Locavore potluck features speakers

Hawai’i Farmers Union United, Mauna Kahalawai Chapter will present its monthly locavore potluck from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Maui Chef’s Table at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Doors will open at 5:30; dinner is served from 6 to 6:45.

The evening’s guest speakers include Steve Rose of Maui Hemp Institute for Research and Development, who will present a talk titled “Hemp Is Here . . . Let’s Get Planting.”

Brad Bayless and Lehia Apana are apprentices in Hawai’i Farmers Union United’s Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program. The husband-and-wife team will share their story as future farmers during a talk titled “Native Farm Restoration.” They are currently working to revive their 3-acre property in Waiehu — which was previously in kalo production — into a thriving edible landscape filled with kalo and other native crops.

The evening will also include live entertainment by Kekoa Kalehuawehe, prize giveaways, networking and more.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share (to feed six people). Otherwise, cost is $10 for Hawai’i Farmers Union United members; $12 for nonmembers. This is a waste-free event. Attendees are asked to bring their own plate and utensils, or they will be provided for a fee.