Gordines back as KCFB president

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Hawaii Farm Bureau Executive Director Brian Miyamoto, left, congratulates the 2018 Kauai County Farm Bureau board after swearing-in ceremonies Sunday during the Kauai County Farm Bureau annual meeting at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu. From left are Miyamoto, Johnny Gordines, Laurie Ho, Ryan Oyama, Rodney Haraguchi, Sandi Kato-Klutke, Jerry Ornellas and Randy Yokoyama. Missing are Roy Oyama and Joey Silva.

NUKOLII — By a unanimous vote at the Kauai County Farm Bureau annual meeting, Johnny Gordines repeats as the Kauai County Farm Bureau president.

The meeting was held Sunday at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort. Gordines has been in agriculture for 34 years. He and his wife Terry are fulltime growers, exporters and designers of tropical flowers and foliage at their Kapahi farm. He also serves as president of the Hawaii Tropical Flowers and Foliage Association-Kauai chapter, vice president and board member of the Hawaii Tropical Flower Council, Hawaii Florists and Shippers Association, and Kauai director for the Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association.

Rodney Haraguchi, a fourth generation wetland taro farmer in Hanalei Valley, fills the vice president slot. A partner of Hanalei Taro &Juice Company, he promotes value-added taro products and local food. He is the president of the Kauai Taro Growers Association and the nonprofit Ho‘opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill.

Laurie Ho, who retired after working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 32 years, fills dual slots of secretary and treasurer. She is owner of Kalepa Ulu breadfruit farm.

Also elected to the board are Sandi Kato-Klutke, a member since 2008; Jerry Ornellas, a previous KCFB president; Roy Oyama, a member since 1972; Ryan Oyama, relinquishing his KCFB treasurer’s position, Joey Silva and Randy Yokoyama.

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