Earth Foundation

Stewards of the Land, Sea and Native Cultures

Summary

  • University of Hawaii. Starting in January 2002 and continuing today, EF began securing consulting from and teaming up with the University of Hawaii (“UH”).

  • In April 2003 after meeting with the President of the University of Hawaii, EF began securing consulting and counsel from the University of Hawaii’s Oceanography Department. Because Hawaii is dependent on the ocean, EF felt there was much that could be achieved to help the state by EF seeking counsel and guidance from UH Oceanography.  EF is in discussions with UH about teaming up on three projects.

  • In this fragile time in the wake of 9/11 and seeing the urgent need, on September 15, 2001 Earth Foundation began an ongoing “Sustainability in Agriculture, Energy and Water” education project to help the State of Hawaii and Maui become more aware of the dangers of not producing enough of their own food and alternative energy, and the need to protect their aquifers. Earth Foundation secured consulting and counsel from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and its agriculture and energy experts to help EF develop its ongoing Sustainability education project.

  • Earth Foundation has significant expertise in researching, preparing and writing extensive Financial Models dealing with projects of substantial financial value. Financial Models give skilled and sophisticated 5 year projections of anticipated revenues, expenses, and gross and net revenues and profit or loss for a particular project or business – on a detailed basis with highly detailed, financial assumptions stated for all categories of revenues and expenses.

EF had hoped that for better future planning and use of the State of Hawaii’s and Maui’s Agriculture industries that EF would be able to produce a Financial Model for Agriculture. In early 2002 EF’s President met with Andrew Hashimoto, the Dean of the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. EF was surprised to find out from the Dean that Hawaii is one of a very few states in the U.S. that does not have a Financial Model for its Agriculture statewide. Nor does Hawaii have a Financial Model for Agriculture for each separate Hawaiian Island.

Without a Financial Model it is not possible to make projections and analysis of Agriculture and food crops for the State of Hawaii and each of the islands.  However, UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is in the process over the next several years of securing the crop data that would be needed from each island.  Perhaps by the year 2010 UH Tropical Agriculture will have compiled the needed Agriculture data about the state.  Then there would be the possibility of a company or team of people starting a first agriculture Financial Model for the state and each of the islands.

  • Exciting, new relationships with top professors at the University of Hawaii are being nurtured. There is significant interest at UH and the potential of strong support for three EF projects that could be done jointly with UH.  On behalf of Earth Foundation, EF’s President flies to the island of Oahu to meet with and talk to specialists and professionals at the University.