Fw: Save Haloa Vote - Thurs. April 3th - Call TODAY (and everyday) to pass SB958 without changes!

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Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 7:13 PM
Subject: Save Haloa Vote - Thurs. April 3th - Call TODAY (and everyday) to pass SB958 without changes!

THIS THURSDAY SB958 will finally be voted on- at 11:00 a.m. in State Capitol conference room 325

Aloha to all who have aloha for Kalo and have kuleana for Haloa!

I could not turn back the time for political change, but there is still time to save our heritage. You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you may fail. The way to lose any earthly kingdom is to be inflexible, intolerant and prejudicial. Another way is to be too flexible, tolerant of too many wrongs and without judgment at all-  Queen Liliuokalani, 1917.

Mahalo for taking part in the crucial movement to protect Hawaii's taro by supporting SB958- a 10 year moratorium (aka-pause/ban) on genetic modification of taro.  The hearing for SB958 was historic. Over 300 people visited the auditorium during the 8 hours of testimony.  More than 100 people testified.  Over 7,000 people submitted testimony in support of protecting Haloa, with organizations and businesses representing well over 30,000 individuals in Hawaii.  The County Councils of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai have all supported resolutions in favor of SB958. The public AGREES that kalo must be protected from the irreversible risks of genetic modification for at least 10 years.

Read the testimony!

We must remain vigilant and vocal to ensure protections for ALL varieties of kalo in Hawaii!  

THIS THURSDAY SB958 will finally be voted on- at 11:00 a.m. in State Capitol conference room 325

HALOA NEEDS YOUR VOICE.

Please take a few minutes everyday TODAY and the NEXT 3 DAYS to call these representatives and strongly urge them to pass SB958 without any amendments.

It does not matter if you don't live in their district, they are making a decision that will effect all of Hawaii!
Leave a message if you call after work hours.

THE ENTIRE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION THIS YEAR and many of their opponents are in vocal support of SB958!

Talking points to support SB958:
-We grow and eat ALL varieties of kalo, so please protect ALL varieties of kalo in Hawaii!
All varieties of kalo are culturally special and an important hypoallergenic food for Hawaii. Protecting only the Hawaiian varieties of taro is not agriculturally safe nor environmentally responsible, and creates an irreversible risk to the taro grower and consumer. GMO kalo can permanently contaminate the real kalo.
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GMO kalo creates an entirely new organism by injecting other plant genes into kalo- this new organism can be patented and owned, is not guaranteed to be hypoallergenic and can permanently contaminate the real kalo. GMO kalo is not pono for how special and sacred pure hypoallergenic kalo is to Hawaii. Be aware that the Genetic Modification of a dangerous new organism that looks like kalo is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUE than the Hawaiian's traditional advanced practice of carefully cross-breeding Hybrid kalo varieties!
-My family votes and we are observing the decisions you make!

Please call ALL of these 7 representatives EVERYDAY through April 3rd, remind them NO AMENDMENTS!

Clift Tsuji  HAWAII  - SOUTH HILO TO KURTISTOWN
586-8480; fax 586-8484; From the Big Island, toll free 974-4000 + 68480  reptsuji@Capitol.hawaii.gov
 
Jerry L. Chang HAWAII  - KEAUKAHA TO SOUTH HILO
586-6120; fax 586-6121; From Big Island, toll free 974-4000 + 66120 repchang@Capitol.hawaii.gov
 
Glenn Wakai  OAHU  - MOANALUA TO SALT LAKE 
586-6220; fax 586-6221 repwakai@Capitol.hawaii.gov
 
Ryan I. Yamane  OAHU  - WAIPAHU/MILILANI 
586-6150; fax 586-6151 repyamane@Capitol.hawaii.gov
 
Kyle T. Yamashita  MAUI - PUKALANI TO ULUPALAKUA (UPCOUNTRY)
586-6330; fax 586-6331;  From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66330  repyamashita@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Colleen Rose Meyer  OAHU - KANEOHE TO LAIE 
586-8540; fax 586-8544
repmeyer@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Joey Manahan  OAHU  - SAND ISLAND, MOKUEA, KALIHI KAI, KAPALAMA
586-6010; fax 586-6011 repmanahan@Capitol.hawaii.gov

These 5 Reps have expressed support of SB958- it is important to call them ONCE to mahalo their wisdom and encourage their continued support of SB958- with NO amendments!

