Solving Hawaii’s food crisis: Documentary film ‘Seeds of Hope’ premieres on Molokai tomorrow

| November 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

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Documentary film “Na Kupu Mana`olana — Seeds of Hope,” which chronicles the food crisis in Hawaii, will be shown for the first time on Molokai tomorrow at Kalaniana’ole Hall.

The free movie and light dinner produced and sponsored by the Hawai’i Rural Development Council begins at 5:30 p.m. Besides the free dinner and refreshments, there will also be a lucky name drawing for potted ‘ulu plants, T-shirts and other items.

After once producing enough food to feed one million people, Hawaii now imports about 85 percent of its food. Given the rising costs of shipping, how can Hawaii once again feed itself? “Na Kupu Mana`olana — Seeds of Hope” looks at the history and challenges of agriculture in Hawaii and hopes to answer this crucial question.

After the movie there will be opportunities to join in a discussion on the state’s food security and food sovereignty, its agricultural resources and practices, and the future of our farming industry and rural communities. Discussion panel will include guest speakers Glenn Teves, Jack Spruance, Alan Murakami and Walter Ritte.

There will also be informational booths to browse and a free light dinner, organic popcorn, locally made Kiawe treats and refreshments will be served.

This event has been made possible by the HRDC, Molokai Community Service Council, the MOM Hui, OLA Molokai and Hawaii SEED.

For more information, contact Mercy Ritte at or 213-1021.

Category: Hawaiian Culture, News, Sustainability

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  1. sam monet says:

    In ancient times, Moloka’i, with all of its fish ponds, produced a food surplus and was the breadbasket of the islands. Warring chiefs of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, when transiting the islands with their armies and war canoes, came to Molokai to re-provision, not to make war.

    Even after the post contact abuse of her natural resources by foreigners, she still has some water, productive lands, a forest and the fishponds that can be rehabilitated and restored.

    A recent UH study revealed that over the last 30 years, Hawaii has had a 6% decline in rainfall, along with a 28% decrease in trade winds ascerbating the ongoing drought conditions state wide. As rainfall decreases, growth rates in newly planted trees decline. Water must be conserved for farming. The study indicates that there is nothing we can do to prevent global warming, it is a fact. All we can do is prepare for its devastating affects that will impact the entire planet.

    Hydroponic farming is an option for leafy greens and tomato. It uses little water, produces high quality crops on very little land and is environmentally benign. Power to run the pumps can be produced by photovoltaic panels.

    Global warming has reached the point of no return related to coral reef destruction world wide. Unfortunately, our reefs will be gradually destroyed.

    By modern standards, Oahu is a foreign land. Focus on Moloka’i.

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