Earth Foundation

Stewards of the Land, Sea and Native Cultures

The Benefits to the State of Hawaii and Maui from increasing local food and renewable energy production would include:

  • This is substantial ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – a significant opportunity for the economic benefit of Hawaii and Maui.
  • In a time of war it is important to have reliable supply lines in place. The most reliable food, fuel, energy, and other supplies are those that can be grown and developed on our own island.
  • The ARGUMENT that it is always cheaper to ship in food to Hawaii rather than grow it here seems to ignore the basic problem that it is hard to depend on a ship or an airplane across the ocean to deliver food, fuel, and energy to our island in these times of global conflict. The most dependable supply line is having more of Hawaii and Maui County’s food and energy grown and developed on our Islands.
  • Using MAUI as an example: There are substantial financial benefits for Maui County from its AGRICULTURE & RENEWABLE ENERGY industries. With the Hawaiian Islands alone in the middle of the Pacific, in this time of global instability and climate change, Maui must be able to protect itself by being able to grow more of its own produce, fruit, and meat. This will also protect Maui’s green space and tourist-attracting world class views. Maui’s Mayor Alan Arakawa, who is a farmer, appreciates and understands the important vision of how Maui could be much more self-sustaining in agriculture and energy. This could be a lifesaver for Maui – isolated in the middle of the Pacific – during these unusual times.
  • Andrew Hashimoto is a “Maui boy” and he is the Dean of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Dean Hashimoto wrote the following in an editorial published in The Maui News (12-9-01): Dr. Hashimoto said: “We anticipate shipping costs to rise as increased inspection and other security measures are instituted. Knowing that our supply lines can be disrupted and that bioterrorism may be an increasing threat, we must act now to ensure that we have an adequate, dependable, safe food supply for all our citizens. Continuing to use MAUI as an example of all the Hawaiian Islands:
  • As a farmer, Maui County’s Mayor Alan Arakawa has the courage to clearly understand that substantial numbers of people – thousands – can be employed if Maui County begins to grow a significant amount of our own food and starts to develop more of its reserves of energy.
  • Well thought out, sensible, tasteful, and sparing Development of some kind is inevitable on Maui. But it does NOT have to be new HOTELS, RESORTS, and luxury houses. As Maui government leaders Charmaine Tavares and Jan Yagi Buen have pointed out so well, Maui can develop the GREEN spaces and agriculture that lure tourism. And, by doing that THOUSANDS of construction workers can be employed to build and develop Maui resources that REALLY need development: hospitals, youth centers, senior centers, schools, parks, etc., and the projects listed BELOW.
  • Potentially THOUSANDS of new JOBS focusing on construction can be created for Maui’s safety & security for Maui’s workers by increasing the agriculture food production & renewable energy industries on Maui. In the event Maui started growing significantly more of its own food for local consumption & creating more of its own energy, then if there ever was a SECOND 9/11 type incident in the U.S. there would not be the significant unemployment that happened on Maui after the first 9/11. This would be BECAUSE thousands of people on Maui would be building and maintaining: the substantial infrastructure needed for Maui’s expanded renewable energy and agriculture industries including NEW industrial roads, piping, electricity lines, water irrigation canals, building structures, truck transportation of building supplies and grown food, and maintenance for everything.
  • PRESERVING THE GREEN SPACES can employ THOUSANDS of construction workers and give developers better alternative projects to work on that really help Maui. To preserve the GREEN also means agricultural workers having JOBS for new crops to replace sugar cane and pineapple when they no longer become economically viable in the foreseeable future.
  • Dr. Andrew Hashimoto, the Dean of the UH’s College of Tropical Agriculture, says: “There is a myth that Hawaii’s agriculture is dying because of the decline of the sugar and pineapple plantations. Diversified agriculturehas more than doubled in the past 20 years. “Hawaii is the only state in which the number of farms is increasing and the average age of farmers is decreasing. Since Sept. 11, there is widespread agreement that Hawaii’s economy must be diversified with a committed effort to build on and strengthen Hawaii’s agriculture industry.”
  • The vision of Maui – all the GREEN you can see everywhere, and the BLUE of the ocean.