Roy Oyama stands with his wife Gladys to be honored
with 4-H’s “Gifts to the Alii” presentation at the 2007 4-H Aha‘olelo.
Oyama finds farming relaxing, he recently commented. Maybe, compared with his
other ag-related achievements and activities, it is. Owner of Oyama Farms, Roy is
also past president of the Kauai Farm Bureau, the Kauai Farmers Association, and
the Kauai Farmers Association Development. He’s a past or present member of the
Kauai County Water Department Board, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation Board,
West Kauai Soil and Water Conservation District Board, Hawai‘i 4-H Foundation
Board, and the Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i 4-H Livestock Boards.
recently celebrated, along with his family, for important contributions to
agriculture at last year’s Kaua‘i Farm Fair, Roy has also been honored with 4-H
Hawai‘i’s “Gifts to the Alii” presentation, given to those who symbolize the
highest type of leadership in Hawai‘i, at the 2007 4-H Aha‘olelo conference.
Even more impressively, he was recognized by the Kauai Museum as a Living Treasure
in 2005 for his agricultural achievements.
The Oyama family was honored during the opening
ceremonies of the 2015 Kaua‘i Farm Fair.
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done a lot to merit these awards. A staunch supporter of everything ag-related,
he offers extra produce from his farm to those in need, helped to organize a
conference on sustainable agriculture in the Islands, was instrumental in
establishing the Kaua‘i Farmer’s Market, and helped to revitalize the state’s
papaya industry after it was decimated by the ringspot virus.
among these activities may be his association with 4-H. A member in his youth,
Roy has volunteered for the organization for some 45 years, first as a leader
of the Kaua‘i 4-H Livestock Club and later serving on the Livestock Committee
and 4-H Foundation. Even now he is often called on to help screen hogs or
steers for a 4-H show.
a big believer in getting kids involved in agriculture at an early age, one of
his priorities when he became a 4-H volunteer leader. He brought up his own
children in 4-H, crediting it for giving them discipline and important life
lessons. As he explained, “Without the 4-H program, [our family] wouldn’t be his
strong.” What he’s not saying is that without Roy, 4-H wouldn’t be so strong,