Chris Manfredi, best known for his work kick-starting the Ka‘u coffee industry, is the new president of the Hawaii Farm Bureau.
Manfredi has served as HFB vice president under two previous administrations and has chaired the Government Affairs Committee for three terms. He follows Dean Okimoto, who led the bureau for nine terms.
Recently returned from American Farm Bureau’s 95th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, where Farm Bureaus from all 50 states were represented, Manfredi said, “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with farmers and ranchers across the state and across the nation. We owe farmers and ranchers a debt of gratitude for making life so easy for the rest of us.”
Myrone Murakami, a former HFB president, was named vice president. He has been a Farm Bureau member for 33 years. He operates an Oahu farm where he and his family have grown papaya and ti leaf for more than 30 years.
The Hawaii Farm Bureau was founded in 1948 and is a statewide nonprofit organization of 1,832 farm families united for the purpose of analyzing problems and formulating action to ensure the future of agriculture thereby promoting the well-being of farming and the State’s economy.
HFB serves as Hawaii’s voice of agriculture to protect, advocate and advance the social, economic and educational interest of Hawaii’s diverse agricultural community.