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4-H is one of the oldest and most effective programs of non-formal education in Hawaii.  The 4-H classroom is a world of real hands-on projects and demonstrations, leadership development, and personal economics.  4-H teaches pride in workmanship and accomplishments, personal interaction with peers, and respect for the environment.

4-H assists young people in developing life skills and in forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.  4-H strives to help young people "make the best better" through programs that emphasize learning by doing.  4-H touches approximately 35,000 young people annually throughout the State of Hawaii.

4-H helps young people develop quality friendships with adults and peers.

4-H teaches youth important life skills such as leadership, decision-making, and personal-coping skills and helps them acquire and use knowledge.

4-H is a program about our future, our youth-an organization that is constantly changing to meet the needs of young people in today's world.

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4-H is for youths age 5-19 from all racial, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds.

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Popular projects today are food & nutrition, clothing, health, safety, environment, and leadership.  New projects range from aerospace to theatrics to food safety.

4-H members may also learn about livestock, crops, forestry, marketing, and machinery.  Other projects are electricity, environmental protection and conservation, photography, public speaking, woodworking, entomology, small engines, and personal development.

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4-H involves young people everywhere.  They meet in homes of members or their leaders, in schools, or in other community buildings.  4-H is found wherever professional Cooperative Extension Service personnel and CES volunteer leaders are available to conduct the program.

Flexibility is the key to today's 4-H projects-flexibility is the kinds of learning offered and in the variety and scope of projects.

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4-H Emblem...

A green four-leaf clover with a white "H" on each leaf.  The four H's stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

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4-H Slogan:

"Learn by Doing"

4-H Motto:

"To make the best better."

4-H Colors:




4-H Pledge:

I pledge:

My head to clearer thinking
My heart to greater loyalty
My hands to larger service
My health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

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4-H Statement:

"4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills."

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Ways to Participate:

To meet the needs of a constantly changing society, 4-H has developed a number of ways to participate.

4-H Club:

Youth participate in organized 4-H clubs, with officers and a planned program that is carried on through all or several months of the year.  The 4-H club offers multiple projects and club activity programs.  Completing an individual enrollment form accomplishes enrollment.  A club consists of five or more members.

>> Cloverbuds (for youth 5-8 years old) - 48.05 KB PDF

4-H Individual Membership:

Participating in a planned youth 4-H program for individual members or youth who cannot meet with 4-H club units due to distance or undue conflict, such as some seniors in high school or freshmen in college have, may become individual members.

To enroll as an individual member, youth must:

  1. Meet the age requirements set up to belong to 4-H
  2. Complete an individual enrollment form

Individual 4-H members are bound to rules set up by local 4-H Councils concerning deadlines for enrollment, appropriate conduct and other policy requirements.

4-H School Enrichment Programs

4-H School Enrichment programs are based on 4-H curricula.  Completing a group enrollment form accomplishes enrollment.

The following criteria govern the use of 4-H curricula in school settings:

  1. Experientially based, including activities for each lesson
  2. Conducted by the classroom teacher or other volunteer with assistance from 4-H personnel
  3. A cooperative program between school and 4-H.  The school provides the enrollment list and teachers.  4-H provides program assistance, training ties with the community and support  materials. (Support materials are provided to teachers and students at the cost of printing and  handling.)

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How to Join


Claire Nakatsuka » 1955 East West Road #217 Honolulu, HI  96822
(808) 956-7196


Nancy Ooki » 310 Kaahumanu Ave. Bldg 214 Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 244-3242


Laura Kawamura » 3060 Eiwa St.  Rm. 210 Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 274-3473

East Hawaii

Becky Settlage » 875 Komohana St. Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 969-8213

West Hawaii

Joan Chong » 79-7381 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808) 322-0166

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Forms & References

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In the Territory of Hawaii, 4-H began under the auspices of the Federal Agricultural Experiment Station and leadership of Frederick G. Krauss, Harvey F. Wiley and Mabel Greene. It was launched in 1918 with a 31-member pig club on Maui. In 1923, Miss Greene integrated the 4-H club work with the public schools with teachers who were trained in agriculture and home economics.

