watch: island earth

posted July 11, 2017

To feed all the humans on the planet, we are going to have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we have grown since the beginning of civilization.

Shocked when he found out that chemical companies were using Hawaii as the testing ground for their GMO crops, director Cyrus Sutton decided to take action. This film documents the three year journey that he embarked on. Island Earth tells the stories of Malia Chun, Cliff Kapono, and Dustin Barca – three Hawaiians seeking to make Hawaii a beacon of hope for an uncertain future.  Their journey takes us from GMO corn fields to traditional loi patches in order to uncover the modern truths and ancient values and wisdom that will help us to halt our unsustainable depletion of the earth’s natural resources and to discover how we can feed the world without destroying the planet.


workshop: regenerative agroforestry in hawaii.

posted July 2, 2017

Hawaii based Agroforestry Net and FARM Centre are teaming up to offer the Aloha Syntropica-Regenerative Agroforestry Workshop series in Hawi, North Kohala, Hawaii from August 20th to 31st, 2017. The workshops are designed to immerse farmers in regenerative agroforestry and will include personal training in the theory and practice of planning, planting and managing diverse food forests in a way that is both ecologically and economically sustainable.
Rodale Institute’s 2014 report on regenerative organic agriculture and climate change confirms the value of the work, “Changing farming practices to organic, regenerative and agro-ecological systems can… improve farm profitability and revitalize traditional farming communities while ensuring biodiversity and resilience of ecosystem services.”
August 20–25, 2017—Part 1: $1195 ($1075 before July 7)
August 27–31, 2017—Part 2*: $1195 ($1075 before July 7)
Parts 1 & 2: $1995 ($1795 before July 7)
10% early registration discount for payment before July 7
To find out more about this workshop and to register click HERE

to reduce food waste, farm insects

posted March 13, 2017

It’s called protaculture, and Robert Olivier has made it accessible using an invention he calls the “biopod.” The idea is simple: put food waste into an enclosed space with the black soldier fly to bioconvert the food into proteins and fats that can then be used for livestock feed. Unlike composting, the biopod can even be used to convert animals products. The paradigm shift he proposes is this, what if we didn’t need to grow corn and soy to feed livestock? What if we could do it with our food waste alone.

Tune into the Greenhorns Radio Show on Heritage Radio Network tomorrow at 4:00 to learn more when Sev interviews Robert Olivier. Or, as always, catch the podcast!


Haiku Aina Permaculture Initiative

posted November 17, 2016

Respected Internet explorers and seekers of Harmony with Nature; welcome to this entry portal, introducing you to our work at the Ha’iku Aina Permaculture Initiative (also known as HAPI).

The project, as we see it, is a way of applying principles of agroforestry and permaculture in an area of rainforest on this beautiful island in the South Pacific Ocean.

Integrating principles and wisdom of native Hawaiian spiritual culture, we are aspiring to create a model of soil renewal, reforestation, and human interaction with nature in a paradigm of respect, harmony, and adherence to the natural law.
Welcome to our vision and our world. We hope you will find something here that can serve and inspire you as well.

(In the Hawaiian Language, which is filled with mysteries and hidden meanings, “HA” represents the Breath of Life – The Spirit, “I” represents The Self, and “KU” means “rising upright” it is the name also given to the Rising Sun. So Hai’ku, the name of the place where our project is located can be said to represent The True Self Standing Upright in Spirit).


dreamy dream job

posted September 19, 2016


For those of you whom have fantasized about growing on an organic biodynamic farm IN HAWAII, we feel like it is our solemn duty to inform you that Pu’u O Haku Ranch on Molokai is hiring for a ground manager position. See posting below:

Grounds Maintenance Specialist.
Primary Responsibilities: This position is typically responsible for performing a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following; manual weed removal, pruning, mowing, trimming, planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, landscape lighting, pool, waterscape and drainage maintenance and occasional seed collection and installation of mortarless loose rock paths and small wall units.

