Peaceful protest at Mauna Kea on moku o Keawe (Hawai‘i island) over the last two weeks has brought alaka‘i (lead) protectors to organize thousands of Mauna Kea kia‘i (protectors) at the base of the sacred mountain. A thirty meter telescope has been of contentious debate since a groundbreaking ceremony was stopped in 2014.
Kia‘i chained themselves to a cattle guard at the entrance base of Mauna Kea on Monday July 15, 2019.
Here is a full court press conference from Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
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There has been 150 years of water theft from East Maui by conglomerate sugar barons. Their gross entitled attitudes have overflowed into abuse of power in cooperation with status quo, bought-off politicians. The reprehensible damage done to this remote East Maui area is not all visible. The fallow fields of kalo that once were, are […]
Farmers Voice Hawai‘i (FVH) is dedicated to those who farm, ranch and fish in the islands Hawai‘i. It was inspired by the need for farm story-telling in mainstream news media. The name “Farmers Voice Hawai‘i” was selected after research uncovered an historic national farming newspaper, Farmers Voice, that published through 1913. Hawai‘i has critically important […]
Eight Meetings, Three Deliberations, Sand Moratorium on Friday Agenda Again excerpted from Sustainable Action Fund for the Environment (SAFE) In April last year (2017) Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa asked Mike White and the county council to study central Maui sand mining and consider imposing a moratorium. Councilmember Elle Cochran wrote a bill that proposed a […]
During the last many years whenever there is a meeting regarding water and East Maui the question has always been raised, “How many farmers are there?” The question that ought to be asked is, “How many farmers could there be?”. The embattled thirty year fight for East Maui water with recently sold Alexander & Baldwin […]
With simultaneous timing to the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture confirmation decision and the required published legal notice, Kauai kalo farmer Don Heacock and Arkansas water buffalo rancher Tom Olson, drove pregnant water buffalo 1600 miles from Texarkana, Arkansas to Los Angeles Airport for delivery to Hawai‘i via Air Cargo
blog-style post for International Women’s Day With all the nervousness in the air with new Maui sugar lands purchase and the constant national lure of despair, its taken some will power to stay positive. After careful observation of intergenerational farmers and the involvement of county, state and non profit organization support, I have to admit, […]
UPDATE: Unfortunately, although HB536 was scheduled for a hearing on Wed 1/31, the Committees ran out of time from other agendas that day and were therefore unable to receive testimony on this bill. Due to our advance notice requirements, in order to still consider this bill we were therefore required to re-schedule this bill and […]
Haleakala Farmers Meeting Tuesday, January 22nd – Maui, Hawai‘i Farmers Union United Attention all ranchers, farmers, gardeners and people who eat food and want to support those who grow/catch/raise it. The Haleakala Chapter of Hawai‘i Farmer’s Union United is moving back Upcountry to our new home at Kalama Intermediate Cafeteria. […]
PARENT WARNING: Disturbing pictures of animals included later in this article. It started a year ago. Department of Hawaiian Homelands granted a commercial operator Right of Entry and thus, exclusive hunting rights in the southern remote Maui area of Kahikinui. This contradicts policy on commercial activities of this sort by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL). DHHL sent […]
HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI (Dec. 20, 2018) – Mahi Pono, LLC, today announced the purchase of approximately 41,000 acres of former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company lands on the island of Maui from Alexander & Baldwin. This agreement ensures the continued use of these lands for agriculture, the preservation of green, open space in Central Maui, and […]
In the preface of David Gumpert’s book, “The Raw Milk Revolution: behind America’s emerging battle over food rights”, Joel Salatin states: In the 1970’s I sold our homemade yogurt, butter, buttermilk and cottage cheese at the Curb Market (precursor to today’s Farmer’s Market) on Saturday mornings. In those days, the Virginia Dept. Of Agriculture had […]