1956 National 4-H Conference
1956 National 4-H Conference: Ron Au, Amy Nojiri, Jane Miyashiro, Kelly Chung, and Charlie Maruyama

By 1926, there were 4-H clubs on Oahu, Hawaii, and Kauai. That year, the Pollyanna 4-H club of Honolulu exhibited in Chicago and won a national prize. It was the first time a club had participated from such a "distant place" as Hawaii

In the decades which followed, 4-H clubs in Hawaii played important roles in major events of their times. During the 1930's Depression, groups of older boys and girls organized into junior farm and home demonstration clubs. During World War II, 4-H clubs developed horticultural practices such as grafting macadamia nut trees and coffee plants.

After the war, the beef calf program made its debut, financed by Bank of Hawaii. Under this arrangement, loans of up to $125 for the purchase of beef calf were offered by the bank to qualified 4-H club members. Another major activity was collection and sale of pasture grass and legume seeds.

As the decades passed, the 4-H broadened its scope, thanks to increased public funding through the Extension Service, assured by acts of Congress. In 1927, both the 4-H motto, "To make the best better", and the four-leaf clover emblem were approved. By 1977, the 4-H council had been created by a merger of the 4-H Club Foundation and National 4-H Service Committee.

Meanwhile, programs were evolving in line with the needs of youth in a changing society. During the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, increased emphasis was given science, work with low-income people, minorities, and urban youth.

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Early History of 4-H Club Work

Boys and girls 4-H club work was started in Hawaii in 1918, during the first world war. The slogan "Food Will Win the War" was used, and Hawaii's boys and girls joined in with adults to grow food

Club work became a part of the Agricultural Experiment Station of the Departmment of Agriculture in 1923. Miss Mabel Greene was appointed Territorial 4-H Club Leader to do the work in Hawaii

In 1926, when the Smith-Lever Law was amended to provide funds for the Territory of Hawaii, the Copperative Extension Service at the University of Hawaii was established. Miss Mabel Greene then became Hawaii's first home demonstration agent. She was assigned to do Extension work on the island of Oahu. During 1928 and 1929, 4-H Clubs were organized on the four major islands.

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First 4-H Conference

The first conference was called the Territorial 4-H Club Week. It was held on the Manoa campus of the University of Hawaii, June 16-20, 1930. At this gathering, there were in attendance eight boys and eight girls from the island of Hawaii, four boys and four girls

1961-62 State 4-H Federation Officers
1961-62 State 4-H Federation Officers. Seated: Cheryl Kaneoka, Thelma Hashimoto, Raleigh Awaya, Kay Ito, and Geraldine Hamai. Standing: Terri Tamashiro, Jeannette Siangco, Evangeline Gumapac, Milton Kanemoto, Juliette Miranda, Shirley Matsushima and Pearl Ota.

each from the Islands of Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. Eleven adult leaders chaperoned the group.

Yearly conferences continued for two years. The next conference was held June 10-14, 1939 with a total of 120 4-H club members and 17 leaders in attendance. The boys were housed in the Mills Building and the girls in the Kawaiahao Building at the Mills School, presently known as Mid Pacific Institute.

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4-H Ahaolelo

No additional conferences were held until 1947, when the name "Ahaolelo,"--a Hawaiian word meaning "to come together for a meeting,"--was adopted as the offical name of the territorial 4-H gathering. Ninety-nine 4-H member delegates and local club members attended. The 4-H delgates were selected on the following basis of two boys and two girls from each county plus one delegate per 100 members enrolled and/or major fraction thereof. Separate enrollment for boys and girls was considered the basis for determining the number of delegates. In addition, two club leaders, one for the boys' and one for the girls' clubs, came from each county as delegates.

The 1949 Ahaolelo theme was "Better Living For A Better World". Ninety-six members and eighteen local leaders were officially registered. The judging contest was one of the main events, and the combined boys' and girls' score won Maui judging championship that year.

