12 May 2023

James ‘Jimmy’ Nakatani

Longtime leader of HFB, HDOA, ADC was 74

James ‘Jimmy’ Nakatani

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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