The Hawaii State Farm Fair, now in its 53rd year, is an annual event started in 1962 by the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation (HFBF) as a way to promote awareness of Hawaii’s agricultural and ranching industries.
The Farm Fair is held in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture and Hawaii 4-H Livestock Council(4-H) aims to educate young people about the various aspects of agriculture. 4-H also exhibits their livestock and demonstrates their knowledge at the Fair through presentations and performances with their animals.
The Hawaii State Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has also been a big part of making the Hawaii State Farm Fair Hawaii’s premier agricultural event. The HDOA’s 240 employees statewide work to support, enhance and promote Hawaii’s agriculture and aquaculture industries.
The annual event has been held at Kualoa Ranch for the past four years serving as the perfect country venue. Being a 4,000-acre working cattle ranch stretching from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling see, the variety of terrain provides a paradise for outdoor recreation.
There are also many other sponsors who help make the event successful such as the Hawaii Tourism Authority, City and County of Honolulu, and many other community organizations and businesses. Exhibitors from the state, counties and local farmers and ranchers are present to inform, educate and entertain fair goers of all ages annually.
The HFBF was founded in 1948 and is the largest non-profit general agriculture organization representing approximately 2,000 farm and ranch family members statewide. The HFBF serves as Hawaii’s voice of agriculture, protects, advocates and advances the interests of our diverse agricultural community.
The Hawaii State 4-H is one of the oldest and most effective programs of non-formal education in Hawaii. The program assists young people in developing life skills that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society though pride in workmanship and accomplishments, personal interaction with peers, and respect for the environment. 4-H touches approximately 35,000 young people annually throughout the State of Hawaii.