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Gifts to the Alii

One of the distinctly Hawaiian features of the 4-H Ahaolelo is the annual presentation of representative products of the land to persons who symbolize the highest type of leadership in Hawaii. This is called the "Gifts To The Alii" presentation. This tradition was started in 1953 when Governor and Mrs. Samuel Wilder King were recognized. Other recipients are as follows:

  • 1954 - Mr. Morley L, Theaker
  • 1955 - Dr. Frederick G. Krauss
  • 1956 - Gov. Samuel Wilder King
  • 1957 - UH Regent Chairman, Philip Spaulding
  • 1958 - UH Pres. Laurence H. Snyder
  • 1959 - Gov. William F, Quinn
  • 1958 - UH Pres. Laurence H. Snyder
  • 1959 - Gov. William F. Quinn
  • 1960 - Sen. Hiram L. Fong, Sen. Oren E. Long, and Rep. Daniel K. Inouye
  • 1961 - Herbert Cornuelle
  • 1962 - Alexander Spoehr
  • 1963 - Gov. John A. Burns
  • 1964 - Duke Kahanamoku
  • I965 - UH Pres. Thomas H. Hamilton
  • 1966 - Y. Baron Goto
  • 1967 - Rep. Spark Matsunaga
  • 1968 - Mayor Neil S. Blaisdell
  • 1969 - Rep. Patsy T. Mink
  • 1970 - Rev. Abraham K. Akaka
  • 1971 - Police Chief Dan S.C. Liu
  • 1972 - Mayor Shunichi Kimura
  • 1973 - Mayor Elmer Cravalho
  • 1974 - Al Harrington
  • 1975 - Mayor Frank F. Fasi
  • 1976 - Gov. George R, Ariyoshi
  • 1977 - Checkers & Pogo - Jim Demarest & Morgan White
  • 1978 - James Y. Shigeta
  • 1979 - Nora Cooper, Maui News & KMVI
  • 1980 - Clorinda Lucas
  • 1981 -Judge Betty Vitousek
  • 1982 - Henry F. Rice
  • 1983 - Rep. Daniel K. Akaka
  • 1984 - Mrs. Jean Ariyoshi
  • 1985 - Andy Bumatai
  • 1986 - Melveen Leed
  • 1987 - Carole Kai
  • 1988 - Gov. John Waihee
  • 1989 - UH Pres. Albert J. Simone
  • 1990 - Robert J. Pfeiffer
  • 1991 - Frank DeLima
  • 1992 - Walter A. Dods, Jr.
  • 1993 - Dwane Brenneman
  • 1994 - David Morihara
  • 1995 - None
  • 1996 - Fred Trotter
  • 1997-2002 - None
  • 2003 - Rep. Dennis Arakaki
  • 2004 - Larry Price
  • 2005 - None
  • 2006 - Mayor Mufi Hanneman
  • 2007 - Roy Oyama (Kauai)
  • 2008 - Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland
  • 2009 - Kenneth Lum
  • 2010 - None
  • 2011 - Dean Okimoto
  • 2012 - None
  • 2013 - John Morgan

Voices of Hawaii's 4-H History Project

Cooperative Extension Service celebrated its Centennial Year in 2014, an to increase public awareness of Cooperative Extension and its 4-H Youth Development Program, the "Voices of Hawaii'i 4-H History" project was launched. The goal of this project was to capture the recollections of former members, leaders, volunteers, and staff via video recordings that reflected personal and community-based 4-H History. This oral history project helped to illustrate and preseve Hawaii 4-H rich history.

Two Youth-Adult Partnership teams, each consisting of two teens and one adult respinded to the invitation to work on this project. The teams from Kona and Maui participated in a training that covered interview questions and techniques, project design and management, pre-production, fiming, and camera techniques. Because of training time constraints, teams were encourgae to connect with their community's Public Television to assist in editing and piecing the video together. Each teacher was required to produce a minimum of two videos.

Kona Videos



Maui Videos


1958 Cherry Pie Baking Contest State Finals
1958 Cherry Pie Baking Contest State Finals. Showing their final product are ?, ?, Audrey Takitani, Arleen Horio Taguchi, Margaret Silva Bailey, and Louella Chun Chang.

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Friends of 4-H

The tradition of recognizing people who have made significant contributions to 4-H Club work throughout Hawaii was begun in 1955. Dr. Frederick G. Krauss, former director of the Hawaii Extension Service; U.H. President Gregg M. Sinclair; and Mr. Morley Theaker, Manager, Hawaii Sears Roebuck and Company were honored. Subsequent recipients are as follows:

