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Scaling Up: Hawai‘i's Food Future

2022  |  27 mins  |  English

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local farmers, entrepreneurs, elected officials and other stakeholders share their vision for growing Hawai‘iʻs agricultural sector with the aim of increasing the state’s food supply and diversifying the economy. 

Scaling Up: Hawai‘i's Food Future 
captures a crucial juncture in Hawai‘i’s future in the movement for a paradigm shift to sustainable agriculture.

This short documentary was commissioned by
ThinkTech Hawai‘i and funded by the Cooke Foundation.
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For more information about this production, contact us at:

PBS Hawai‘i premiered the film in May 2022..


ThinkTech Hawai‘i did an interview with director Kimberlee Bassford before the film's world premiere.

Watch it here.

Below is a list of known screenings of the film. 

PBS Hawai‘i, rebroadcasts, 2024 and 2023

Maui Film Festival, Online, July 3-30, 2023

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA, February 17-18, 2023

United Nations Day, Church of the Crossroads of Honolulu, co-sponsored by United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise (UNU-RCE) Education for Sustainable Development, Hawai‘i Institute for Human Rights and United Nations Association - USA Honolulu, Hawai‘i, October 24, 2022

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, September 8, 2022 

PBS Hawai‘i, broadcast premiere, May 19, 2022 

Hawai‘i International Film Festival, World premiere online during the festival, April 15-24, 2022


Kimberlee Bassford


Executive Producers

Jay Fidell

Carol Mon Lee


Director of Photography

Valerie Narte



J. Maki‘ilei Ishihara


Motion Graphics Artist

Mahima Tuladhar


Additional Camera

Kimberlee Bassford



Kathleen Zane


Audio Post Production

Hank Gonzalez



Gerard Elmore



Jason Brand, Kō Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum

Dylan Butterbaugh, Mānoa Chocolate Hawai‘i

Tamara Butterbaugh, Mānoa Chocolate Hawai‘i

Nicholas Comerford, University of Hawaii College for Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources

Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Hawai‘i State Senate

Keali‘i Figueroa, Leilehua High School

Jackie Freitas, Leilehua High School

Brendon Lau, Mari's Gardens

Todd Low, Hawai‘i State Department of Agriculture

Michael Roberts, University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization

Glenn Wakai, Hawai‘i State Senate

Denise Yamaguchi, Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation


Archival Courtesy Of

Donovan M. Dela Cruz

Farish Media

Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation

Hawai‘i State Archives

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau (IHVB)

Kō Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum

Mākaha Studios

Mānoa Chocolate Hawai‘i




“Hawaiian Skies”

Courtesy of Jeff Peterson



Alexia Akbay

Jonathan Bassford

Michael Bassford

Naleea Bassford

David Cho

Teves Freitas

Jill Friedman

Dot Fujinaga

Armando Garcia-Ortega

Dick Jones

Kerry Kakazu

Donna Kimura

Cheng-Sheng Lee

Brian Miyamoto

Wayne Murphy

Robert Pennybacker

Maria Sabio

Neil Sims

Laurence Sombardier

Allison Tong

Shan Tsutsui

David Wong

Stephanie Whalen


Scaling Up: Hawai‘i’s Food Future is a co-production of ThinkTech Hawai‘i and Making Waves Films LLC, with partial funding provided by Cooke Foundation, Limited.


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All Rights Reserved.

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