The Dialog: Strengthening Hawaii’s Meals Programs

Nursing AG to meet Big Island needs; Feed kupuna; Sustainable agricultural systems; Aina Aloha Declaration on the Economic Future; Hawaiian Art Group Updates; Kupuna wisdom

Nursing Ag to meet Big Island needs

Hawaii Food Basket, the Big Island’s central pantry, has been building local food contacts for some time now, helping them meet demand more than ever.


Kristin Frost Albrecht, Managing Director, Hawaii Food Basket

Credit Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice


Feed grandparents

Disaster risk reduction experts have been concerned about Hawaii’s food security for years, warning that importing 90 percent of our food leaves us dangerously vulnerable. Daniela Spoto Kittinger of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice tells us why Hawaii’s kupuna is among the most at risk of starvation during this COVID-19 disorder. Click here to read the Hawaii Appleseed Center’s Feeding Our Kupuna Report.


Daniela Spoto Kittinger, Director of Anti-Hunger Initiatives, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice

Remembering Willie K

The native Hawaiian musician Willie K passed away this week. We remember the man and his music.


Willie K

Sustainable agricultural systems

Like fairy rings after wet weather, circles of common interest emerge in Hawaii’s economic and social landscape. People unite to develop strategies for a better future as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Albie Miles, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Ag Systems at the University of Hawaii West Oahu, talks to us about food security in Hawaii. Click here to learn more from Albie Miles on Community Food Sovereignty During COVID-19.


Albie Miles, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems, University of Hawaii-West Oahu

Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration

Another local Hui or interest group is formed around traditional Hawaiian values. Kamana Beamer, Associate Professor with the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law and the Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and Noe Noe Wong Wilson, Executive Director of the Lalakea Foundation, tell us about the Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, which describes relationships with the land at the center of a new socio-economic system in Hawaii. Click here to learn more and provide your input.


Kamana Beamer and Noe Noe Wong Wilson, Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration

Updates on Hawaiian artist groups

Check in to the Hawaii Arts Alliance, Hawaii Symphony, and Village Hui. Hawaii Arts Alliance, the only nationwide arts advocacy group, received $ 60,600 from federal CARES to cover expenses for more than 2 months. They also started a Creative Network database. Click here to learn more about the network. The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is also using funding from the CARES Act – it received $ 750,000 to make it through the current season. No brass or woodwinds are played through tiny zippers in the musicians’ masks, although they may look forward to future performances and the concert under the stars at the Waikiki Shell. Village Hui, a group of manufacturers and restaurants mainly based in Kakaako, offers a weekly collaboration. For $ 25, get a Sunday brunch for two and the chance to get a gift bag from local small businesses. Click here to learn more at


Hawaii Art Update May 22, 2020


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Voucher wisdom

Harry Meyer was born in Illinois in 1929 during the Great Depression. He served in the Korean War and moved to Hawaii in 1950. He worked with Honolulu Mayor Neal Blaisdell, entrepreneur Henry Kaiser, and other members of the Honolulu scene. He owned and operated the Hawaiiana Hotel in Waikiki for decades before retiring in 2000 and moving to the California desert. The 91-year-old sent a Kupuna wisdom note to his seven children in view of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus.


Harry Meyer

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