  • 1956 - S. W. Pettigrew, Ronald Q. Smith, H. H. Warner
  • 1957 - A. G. Budge, D. M. Ferguson, E. M. Boyen, and G. L. Noble
  • 1958 - David Austin, Y. Baron Goo, and Harold Wadsworth
  • 1959 - Carl E. Hanson and Masaru Sumida
  • 1960 - Riley Allen, Lorrin Thurston, Mrs. Fred Makino, Mr. Shigeo Soga and Dee Gibson
  • 1961 - Mr. Randolph Crossley, Mrs. Lynn Bacon, and Mr. Alfred Castle
  • 1962 - Mr. Byron E. Yoder, Jr., Mr. J. Howard Pierce, and Mrs. Edith Izumi
  • 1963 - Mr. W.H. Ditler, Mr. Elmer F. Cravalho, Mrs. Elsie Boatman, and Miss Emmie Nelson
  • 1964 - Mr. Charles J. Cummings, Mr. DeWitt McCloskey, and Mr. Alfred O. Souza
  • 1965 - Mrs. Sylvia Levy, Mr. Richard Penhallow, Mr. Albert Teruya and Mr. Chauncey B. Wightman
  • 1966 - Mr. Kazuo Kosaki, Mr. Vernon R. Odgers, Mr. Maurice Sullivan and Mr. H.F. Willey (In Memorium)
  • 1967 - Dillingham Corporation, Hawaii Extension Homemaker's Council, Pineapple Research Institute, and Mr. John L. Stormont
  • 1968 - Chun Hoon Super Market, Foremost Dairies-Hawaii, Ltd., KMVI T.V. and Radio, Meadow Gold Dairies-Hawaii, Ltd. and J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
  • 1969 - Mr. David A. Akana, Mrs. Leilehua Eldredge, The Garden Island, Mrs. Gertrude Harrell and Mr. Harvey M. Vollrath
  • 1970 - Community Press Newspapers, Hawaii Meat Company, Mrs. Amy Rich and Mr. Wilfred Yamamoto
  • 1971 - Mr. J.E. Lenahan, Mrs. Clorinda W. Lucas, Mrs. Catherine B. Thomas, and Mr. Stewart L. Wade
  • 1972 - Hawaii 4-H Beef Steer Committee and Hilo Hongwanji Mission
  • 1973 - Kiwanis Intemational Club and The Singer Company
  • 1974 - Fresh Milk Industry of Hawaii and Hui Manoalana Foundation
  • 1975 - Mr. A.W. (Art) Campbell and Mr. William T. Yamamoto
  • 1976 - Mr. James Y. Shigeta and Kahului Shopping Center
  • 1977 - Mr. Henry Rice and McDonald's Restaurant
  • 1978 - Miss Kathryn Orr and Mrs. Pearl Petro
  • 1979 - Mr. Michael Lyons and Maui Councilman Toshi Ansai
  • 1980 - Mrs. Harolyn Fukuda and Senator Ralph Ajifu
  • 1981 - Mr. Stan Takayama, Hawaii Optometrics Association and Bank of Hawaii
  • 1982 - Ms. Paula Lum
  • 1983 - Mr. Harry Kunimune and Mr. Gilbert Ayres
  • 1984 - Mrs. Bernadine Alexander and Mr. Harry Plate
  • 1985 - Dr. James C. Nolan, Dr. Wade W. McCall, Mrs. Orpha Herrick, Dr. Audrey Maretzki and Mr. David Young
  • 1986 - Bank of Hawaii, Dr. Vivian Halverson, and Mr. Saku Nakamura
  • 1987 - Mr. Bunki Kumabe, Mrs. Meryl Suetsugu, Ms. Hildegaard Verploegen and Mr. Terry Yamane
  • 1988 - Mr. Wendell Koga
  • 1989 -
  • 1990 - Ms. Lois Loomis, McInerny Foundation
  • 1991 - Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., Dr. Reynold Shirai, and Dr. Kellet Min
  • 1992 - Dr. Kensey Inouye, Mr, Ronald G.S. Au, Mr. Stanley Kawamura and Cosmopolitan Travel

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Conference Newspaper

During the 1930 4-H Club Week, a daily newspaper called the HOIKI PU KA LA meaning daily report was published. It continued to be published in 1931 and 1932. No conference paper was issued until 1955 when the publication was called NUUAHOU AHAOLELO. It meant 'news of the Ahaolelo.' It was discovered that the first word was misspelled, so before the conference ended the name was changed to HUHOU AHAOLELO. Molokai submitted the name. The newspaper was not resumed in 1956 but in 1957 it was published issuing only a single edition. In 1958 three issues were printed.