The Grounds Maintenance Specialist is also responsible for many different projects related to planning, planting and caring for grounds, orchards and gardens including; (more…)

hawaiins fight in court to preserve GMO ban

posted June 28, 2016


In case you missed it, two weeks ago, our friends and allies at the Hawai’i Center for Food Safety took five cases through the 9th circuit appeals court focusing on the rights of local communities to regulate and legislate genetically engineered seed crops and pesticide use. The video embedded below has the live recording of court proceedings. Scroll to 1:40:00 to see CFS lawyer Andy Kimbrell in action in court. See fellow CFS lawyer Sylvia Wu speak about the impacts of these cases here.

hawaii to ny in a double hulled sailing canoe

posted May 19, 2016

Hōkūleʻa, our Star of Gladness, began as a dream of reviving the legacy of exploration, courage, and ingenuity that brought the first Polynesians to the archipelago of Hawaiʻi. The canoes that brought the first Hawaiians to their island home had disappeared from earth. Cultural extinction felt dangerously close to many Hawaiians when artist Herb Kane dreamed of rebuilding a double-hulled sailing canoe similar to the ones that his ancestors sailed. Though more than 600 years had passed since the last of these canoes had been seen, this dream brought together people of diverse backgrounds and professions. Since she was first built and launched in the 1970s, Hōkūle’a continues to bring people together from all walks of life. She is more than a voyaging canoe—she represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the World to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing.

To learn more, click HERE!

hawaii back story of colonialization

posted December 24, 2015

What We Want vs. What We Can Get:Colonizing Ourselves


Colonization can take place in many ways. One of the ways that it occurs is diverting our energy away from organizing for what we actually want, to instead organizing for what we think we can get under the current system.

Large environmental groups in the U.S. have diluted community activism for decades. When coalfield communities wanted to ban strip mining in the 1970s, the large environmental groups steered them toward “practical” alternatives, such as the regulation of the practice, rather than the banning of it. Today, of course, those laws do nothing to keep mountain tops from being blown off in West Virginia, or to prevent longwall coal mining in Appalachia from dewatering streams and polluting drinking water. Long-term effects of those practices, of course, include the combustion of coal, which is not-so-slowly cooking the
And it’s not just stories of yesteryear – today, communities who know that they need to ban fracking, factory farming, pipelines, and other developments are reminded by the large environmental organizations that banning those operations is not only impractical, but illegal and unconstitutional under the U.S. system of law

seeking young food movement leaders

posted July 12, 2015

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Food Sovereignty Tours, a program of Food First, is seeking young leaders, farmers, and food activists from diverse backgrounds who are working to advance the mission of food justice and food sovereignty in their local communities, nationally and/or internationally.Preference given to applicants from underserved communities. People of color strongly encouraged to apply.

One selected applicant will be awarded a full scholarship plus airfare to join a Food Sovereignty Tour educational delegation to Hawai’i August 14-22, 2015 to explore food justice and sustainable agriculture on the island of O’ahu.

About Food Sovereignty Tours

Food Sovereignty Tours is a project of Food First/Institute for Food & Development Policy. Our goal is to expose the realities of the global food system, educate participants about alternatives, and help you engage with the global movement for food sovereignty. We do this through educational tours that offer an opportunity to travel to international destinations to experience local food systems first-hand.

About the Hawai’i Food Sovereignty Tour

Food First’s inaugural Hawai’i Food Sovereignty Tour will take place August 14-22, 2015 and will focus on the stunning tropical island of O’ahu and explore its movement for food sovereignty in the face of a globalized, corporate food system. We’ll tour farms across the island and meet with diverse actors to see how the movement is nurturing the next generation of farmers, community leaders, and scholars cultivating food justice in paradise. Click here to read about the tour. (Tour is open to the public, all other interested people not meeting criteria for this scholarship are invited to please contact for details about the delegation).