Reflection's from HAPA Board President Gary Hooser on the November 9th ruling in Ke Kauhulu o Mana versus the State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and Syngenta.
A Kaua`i-based community group, Ke Kauhulu o Manu, filed a lawsuit against the State and Syngenta Corp. to enforce a Hawai`i law requiring environmental review for any significant action or development proposed on publicly-owned, coastal and conservation-zoned lands. In this instance . . . READ MORE.
Are you or someone you know interested in serving in public office? Want to grow as a leader in your community? Apply to HAPA Kuleana Academy today! READ MORE.
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.
Join us on August 20th in Honolulu for food, friends and important updates! 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!
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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.
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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 . . .
HAPA is proud to be featured in the 2015 Pacific Business News Giving Guide, which was published last Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. We are excited to share about our mission, Board of Directors, and opportunities to get involved!
HAPA launches Kūleana Academy leadership and candidate training program, in partnership with other leading progressive Hawai‘i organizations. The five-month Kūleana Academy is designed to educate and train emerging leaders who have a desire to serve in public office. 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.
Kūleana Academy Alliance Education Partners that presently include: Community Alliance on Prisons, Hawaiʻi Americans For Democratic Action, Hawaiʻi Appleseed, Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety, Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund, Hawaiʻi SEED, Hawaiʻi's Thousand Friends, KAHEA, Life of the Land, Maui Tomorrow, and UNITE HERE! Local 5.
Two important articles, in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Guardian, are important for the movement in Hawai‘i for public health regulations related to testing of GMOs and pesticides across the islands by multi-national seed/chemical corporations.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive international treaty being negotiated in secret by twelve Pacific Rim countries, side-by-side with 500 corporate advisors. After five years, the trade ministers and corporate advisors are aiming to wrap-up the deal on Maui at the end of July.
The TPP has been described as a “corporate power grab", "a Trojan horse in the global race to the bottom,” “an agreement for the 1%,” a “backdoor” for laws that can’t pass democratically, and a “Christmas wish list for corporations.”
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Kaua`i Residents Attend Syngenta Shareholders Meeting in Basel, Switzerland and Petition for “the same respect and protections that are afforded to the residents of Switzerland”
A group of Kauaʻi residents gained access yesterday in Basel, Switzerland to the annual shareholders meeting of Syngenta, a Swiss producer of pesticides and genetically-engineered seeds that is conducting pesticide-intensive research operations on Kaua‘i.
During his speech at the meeting, HAPA President and Kauaʻi County Council Member Gary Hooser presented a petition signed by over 7,500 Hawaiʻi residents and their supporters asking Syngenta to:
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The Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) is supporting a delegation of Kauaʻi residents to travel to Basel, Switzerland at the invitation of Swiss non-profit “MultiWatch.” The Kauaʻi delegation has been invited to speak to a European alliance of environmental organizations, trade unions and political parties tracking the activities and impacts of Swiss transnational corporations around the world. Switzerland is the home of Syngenta, one of five multinational chemical corporations conducting research operations on the Hawaiian islands.
The delegation includes County Council Member and HAPA Board President Gary Hooser, HAPA Board Member and Hawaiian cultural educator Mālia Kahaleʻinia Chun, and environmental scientist and co-director of Ohana O Kauaʻi Fern Rosenstiel.
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By Walter Ritte, Jr., Chair of H.A.P.A.'s Community Based Resource Stewardship Committee
As Chair of H.A.P.A.'s Community Based Resource Stewardship (CBRS) Committee, I am proud to say that H.A.P.A. has stepped up to support the grassroots activists who are protecting Mauna a Wākea from being desecrated for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
H.A.P.A.'s CBRS Committee works with our partner organizations to support actions such as the protection of Maunakea, Pohakuloa and Makua Valleys, leadership capacity building at Waimanalo, as well as Aha Moku organizing, fishpond restoration and Kalo planting.
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