In 1959 it was a daily during the 4-H Ahaolelo. 4-H reported from each county met each day with the Extension editor and published a very creditable paper. There was no news paper during the 196O Ahaolelo. During 1975-78, a daily paper, KA LEO O'AHAOLELO was published. No newsletters have been printed since.

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Ahaolelo Tree Planting Ceremony

Although the tradition of tree planting during the 4-H conference was started in 1947, it was not until 1953 when trees were planted in memory of some person or persons. It was then that a group of five Samoan coconut trees were planted in memory of Richard Sumida and his family.

Trees planted by 4-H members during the past years are:

  • 1947 - Balsa, Orchroma Lagopus (near Ag Eng. bldg, on EW Road and Dole St.)
  • 1948 - Gold Tree, Cybistax donnell-smithii (near Ag. Eng. Bldg. on EW Rd.)
  • 1949 - Pua Kenikeni, Fagraea berteriana (near Ag. Eng. bldg., tree died)
  • 195O - Octopus, Brassia actinophylla (administration bldg, ewa corner near information offices)
  • 1951 - Kukui, Aleurites molucccana (front of Gilmore)
  • 1952 - False Olive, Elaeodendron orientale (quarry side of Frear Hall)
  • 1953 - Samoan Coconut, Cocos nucifera (Manoa side of Gilmore Hall - Richard Sumida family)
  • 1954 - did not plant
  • 1955 - did not plant
  • 1956 - Hernandis ovigera (ewa side of Sinclair Library (Dr. Lyon))
  • 1957 - did not plant
  • 1958 - Flame Tree, Brachychiton acerifolium (Eric Rapoon)
  • 1959 - 4 Gold Trees, Cybistax donnell-smithii - Frederick Krauss, H.H. Warner, Harold Wadsworth and Baron Goo - 4 Extension Directors.
  • 1960 - Rainbow Shower, cassia fistula x javanica - Dr. Robert C. Clark, Wisconsin.
1955 National 4-H Conference Delegates
1955 National 4-H Conference delegates: Wallace Kunimoto (Hawaii), Gretchen Shiroma Kawabata (Oahu), John Stormont, State 4-H Leader, Helen Yoshikane Aoki (Oahu), and Randy Honda (Maui).

No record of trees were planted till 1985 when a Pua Kenikeni tree was planted in honor of Betty Zane Shimabukuro, In 1986, a Norfolk pine in front of Bachman Hall was planted in memory of Lt. Col. Ellison S. Onizuka.

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Annual Leaders Meeting at Ahaolelo

The Territorial 4-H Leaders' organization was organized on a trial basis during the 1953 Ahaolelo. In order to put it on a permanent basis, Mrs. Florence Jurgemeyer, president, called a special meeting of the representative of county councils in June 1954. As a result of this, the first meeting of the leaders was held during the 1954 Ahaolelo when new officers were elected. Toshimasa Tando of South Oahu was chosen president in 1955 and the leaders met during Ahaolelo until 1961.

Through funds made available by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, western division, outstanding 4-H leaders were able to attend the National 4-H Congress held annually in Chicago.

In 1953, Mrs. Mary Lee, a lO-year club leader from Molokai had the honor of being the first leader-delegate to the Congress. Other recipients were:

  • 1954 - Robert Fujimoto, Hilo
  • 1955 - Mrs. Misao Mihata, East Oahu
  • 1956 - Toshimasa Tando, South Oahu
  • 1957 - Amy Kimura, South Oahu
  • 1958 - Maurice Ishimoto, West Oahu
  • 1959 - Mrs. Gladys Tashiro. Kauai
  • 1960 - Larry Nakamoto, South Oahu
  • 1961 - Mrs. Mikiyo Hirano, Kauai

Since 1962, the State 4-H Leader's Federation and the Hawaii 4-H Foundation have supported sending a leader or leaders to the National 4-H Congress.

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4-H Club Federation of Hawaii

Two Territorial-wide 4-H club conterences were held from July 1, 1947 to June 30, 1948. During the 1947 conference the delegates decided to form a territorial organization of 4-H clubs. They elected officers and decided that these officers and the county agents draw up the constitution and bylaws which may be presented at the subsequent 4-H conference.

Officers elected were: Junko Uyenoyama, President, East Hawaii, Hisao Yamada, Vice President, Maui, Amy Nagaue, Secretary, East Hawaii, and Walter H. Murakane, Treasurer, Hilo.

