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“Na Kupu Mana`olana — Seeds of Hope” Premier on Molokai

By Jamie Ronzello, MOM Hui

It has been estimated that Hawaii currently imports 85 percent of their food.  However, if we were to look at the history of the Hawaiian Islands, it was not that long ago that the Hawaiian people produced enough food to support a population of one million. Yet today, with the rising costs of shipping foods and the resurgence in the community to return to land, is there hope that Hawaii can feed itself once again?

Come see the acclaimed documentary “Na Kupu Mana`olana — Seeds of Hope” that chronicles the history and current challenges of agriculture in Hawaii today. Be inspired by the “seeds of hope,” farmers and educators, throughout the Hawaiian Islands who are “…growing new ideas that can solve Hawaii’s food crisis and inspire a world to become more sustainable and to nurture the land that feeds us.”

The film will premier on Molokai at Kalaniana`ole Hall on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Join us in the statewide discussion about 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 Glenn Teves, Jack Spruance, Alan Murakami and Walter Ritte as guest speakers.  There will also be informational booths to browse and a free light dinner, organic popcorn, locally made Kiawe treats and refreshments will be served.

Mahalo to the following organizations who have collaborated to make this premier possible on Molokai:  Hawaii Rural Development Council (HRDC), Molokai Community Service Council (MCSC), the MOM Hui, OLA Molokai, and Hawaii SEED.

For more information, contact Mercy Ritte at themomhui@gmail.com or 213-1021.


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