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Board of Directors
Gary L. Hooser
Andrea Noelani Brower
Mālia Kahaleʻinia Chun
Ikaika Michael Hussey
Bianca Kai Isaki
Kim Coco Iwamoto
Joshua D. I. IkaikaLoa Mori
Walter Ritte Jr.
Leslie Malulani Shizue Miki
Kekaulike Prosper Tomich
In these times, it is important to find beacons of hope. The graduates of HAPA’s second Kuleana Academy class shine a very welcome and bright light. By nurturing a community of thoughtful and accountable leaders, we are investing in a pono future for Hawai‘i. READ MORE
HAPA and its Education Alliance Partners have launched the second round of Kuleana Academy, a leadership development and non-partisan candidate training program for emerging leaders in Hawai‘i. Meet the 2017 Kuleana Academy participants! READ MORE.
Federal Court Ruling Places Responsibility on State to Protect Communities from Pesticides: Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals invalidated county ordinances in Kaua‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i Counties that sought to enforce public health protections associated with the high volumes of pesticides used by experimental genetically engineered seed operations in the Hawaiian islands. We expect immediate action from both the State legislature and the governor to enact protections. All of the energy that went into passing these laws on the neighbor islands will now be united and directed to the State. People aren't going to stop until our islands and the people are protected. READ MORE.
HAPA is excited to be part of “The Hawai‘i People’s Congress,” a new initiative led by a coalition of Hawai`i nonprofits whose purpose is to build a more just, fair and healthy future for Hawai`i. LEARN MORE.
HAPA launches the 2017 Kuleana Academy leadership and candidate training program, in partnership with other leading progressive Hawai‘i organizations. The four-month Kūleana Academy is designed to educate and train emerging leaders who have a desire to serve in public office, organize in their communities, or serve on one of Hawaii's many boards and commissions. The program will give the participants a well-rounded introduction to the critical issues in Hawai‘i, leadership skills training and base knowledge of the ins-and-outs of campaigning. All travel and participation costs are covered.
The state-funded JFFG final report makes recommendations to the state and county for environmental testing and health monitoring to close important information gaps and modernize Hawaii`s pesticide regulations. Take action now to ask the state to immediately enact the recommendations of its own state-funded report! Read more . . .
This week, HAPA proudly graduated 21 emerging leaders from the 2016 Kuleana Academy, our intensive 4-month non-partisan leadership development program designed to educate and train potential leaders who have a desire to serve in public office. Meet the graduates and trainers!
After carefully reviewing the situation for over a year, the government sponsored Kaua`i Joint Fact Finding Group (JFFG) has, in its report, re-iterated community demands for basic pesticide protections, and disclosure of data to secure further meaningful study.
Regional leaders of the international movement from around the world and Hawai‘i met in Honolulu share experiences in the battle against corporate land grabs, and strategies for winning protections for farm workers, communities, and local democracies.
The representatives were farmers, scientists and organizers from around the world, from as far as the India Pesticide Action Network to as close as the National Family Farm Coalition of the United States.
Their statement is one of solidarity with those struggling for public health protections and access for local food production in Hawai‘i . . . READ MORE . . .