During the 1948 4-H conference which was held June 14-19, a constitutional convention was held with President Junko Uyenoyama presiding. At this meeting a constitution and bylaws were adopted. The official name of the organization was the 4-H Club Federation of Hawaii. Officers elected for 1948-49 were Clarence Nihei, President, West Oahu, Norma Ito, Vice President, East Oahu, Fumie Ouchi, Secretary, South Oahu, and Roy Ganiko, Treasurer East Oahu.

The objectives of the Federation adopted were: "To unite all county 4-H Club Federation into a territorial affiliation; to improve the quality of 4-H Club work; to provide opportunities for leadership; to encourage 4-H member participation in state and national events; and to assist in the training and developing of 4-H members as better citizens." Presidents of the Federation in the ensuing years were:

  • 1940 - Robert Nakamatsu, West Oahu
  • 1950 - Albert Uechi, South Oahu
  • 1951 - Helen Kobayashi, West Oahu
  • 1952 - Clarence Yamamoto, East Oahu
  • 1953 - Hugh Matsuura, East Hawaii
  • 1954 - Wallace Kunimoto, East Hawaii
  • 1955 - Amy Nojiri, East Hawaii
  • 1956 - Kenneth Yoda, South Oahu
  • 1957 - Ronald Watanabe, Kula, Maui
  • 1958 - Dennis Miyoshi, Kauai
  • 1959 - Jamnes Kuroiwa, Kauai
  • 1960 - Amy Masaki, West Oahu
  • 1961 - Raleigh Awaya, East Oahu
  • 1962 - Herbert Takahashi, Hilo
  • 1963 - Ellison Onizuka, Kona
  • 1964 - Pieper Toyama, Paauilo
  • 1965 - Bruce Nelson, Kona
  • 1966 - Lani Tashiro, Kauai
  • 1967 - Ted Yamanaka, Hilo
  • 1968 - Ted Yamanaka, Hilo
  • 1969 - Kay Yamaguchi, Wailuku, Maui
  • 1970 - Alan Park, Honolulu
  • 1971 - Steven Shimizu, Honolulu
  • 1972 - David Mah, Honolulu
  • 1973 - David Mah, Honolulu
  • 1974 - Paul Shigeta, Kahului, Maui

The Board of Directors meet twice a year, once during the Christmas holidays in a county determined during the annual meeting and the second during the Ahaolelo (the annual meeting).

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Hawaii 4-H Foundation

The role of the Hawaii 4-H Foundation is to receive and manage any property or funds and to use the same to best meet the needs for the advancement of 4-H. Funds are to augment existing programs of training, studies, as incentives and to develop new programs, as well as to finance educational trips and scholarships. The Foundation is to use the resources to best meet the needs, advancements and interests of the 4-H program of The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service. "It was incorporated by the state in 1961 and classified as a public foundation under Section 50 (c) (3) of the IRS.

The Hawaii 4-H Foundation supplements and complements public support available to the 4-H programs. The Foundation's purpose is to provide resources that are not available from the public section. Private resources are not used for regular staff positions.

Annual meetings are normally held the fourth Tuesday of January for the purpose of electing trustees and officers, establishing a yearly budget, and for transacting other necessary business. Quarterly meetings are normally held in April, July and October.

To view the Hawaii 4-H Foundation constitution and bylaws click here.

Hawaii 4-H Foundation: Board of Trustees

Jan Kemp (President)
Brenda Takahashi (Vice President and Nominations Committee Chair)
Kris Nakagawa (Secretary)
Guy Sakamoto (Treasurer)
Walter Horikawa (Program Support Committee Chair)

2014 Weinberg Youth At Risk Grant Application (48kb pdf)
Hawaii 4-H Foundation Grant Application (fillable pdf)

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Hawaii State 4-H Leaders Federation

The Hawaii State 4-H Leaders Federation is open to all volunteer 4-H Leaders with the objectives:

  1. To operate the state 4-H leaders' organization composed of registered, dues-paying county 4-H leaders.
  2. To help develop the social, education, and professional growth and development of 4-H leaders throughout the state.
  3. To support the understanding of the roles of volunteer 4-H adult leaders as required by the Cooperative Extension Service.
  4. To partner with the Cooperative Extensive Service in making 4-H club policies, developing leader training, and exchanging ideas.
  5. The club is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
  6. The club agrees to comply with all applicable UH Extension policies and procedures governing Hawaii 4-H and agrees that the County 4-H Youth Development Professional has all necessary and proper authority to oversee the Club to ensure the Club's compliance. Hawaii 4-H Foundation is authorized to include the Club in a group tax exemption. The Club will supply all necessary documentation to ensure the Club's inclusion in a group tax exemption.

