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WAIMANALO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ancient Hawaiians had a very strong and intimate connection to the land they lived and worked on. Here's a program seeking to help families gain food self-sufficiency by reconnecting them to the land. Amy Kalili has more.

E nâ mamo o Hawaiʻi, aloha nui kâkou. ʻO kçia mau mea i pili i nâ kiʻina nohona ô mau, he mau mea nohoʻi, kuluma i na kupuna o kakou.

Concepts like sustainability and "going green" were second-nature to our kûpuna.

I hate to go to the store because it's so expensive. A lot of time I refuse to buy a lot of stuff, cause it's ridiculous how much it costs.

ʻÎlima Ho-Lastimosa

Co-Founder, God's Country Waimânalo

ʻAʻole au hele hale kûʻai no ka pipiʻi.

Ma ʻÂina Hoʻôla o Mâʻilikûkahi, ʻike koke nâ ʻohana i ka pilina o ka hoʻolako ponoʻî i ka meaʻai me ka nohona ô mau e pono ai ka ʻohana.

ʻÂina Hoʻôla o Mâʻilikûkahi is educating ʻohana about food self-suffiency.

This is the first time I ever learned about food sovereignty and you know it made total sense.

Basically because we relied so much on imports that we forgot about what's available to us here.

Bob Lastimosa

President, God's Country Waimânalo

Ma ʻaneʻi i aʻo mua ai no ka "food sovereignty." He kûpono, ʻoiai kaukaʻi nui kâkou i ka halihali ʻia mai o ka ʻai.

Na MAʻO Farms i hoʻolâlâ a hoʻolaukaʻi i ka ʻaha me ke kôkua a kâkoʻo o ka hui kaiâulu ʻo Godʻs Country Waimânalo.

The conference was put on by MAʻO Farms and God's Country Waimânalo.

Ua huakaʻi ko ka ʻaha ma Waimânalo a kipa aku i kekahi mau wahi e mâlama ʻia nei nâ papahana nohona ô mau e kô kçlâ kaiaulu e like me nâ ʻônaehana pahuiʻa a meakanu nô hoʻi.

Participants learned about work being done by Waimânalo ʻohana to promote food self-sufficiency, like aquaponics.

We did put together some systems today.

Feed the fish, the fish feed the plants, the plants feed you.

You get the protein plus all the vegetables, plus you get the peace of mind that comes with the growing and taking care (of the plants).

(ʻIlima)

Ua hoʻopaʻa ʻia kekahi mau pahu i kçia lâ e hânai ʻia ai ka iʻa i mea ʻai no ka meakanu i ʻai na kâkou kanaka. He kumuʻiʻo, lauʻai, a he kiʻina ô mau!

Ke noʻonoʻo nei kekahi o lâkou i ke kûkulu i kekahi ʻônaehana pahuiʻa a meakanu ma ko lâkou hale ponoʻî ke pau ka ʻaha.

Some participants plan on starting systems at home.

That's where Iʻm at. I wanna go guns a blazing for aquaponics.

(ʻilima)

Pîhoihoi no ka hana i kçia ʻônaehana pahuiʻa a meakanu!

ʻO nâ ʻôpio kekahi e ʻume ʻia nei i kçia pîhoihoi i pili i kçia ʻano ʻônaehana hoʻoulu meaʻai.

Youngsters are getting excitied about raising food as well!

Ho'âʻo nui ana au i ka mâlama maikaʻi i koʻu aquaponics, no ka mea he aquaponics system kaʻu ma ka hale.

Kuʻulei Kahiapo

ʻÔpio, ʻÂina Hoʻôla o Mâʻilikûkahi

I'm really going to try to take better care of my aquaponics system at home.

A ʻo ia ka pahuhopu nui o ka ʻaha, ʻo ka hoʻolako ʻike a pono hana e hiki ai ke mâlama kûpono ʻia aku nô nâ ʻohana a kaiâulu.

The goal is to give ʻohana the tools they need to provide for themselves.

It's about taking care of the land that takes care of you.

Going back to the family and being able to mâlama your own food.

(ʻilima)

i ka mâlama ʻâina, ʻohana a me ka hoʻolako meaʻai.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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