Archive for the ‘eat local’ Category

'Seeds of Hope' on PBS Hawai‘i

September 12th, 2013
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PBS Hawai‘i presents the broadcast premiere of "Na Kupu Mana‘Olana: Seeds of Hope" at 9 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 19.

If you haven't had the opportunity to see this documentary, then here's the chance to see a 56-minute version from the comfort of your home.

Did you know:

>> Hawaii imports more than 80 percent of its food to the isles? "If we're cut off from the mainland, our food supply, we're in big, big trouble." – Dean Okimoto, Nalo Farms.

>> At least 50 percent of Hawaii's farmland has been destroyed over the past five decades?

>> Access to land and water is one of the biggest challenges to farming in Hawaii?

Catch interviews with Hawaii's food growers, ranchers, farmers and educators including Richard Ha (owner, Hamakua Springs Country Farms), Shin Ho (Ho Farms), Kamuela Enos (MA‘O Farms), Chris Kobayashi (Wai‘oli Farm) and Robert Harris (director, Sierra Club Hawaii),  as they tell their personal stories.

While examining food, water and land issues (as well both sides of the GMO debate) critical to Hawaii, "Seeds of Hope" also gives us hope for the future of the Aloha State's future food security by profiling farmers who are getting creative, going organic and finding answers by returning to local and traditional methods of growing food. The film also finds educators who are cultivating the next generation of farmers.

Its message is that consumers also have power to sway the future.

"It's up to the consumer to say, yes, I'd rather buy produce from Hawaii." Jack Spruance, president, Molokai Livestock Coop.

The film, written and directed by Hawai‘i island filmmaker Danny Miller,  was an official selection (and nominee for the Golden Orchid Award) at the 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival.

Hawai‘i Conservation Grinds

July 18th, 2013
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Trust for Public Land Booth at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference features a Laysan albatross.

Trust for Public Land Booth at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference features a Laysan albatross.

The 21st annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference started on Tuesday and continues today at the Hawai‘i Convention Center with another full day of forums, sessions and an afternoon symposium on feral cats. Field trips take place on Friday.

Yesterday, the conference hosted the "Community Connections" event, which was open to the public. I often wonder, with issues of conservation, how you reach out to people to make them care or how you reach people who aren't already actively involved in academic research or conservation work.

I think the answer is — with food. With good grinds, that is.

Peter Foster of Memoir Hawaii served up Waialua chocolate bars sprinkled with Goat Island sea salt.

And there were long lines for good conservation grinds using local meats and produce by a stellar lineup of chefs who support the "eat local" movement including Ed Kenney of Town, Mark Noguchi of Pili Group, John Memering of Cactus Bistro, and others.

They used beef from Kualoa Ranch and Molokai, fish from VJ's Butcher Block and vegetables from various farms across Hawaii.

Peter Foster of Memoirs Hawai‘i made a melt-in-your-mouth, salted chocolate crunch bar from Waialua Chocolate grown on Oahu's North Shore sprinkled with "Goat Island Salt."

Daniel Anthony of Hui Aloha ‘Aina Momoma served  up fresh pa‘i‘ai.

Not long after the food was served up, the conference offered a free screening of "Seeds of Hope," telling the story of Hawaii's return to local and traditional methods of growing food.

It's all connected — food, land, culture and conservation of Hawaii's natural resources through the choices we make every day.

As people mingled in the marketplace, plates of prosciutto-wrapped papaya, golden and red beets, savory mushroom tarts, and rosemary spears of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil were served.

The conservation conference is a good time for people to reconnect, exchange ideas and reconfirm their commitment to conservation.

Conversations revolved around topics like Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Laysan albatross with bellies full of plastic and preserving farmlands.

It was neat to see that this is a crowd that brings their own bags and their own bottles to fill up at water stations.

It was a time to shop for native plants from Hui Ku Maoli Ola, the latest fashions by Kealopiko and artwork of Hawaii's beautiful landscapes and birds. The Hawaiian artisans of Aupuni Place were demonstrating everything from kapa pounding to lau hala weaving.

The title index shows a broad range of topics covered from a proposed protocol for surveying the Hawaiian hoary bat to sediment management techniques from Vanuatu which could have potential applications for Hawaiian coral reef protection.

This caught my eye: "A Tale of Two Invaders and Two Islands: Fountain Grass and Ivy Gourd on Maui and Lanai." Or how about  "Cleaning Up with  Kalo" and "The Ecology of the Pupukea tide pools and their value within a Marine Life Conservation District"?