The Biennial Meeting is an assembly attended by all registered, dues-paying Federation members, with voting rights. The Executive Board shall meet prior to the Biennial Meeting, unless otherwise ordered by the Executive Board, and within six (6) months after the Biennial Meeting. Special meetings may be called by three (3) members of the Executive Board, with a minimum of two (2) weeks notice given. The Executive Board may give notice and meet by electronic means.

The offices for 2016-2018 are:
President: Patsy Y. Iwasaki (East Hawaii), Corinne Chong (Kona), Viola Mundrick Wichman (Molokai)
VP: Verna Eguires (Oahu)
Secretary: Patti Anne Takaura (Maui)
Treasurer: Joyce Yamada (Maui)

Cooperative Extension Service Representative: Jeff Goodwin

County Representatives:
Kauai: Charlene Medeiros
Oahu: Verna Eguires
Molokai: Viola Mundrick-Wichman
Maui: Joyce Yamada
East Hawaii: Patsy Y. Iwasaki
West Hawaii: Iris Higashi-Oshiro

(L-R): State 4-H Leader Dr. Jeff Goodwin installs the 2016-2018 State 4-H Leaders' Federation of Hawaii officers President Patsy Y. Iwasaki, Vice President Verna Eguires, Treasurer Joyce Yamada and Secretary Patti Anne Takaura with candy bars with names "highlighting" officer duties!

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Hawaii State 4-H Livestock Council

The Hawaii State 4-H Livestock Council is incorporated and is governed by a board of directors. The purposes of this council is to help promote the educational development of the livestock industry in Hawaii through 4-H livestock projects; assist 4-H clubs and the 4-H livestock club members in the conduct of statewide livestock shows by approving and demonstrating leadership support; acquaint the public with the part played by 4-H club members in the livestock project and establish rules and regulations for 4-H market livestock projects in order that they may culminate in a successfully statewide event.

The basic responsibility of the Hawaii State 4-H Livestock Council lies with the sponsorship and execution of the State 4-H Livestock Show and Sales. These major responsibilities include the managing and accounting of the State Show and Sales, securing through it's Buyer's committee sufficient buyers for the animals that are shown, and securing an auctioneer for the selling of animals at the state show only.

Hawaii 4-H Livestock Council Constitution and Bylaws (PDF)

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Hawaii 4-H Alumni Association

An Ad Hoc Committee for the primary purpose of forming a 4-H alumni group to raise $3150 to send a group of state 4-H winners to the 1983 National 4-H Congress was the forerunner to the 4-H Alumni Association.

Today, the Hawaii 4-H Alumni Association supports 4-H programs throughout the state. You can join the Alumni Association for $25 a year or $300 lifetime membership for single, $500 lifetime membership for couple. College students can join for $10 a year.

For information/inquiries, write Hawaii 4-H Alumni Association, P.O. Box 61565, Honolulu, HI 96839-1565.

Current officers are:

President: Richard Mori
VP: Aimee Nakasone
Secretary: Marcia Miyasato
Treasurer: Diane Chung


Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every other month at Waialae Baptist Church Classroom, 1047 21st Avenue in Kaimuki. The annual meeting is in September and the new year starts October 1.

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National 4-H Council

The National 4-H Council, headquartered at the National 4-H Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland (1 mile from the D.C. line), is incorporated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes as a tax exempt organization. The National 4-H Council serves as a primary resource for Hawaii 4-H. It is governed by a large national board of trustees from business, industry, the cooperative Extension Service, and the USDA.

The primary purpose of the National 4-H Council is the development of responsible initiative in American youth by complementing and supporting the work of the Cooperative Extension Service with primary emphasis on 4-H. To accomplish this the Council is dependent almost entirely on private sector donations as thus must acquire and administer a multi-million dollar annual budget.

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"4-H is a community of young people across America
learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills."

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