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 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.
State Funded Panel Issues Final Report on Impacts of Agrochemical Industry on Kauai's Health and Environment
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 . . .
Global Advocates from India to Africa Pledge Solidarity with Hawai‘i as the Pesticides/GMO "Ground Zero" of the World
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Message from Gary Hooser, President of HAPA's Board of Directors:
This month represents H.A.P.A.'s 1-year anniversary! It’s hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since we filed our non-profit incorporation papers last year, but then I look back on all that H.A.P.A. has accomplished in that time, including:
- Sponsored two 30-second ads on voter registration and pesticide awareness, and aired both on statewide television.
- Hosted educational events on all islands (lookout for more events in June)!
Supported public actions to raise awareness and garner media attention to the pesticides/GMO issue.
H.A.P.A. is thrilled to welcome two board members to represent Hawaiʻi Island: Leslie Malulani Shizue Miki from Hilo and Kekaulike Prosper Tomich from Kona.
Leslie Malulani Shizue Miki is the owner of Abundant Life Natural Foods in Hilo. She was born and raised on Oʻahu, but has lived on Hawaiʻi Island for the last 30 years. Malu is a passionate advocate for healthy agriculture and protecting our natural environment.
Kekaulike Prosper Tomich is from the ahupuaʻa of Kaupulehu, Kona, Hawaiʻi. He is a 2012 graduate of UH Hilo with a B.A. in Geography. Kekaulike works in his home ahupuaʻa at the Kaupulehu Dryforest Preserve. He also helps on the family homestead Kukuiohiwai. Kekaulike is a member of the Kaupulehu Marine Life Advisory Committee which is dedicated to conserving the near shore resources of Kaupulehu. Ina malama ka honua malama ka honua ia oe. (If one cares for the earth the earth will care for you)
H.A.P.A. now has Board Members from every County in Hawaiʻi, and we look forward to growing our island chapters!
H.A.P.A.'s mission is to catalyze community empowerment and systemic change towards valuing ʻaina (environment) and people ahead of corporate profit.
The focus of HAPA's work over the next one to three years is on the following campaigns:
*Healthy Agriculture and Clean Food
*Community Based Resource Stewardship
On March 14 & 15, 2015, Board Members from almost every Hawaiian island (Kauaʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, and Hawaiʻi islands) journeyed to Honolulu for HAPA's Strategic Planning Retreat.
We delved into important questions like "What is (or can be) HAPA's unique contribution to the progressive movement in Hawaiʻi?"
After two days of hard work, debate, and word-smithing, HAPA is excited to introduce our new Strategic Plan:
Smokescreens of Division: Myths Perpetuated by the Chemical Industry to Confuse the Pesticide Buffer Zones Issue (Part One)
State House Bill (HB1514) and its companion in the state Senate (SB793) would: 1) create pesticide buffer zones around schools and other high-risk areas and 2) require notice and disclosure by the largest users of "restricted use" pesticides. The testimony submitted on each Bill has been overwhemingly in favor:
Out of 200+ testimonies on HB1514 at the first Committee hearing, only 11 were opposed.
At the Senate Committee hearing on the companion bill SB973, only 22 testifiers out of the 404 pages of written testimony opposed the bill.
Not surprisingly, those opposed included the large agrochemical research operations on the islands (Dow, Syngenta, BASF, DuPont Pioneer), their trade groups, such as the Hawaii Crop Improvment Association (HCIA), and other organizations they dominate such as the Farm Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce.
One (sort of) surprising opponent of the bills was the State Dept. of Agriculture chair, Scott Enright -- surprising given his boss, Governor Ige, supports buffer zones.
In the opposition testimony, a few familiar themes emerged . . .