By the way, July is Hawaii Conservation Month. So let the momentum can continue...

Summer Films at Waimea Valley

May 29th, 2013
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Introducing the "Taste of Summer Film Series," which will offer a monthly series of inspirational and educational documentaries promoting the local food movement starting in June. The film series is presented by the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation and Waimea Valley.

One film will be screened each summer month at 7:30 p.m. following the Haleiwa Farmer's Market from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Waimea Valley. Local food vendors from the market will be on hand serving an assortment of tasty and locally grown meals, snacks and beverages.

Admission and parking are free at Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway. Films will be shown in the Pikake Pavilion.

Here's the lineup of films:

>> June 6: "Ingredients Hawaii" — Captures Hawaii's farm-to-table movement as well as the vibrant food community dedicated to human, environmental and cultural health. 32 minutes.

>> July 11: "Seeds of Hope" — Exposes the world to the individual heroes who are working to solve the  biggest issue facing Hawaii — how can Hawaii feed itself? For 1,000 years the Hawaiian people produced enough food to support an estimated population of 1 million but today, an estimated 85 percent of food is imported to the isles. 87 minutes.

>> Aug. 1: "Truck Farm" — Tells the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers from New York City to rooftops, windows and barges. Includes musical narration by The Fisherman Three. 48 minutes.

Visit www.facebook.com/events/103016103240221 for more information.

Food for thought: "The Greenhorns"

March 18th, 2013
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Need some food for thought on where our food will come from in future generations? "The Greenhorns" is a documentary portraying America's young farming community and its commitment to creating a sustainable future.

Punahou School and Slow Food Oahu are hosting a free screening of the 50-minute film 7 p.m. Thursday (March 21) at Thurston Memorial Chapel. The screening is part of Punahou's Food for Thought film and discussion series.

The film, by farmer-filmmaker-activitst Severine von Tscharner Fleming, features young farmers across the  U.S. mainland who are choosing pioneering methods in agriculture as a way of life. You can learn more on The Greenhorns Facebook page.

The screening will be preceded by samplings from local farms at 6 p.m. The film will be screened at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion with young, local farmers.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Campus parking is free. Visit www.punahou.edu/foodforthought or call 945-1352 for more information.

Seeds of Hope

October 6th, 2012
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Don't miss "NA KUPU MANA'OLANA (SEEDS OF HOPE)" set to premiere 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Hawaii International Film Festival at the Dole Regency Stadium Theater in Honolulu.

The 86-minute documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker Danny Miller, tells the story of how Hawaii is returning to local and traditional methods of growing food.

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For more than 1,000 years, Hawaiians produced enough food to support an estimated population of 1 million, according to the film, whereas 85 percent of the state's food today is imported. If current trends continue, Hawaii's last agricultural lands will be gone by 2040.

"The film celebrates the courageous work of farmers and educators throughout the state who are growing new ideas for increasing local food production, through traditional, sustainable and organic methods," said Miller in a press release.

Besides an in-depth look at the history of Hawaii's agriculture and the role played by the state's physical isolation, the film looks at how the rising cost of shipping food across vast oceans created incentives for communities to return to the ethic of malama ‘aina and sustainable agriculture.

More than 50 farmers, ranchers, scientists and educators who shaped Hawaii's agricultural past and future are featured in the film. They include Molokai farmer and OHA trustee candidate Walter Ritte and Robert Harris, director of Sierra Club Hawaii, as well as Larry Jeft of Jeft Farms, Monique Van Der Strom of Naked Cow Dairy, Kamuela Enos of MA‘O Farms and Shin Ho of Ho Farms.

"If we're cut off from the mainland, our food supply, we're in big trouble," says Nalo Farms owner Dean Okimoto in the film. "We're in big, big trouble. For an extended period of time, we would not be able to feed our people."

The film is narrated by Puanani Burgess, with original music by Jim Kimo West.

Miller, who is based in Pahoa on Hawaii island, is the film's writer, director and editor. The film, produced in partnership with the Hawaii Rural Development Council, took three years to complete.

"SEEDS OF HOPE" has been nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award at this year's film festival. It will be screened at 3 p.m. Oct 13 as well as at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium Theater (735 Iwilei Rd.).

To learn more, visit www.seedsofhopethemovie.org. Visit www.hiff.org for tickets.