WAIMANALO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ancient Hawaiians have sustained themselves for centuries here in these islands and there is much to learn from this. That comes from organizers of an upcoming, grassroots conference on food self-sufficiency here in Hawaiʻi. Amy Kalili has more.
We felt that what was really missing in the predominant dialogues around Hawaiʻiʻs food systems was this idea about having it culturally grounded and back to what we believe in Hawaii.
ʻÂina Hoʻôla o Mâʻilikûkahi
Pono ma o ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi kçia mau kiʻina hana e ʻimi ʻia nei no ka hoʻolako meaʻai a mâlama ʻâina.
ʻImi ana ko kçia ʻÂina Hoʻôla o Mâʻilikûkahi i ke ʻano e hoʻôla hou ʻia ai kçia ʻike a mâkau no nâ ʻônaehana hoʻolako meaʻai ô mau o ka Hawaiʻi.
ʻÂina Hoʻôla o Mâʻilikûkahi is working to bring back this sense of a sustainable Hawaiian food system.
It's first being able to say this is what we want to eat. We want nutritious food. We want culturally-appropriate food. And we should have the ability to produce it for ourselves.
Pono he makakau no ke kûpono o kçia ʻano meaʻai me ka ʻiʻini e hoʻokô aku.
He hanana kçia ʻaha ʻÂina Hoʻôla i loko o kekahi ʻano aukahi hoʻi e ulu ana ma Hawaiʻi nei no kçia ʻano ʻimi hoʻolako meaʻai ô mau.
The ʻÂina Hoʻôla conference is part of a bigger food sovereignty movement.
We have workshops throughout the day and it's everything from banana paper making to school gardens to where is policy at.
He mau papa mai ka hana pepa ʻana a i ka mâlama mâla a pçia nâ kânâwai.
E loaʻa pû ana nâ papa hoʻonui ʻike no ke kuke i ka meaʻai kûpono.
There will also healthy cooking classes.
Someone is talking about urban gardening. There's another workshop about if you want to raise chickens in your backyard.
Loaʻa kekahi no ka mâla ma ke kaona me ka hânai moa ma ka pâhale.
E loaʻa pû ana nâ huakaʻi hoʻonui ʻike no kekahi mau pâhana e ʻimi ʻia ana ma Waimânalo, kahi e mâlama ʻia ai ka ʻaha.
Participants will visit various projects in Waimânalo – the host community.
Weʻre going to go visit CTAHRʻs Waimanalo Research Center their soft garden. Weʻre visiting Olomana Gardens.
Some are going to stick around the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association and their going to learn how to build aquaponics tanks.
E kipa ana i kahi noiʻi ʻo CTHAR me Olomana Gardens, a aʻo ana kekahi no ka ʻônaehana pahuiʻa a meakanu.
E huakaʻi a kipa pû aku ana i kekahi mau mâla liʻiliʻi o ko Waimânalo mau kaiâhome me nâ kula kekahi.
Participants will also visit some local family and school farms in Waimânalo.
That idea is for conference participants not to stay isolated in one area but to go out into the community talk story to the people out their that are doing some stuff some radical stuff.
Pono e komo i ke kaiâulu a ʻike i nâ ʻano mea maikaʻi loa like ʻole e hana ʻia nei.
ʻO ka manaʻolana ka hôʻeuʻeu ʻana i nâ kaiaulu e ʻimi i nohona ô mau me ka ʻike a mâkau i aʻo ʻia ma kçia ʻaha.
Hopefully the sharing of skills and ideas will create self-sustainable communities.
I think what's really unique about this conference is it inspires you, it shows you the role that you can play.
He ʻaha hôʻeuʻeu a hoʻâmana ke ʻano.
E holo ana ka ʻaha mai ka lâ 7 a i ka lâ 9 o Iune. No ke kâinoa a ʻike hou aku e kele aku iâ MaoOrganicFarms.org.
The conference will be held June 7-9, 2010 and you can register online at MaoOrganicFarms.org.