The Discuss: Strengthening Hawaii’s Meals Techniques

Nurturing ag to meet the needs of the Big Island; Keep kupuna fed; Sustainable Ag systems; Declaration of the economic future of Aina Aloha; Hawaiian Art Group Updates; Kupuna wisdom

Nurturing ag to meet the needs of the Big Island

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

Kristin Frost Albrecht, Managing Director, Hawaii Food Basket

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 explains why Hawaii’s kupuna is 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.

Sustainable Ag systems

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

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

Declaration on the economic future of Aina Aloha

Another local hui or interest group is forming around traditional Hawaiian values. Kamana Beamer, Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law and the Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and Noe Noe Wong Wilson, Executive Director of the Lalakea Foundation, report on the Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, which builds relationships with the country Center of a new socio-economic system in Hawaii. Click here to learn more and make your contributions.

Kamana Beamer and Noe Noe Wong Wilson, statement on the economic future of Aina Aloha

Hawaiian art group updates

Check in to the Hawaii Arts Alliance, Hawaii Symphony, and Village Hui. The Hawaii Arts Alliance, the only nationwide arts advocacy group, received $ 60,600 in CARES Act funding to cover more than two months of expenses. You also started a Creative Network database. Click here to learn more about the network. The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is also leveraging funds from the CARES Act – it received $ 750,000 to get through the current season. No brass or woodwinds are played through tiny zips in the musicians’ masks, although they are watching future performances, and the concert under the stars at the Waikiki Shell could take place. 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 a chance at a gift bag from local small businesses. Click here to learn more at

Hawaii Art Update May 22, 2020

Coupon 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 Honolulu’s public. He owned and operated the Hawaiiana Hotel in Waikiki for decades before retiring in 2000 and moving to the California desert. Now in 91 he sent his seven children a note about Kupuna wisdom in the face of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus.

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