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Dean Okimoto

One of the state's leading farmers has long done his best to promote Hawaii agriculture

By Mark Coleman

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 26, 2011

~~<p>Dean Okimoto could be considered the godfather of farmers markets in Hawaii for his role in starting the immensely popular Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market, thereby boosting the &quot;eat local&quot; movement that brings locally grown foods to local tables and provides opportunities for many of the state's 800 or so farms that produce food.</p>
<p>Okimoto started the KCC market in 2003 along with retired Honolulu Advertiser food writer Joan Namkoong on behalf of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, the farm lobbying group for which Okimoto served as president for eight years.</p>
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Dean Okimoto could be considered the godfather of farmers markets in Hawaii for his role in starting the immensely popular Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market, thereby boosting the "eat local" movement that brings locally grown foods to local tables and provides opportunities for many of the state's 800 or so farms that produce food.

Okimoto started the KCC market in 2003 along with retired Honolulu Advertiser food writer Joan Namkoong on behalf of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, the farm lobbying group for which Okimoto served as president for eight years. Login for more...



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