During his decades in Hawaii’s food industry Derek has been a tireless advocate for local food. As Executive Vice President at KTA Super Stores he spearheads their Mountain Apple Brand, a unique line of Hawaii made and grown products. He also produces and hosts two shows celebrating the people and culture of Hawaii: People Living in Paradise and Seniors Living in Paradise.
Over the years he has lent his talents to HFIA in many ways. He is one of the association’s longest standing members of the Executive Committee and has led the association twice as Chair. During his second term, Derek initiated the HFIA Legislative Talk Story. By creating spaces for legislators and industry leaders to meet, Derek helped create a positive dialogue that enables cooperation on shared goals. Derek is extremely generous with his time and knowledge. Every year, over the past few decades, Derek has donated his time and energy to light up the stage of Made in Hawaii Festival, as the event’s emcee. People from all over the state come to enjoy his personality and warmth.
Derek’s genuine love for local food and happiness in sharing it with others is evident to everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him. Through all his many contributions to our industry, Derek shows each day the hard work he is willing to do to promote made in Hawaii products, feed Hawaii families, and make local food more accessible to everyone.