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Joni Kamiya
I am a long time Windward Oahu resident born and raised. Grew up on the North Shore and Waikane area on the farm. My dad is Kenneth Kamiya, a long time papaya farmer and advocate in Hawaii. I am also an occupational therapist trained at Washington University in St. Louis, volunteer community educator with Project Dana, public relations and webmaster with the Occupational Therapy Association of Hawaii, and occasional lecturer at Kapiolani Community College. My other jobs include mother of two, caregiver to my grandmother, artist of sorts, and blogger about ag issues in Hawaii.

I write on these issues to bring light to the issues being experienced by many small farmers. I hope to give a voice to these people that make up the picture of agriculture in our islands. I do not receive any shill checks of any kind of my opinions. I'm just a local born Hawaii person who wants to speak up. These are simply my own views of being a Hawaii Farmer's Daughter.

Entries by Joni Kamiya

Farmers Are the Musicians of the Earth

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:11 PM


Longevity runs in our genes and a few weeks ago, our family celebrated the 100th birthday of a great uncle. As part of his birthday celebration, we were treated to an Okinawan taiko performance.

It's really thrilling and mesmerizing to hear...

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Hawaii Is Not the Hawaii I Knew

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 2:54 PM


On Sunday's Star Advertiser, the headline story was that the SHAKA Movement is now going after the sugar cane industry. This is the very industry that changed the face of our islands that brought people here. This is how we got our beloved...

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Molokai: A Community Comes Together in the Face of Adversity

(10) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:20 PM

2014-10-24-AERIALPICTURE.jpg Photo credit: Edwin Christian Mendija

I find it hard to believe that little Hawaii has become the center of the worldwide GMO controversy. The global political war is taking place right here in our communities and can literally destroy it with bad policy....

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Fruitful Lessons From Papayas to Oranges

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:03 PM


It was the saddest sight I've ever seen: My father's fields turned into a diseased wasteland of trees.

Where papaya trees once stood, thick with leaves and fruit, only dead stumps remained. His life's work as a farmer seemed to...

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Hope for the Future Generation of Farmers

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 8:38 AM


As a kid growing up on the farm, I knew firsthand how hard farm life was. There was no leisurely Saturday mornings in front of the TV or fooling around all day doing nothing. There was work to be done before the...

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Was 2013 Year of the Hawaii Farmer?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:47 AM

Earlier this year, 2013 was deemed the "Year of the Farmer" on the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial, "So God Made a Farmer." Was it really a year for them here in Hawaii?

With the multiple laws aimed at agriculture introduced late last year and this year, it...

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Giving Thanks for What We Have

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 7:57 AM

So many of us are busy running around to the grocery store to pick up those necessary foods to prepare for our feasts. We run and get a cart and browse the aisles with our lists in hand. It all gets packed up into bags and then home to be...

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Having Nothing Teaches You Something For Life

(7) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 11:14 AM


My dad grew up at a time when people were literally dirt poor. They were lucky to even get a full meal on a day to day basis. Most of their food was grown on their own farms too. Getting enough...

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Memories of a Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Today, I am inspired to actually sit down and write this blog. Why? Because the Hawaii that I was born and raised in is changing. Some for the good and some for the bad. Changes are occurring rapidly with how we live and do things in our islands. Local people...

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