustainable local food supply.. Prior to moving to Maui in 2013, he was a founder of Nalolicious Farm in Waimanalo (now called Honest Greens). jd@kulahavenfarms.com

Autumn Ness – Vice President/Secretary & Development Director – Autumn is the Director of the Hawaiʻi Organic Land Management Program of Beyond Pesticides. She is a community organizer and policy analyst around sustainable agriculture, pesticide use and organic farmer support/advocacy. Autumn supports fundraising, communications and growth strategies for the hub, connecting us to the larger county and state-wide local food and agriculture movements. Hobbies include surfing, skateboarding and local-foodie kine things. autumn@mauihub.org

Emily K. Kunz – Director, Treasurer – Emily has served on the Board of Directors since February 2021. Prior to that she volunteered as the West Side pickup site coordinator. She is the co-owner of Choice Health Bar, a locally sourced, whole food vegan restaurant group that she co-founded in 2011 with the mission to elevate the health of the community and the planet through fresh, plant-based nourishment. She brings her passion for this mission to her work with the Maui Hub, where her primary focus is around sustainable organizational development and supporting Maui’s farmers. Her hobbies include cooking, biking and hiking and spending time with her two dogs Pumpkin and Chopper. emily@mauihub.org

Mike Wildberger – Director – Mike joined the board as Maui Hub was expanding its facility and services. He brings extensive experience in commercial product manufacturing and distribution that he gained as an owner and operator of Kihei Ice Company for over 22 years. Mike moved to Maui 1986 and worked as a boat captain until 2000 when he went into the Ice business with his wife Tina. When he is not at work or on the water he is usually home gardening and entertaining his dogs. mike@salemauinui.com

Staff

 

Keith Ranney, Executive Director/Customer Service Member of the Maui Hub startup team; 33-year career in digital media production and communications systems integration for startups. Serving as interim Executive Director for Maui Hub during startup phase. Primary hub focus is customer service and education via newsletters and personalized customer support, monitoring transaction processing, volunteer coordination, website updates and maintenance, and supporting hub warehouse operations and the producer procurement team. Hobbies include cliff diving, music production, and playing in the dirt. info@mauihub.org | keith@mauihub.org

Lisa Willey – Warehouse Manager, Producer Liaison – Originally from Portland, Oregon Lisa moved to Maui in May of 2020. She immediately got involved with Maui Hub as a volunteer while she was completing her business degree online from Portland State University. Lisa then became an intern through the DA BUX program. Once completing her degree in HR Management and Leadership she began working for Maui Hub full time. Lisa is a jack of all trades, handling producer procurement, accounts management, operations, and bookkeeping!  lisa@mauihub.org

Hunter Pattavina – Packing Coordinator, Govt. Assist. Programs

Hunter@mauihub.org

Cameron Harbold – Driver, Warehouse Support – Cameron began his involvement with Maui Hub in early 2021 as a volunteer at the Haiku pickup location, eventually picking up roles in warehouse support and deliveries. He is passionate about giving back to the island through supporting Maui’s farmers, providing families with locally sourced foods brought right to their doorstep, and advocating for a strong local food economy. In his spare time Cameron enjoys surfing, camping, and working on his art and music.

About Us

The Maui Hub is a non-profit, community-based, organization whose primary mission is to provide local fresh and affordable produce to Maui residents at all income levels, food banks, and community kitchens.

We make it possible for farmers to work together to meet the growing demand for local, sustainable food on Maui. 

Mission

Our mission is to support local food supply lines, build community resilience and play a leading role toward a renaissance of the local food economy by providing a distribution pathway from local farmers and food producers, direct to the public.

Values

Access to healthy food for everyone, support local farmers and businesses, conservation, and sustainability.

Vision

We envision a cadre of agriculture stakeholders collaborating to increase access to local food grown using practices that promote soil health, optimal nutrition and the creation of value-added products that utilize the regional hub structure to support food producers in increasing capacity and optimizing food access, safety and security for all.

Goals

Our goal is to transition to a permanent food infrastructure for local farmers, ranchers, producers, and consumers.

Our Achievements

Maui Food Hub at mauihub.org was started in the midst of a pandemic, which changed the buying and selling of agricultural products statewide.  Many farmers were suddenly  unable to sell much of their produce due to the closure of most restaurants, bars and hotels.

MauiHub.org presents 250-300 local goods offered by 35+ producers. There is a large selection of high quality produce and products, everything from star apples, jaboticaba, fingerlimes, lychee, tomatoes, many greens, herbs, onions, potatoes, trout, kombucha, oils, honey, poi, steamed luau, and much more.

In just five months, Maui Hub was awarded 501(c)(3) non profit status and qualified to accept food stamps through the  USDA’s SNAP/EBT program. Additional support was then offered through the Da Bux (double up food bucks) program administered by Hawai’i Food Basket.

Testimonials

We have been using the Maui Food Hub and are totally happy with their products and service. What a treat to eat healthy farm fresh food grown on Maui. The food arrives chilled and ready for us to pick up with no contact right into our trunk. This is as good as eating at one of Maui’s finest farm to table restaurants. I have been picking up for our daughter and grandchildren as well and it is so nice to drop off a box of green fresh food. I can’t wait to try the fresh trout next week.

Paul and Avi

Bounty Music

This is the third food delivery from the farm service I have used since moving to Maui and it is by far the best! Best in value, produce and website functionality. The food is top quality and fresh as can be.  The orders are accurate and the pick-up service works!  Thanks for using your masks at the pick-up station.  

Diane Appler

Maui Meadows

I am a vegetarian since 1974, and I prefer organic. Since I moved here from Minnesota back in 1995, I have had to rely mostly on imported foods, as you may well imagine. So, I am thrilled at how many growers are participating in this operation!I expect the variety of items you have available will only continue to grow over time. I especially look forward to local potatoes and green beans and ‘ulu and kalo and squashes!  Mahalo, mahalo,  mahalo!

Kathy Corcoran

Lahaina

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Our Collaborators

MauiHub.org represents a collaboration between local farmers, value-add producers, our customers and these community minded organizations

Frost Foundation

Provided initial and continued funding and support for Maui Hub.

The Common Ground Collective

Initial fiscal sponsor, administrative oversight, insurance & accounting at start up.

Office Of Economic Development

HI Electric

Hawaii Electric Supports Maui Hub

Provided funding to Maui Hub with a CHANGE grant from the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund