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James ‘Jimmy’ Nakatani, whose “life and passion were about promoting and cultivating local agriculture,” passed suddenly last month.
Nakatani was a graduate of Waipahu High School who earned a business administration degree from UH. His career in agriculture included becoming the third-generation operator of his family’s Oʻahu watercress farm in 1978, serving as president of the Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau, and heading the state Department of Agriculture from 1995 to 2003.
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