KUALOA RANCH (Hawaii News Now) - As you hear the cows mooing in the background; it's the sound of the 51st Hawaii State Farm Fair taking over Kualoa Ranch this weekend.
From keiki rides, to hula and other lively center stage entertainment, to fresh produce right off of the farm, and learning about aquaponics and much more. This fair is not only fun, but a great way to learn about how you can show your support to "growing" and "buying" local.
"There is a definite difference of buying local, the quality that we do here as farmers we are very proud of....and just the variety," said Dean Okimoto, Nalo Farms.
And various 4H livestock clubs are here to showcase their animals, which involves hands on work.
"I've learned how to raise an animal and take care of an animal," said Jorden Reese , 4H Leeward Paniolo's. "It is not very easy, just like how you raise a human."
"It is hard work because we have to make sure we have to feed it everyday," said Hayshalee Silva, 4H Leeward Paniolo's.
"He is sometimes stubborn and he doesn't want to listen but when he is with other animals he is better," said Jenaina Aiona, 4H Leeward Paniolo's.
And 4H has taught these keiki valuable life lessons.
"It is very important because livestock education and agriculture in general isn't pushed in schools as heavily as it use to be so trying to get kids involved in outside activity in 4H... help involve the youth at a younger level and get them where they are more involved in their community" said Bridget Napier, 4H Leader.
Seems like a lot of farmers and agriculture specialists in the making.