Tom Brower  OAHU - WAIKIKI/ALA MOANA 586-8520; fax 586-8524 repbrower@Capitol.hawaii.gov
 
Lyla B. Berg OAHU - KAHALA TO HAHAIONE 
586-6510; fax 586-6511repberg@Capitol.hawaii.gov
 
Faye P. Hanohano HAWAII  - PUNA/PAHOA
586-6530; fax 586-6531; From the Big Island, toll free 974-4000 + 66530 rephanohano@Capitol.hawaii.gov
                                                                    
Robert N. Herkes  HAWAII - PUNA TO KONA
586-8400; fax 586-8404; From the Big Island, toll free 974-4000 + 68400  repherkes@Capitol.hawaii.gov
                                                                   

Corinne W.L. Ching  OAHU - NUUANU/ALEWA HEIGHTS 
586-9415; fax 586-9421 repching@Capitol.hawaii.gov

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You can help Haloa by simply making these important phone calls today!

Individuals, ohana and organizations of all backgrounds & interests are pledging to MALAMA HALOA!
JOIN US IN THE COMMITMENT TO PROTECT TARO AND TRADITIONAL TARO FARMING IN HAWAII- TO PROTECT OUR LIVES AND OUR CULTURE....
let the pahu sound! MALAMA HALOA!

Make sure you are on the NaKahuOHaloa@gmail.com mailing list and stay posted for the next opportunity to be a voice for Haloa!
Spread the word to all your friends, family and groups!
Contact us for more information and educational materials- NaKahuOHaloa@gmail.com
www.kahea.org

blog!

p.s.

A Note from a Taro Farmer in Waipio Valley-

Aloha mai kakou,
 
To all my uncles, aunties, braddahs, sistas, nephews and nieces, to all the kalo warriors who have put out so much time, effort, energy, and mana, in the defense of Haloanakalaukapalili, hold your heads high!  It is truly an honor and a privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.  We went into uncharted territory and we have earned much deserved respect.  Yes, it was a rude introduction into the world of politics, we got roughed up a little bit, but our message was heard loud and clear.  Whatever is the outcome of the committee's vote, we are raising awareness, we are helping people to reconnect to their roots, we are doing our part to malama Haloa.  This is a life-long journey, I for one pledge to keep going forward, because it is the right thing to do.  I go forward with confidence, because I know I am not alone. 
                              

                                    Me ke aloha,
                              
                         Jim Cain and ohana, Waipi'o Valley

P.S. Please forward this to all kalo warriors:


Aloha Joey [Manahan],
 
     I was working in my taro patch this morning in Waipi'o Valley, clearing my head, listening to the wind and the water, and I thought of the profound question you posed to me at yesterday's hearing.  Who own's the taro?  Awesome question, I must admit it startled me for a second, because in its simplicity it really speaks to the core of the whole issue of genetic engineering of kalo. "Who own the taro", you ask?  Ke Akua owns the taro!  Kalo is a gift that has been passed down to us from our ancestors, generation to generation, for thousands of years.  We are merely the current caretakers.  I get paid for my hard work and to cover the expenses of producing poi, but the kalo--Haloa-- does not belong to me.  U.S. patenting laws state that if you are able to genetically manipulate one of God's creations, you now own the creation.  My spiritual beliefs have a hard time comprehending this.  Indigenous people around the world are struggling with this same issue--the Ojibwe protecting the wild rice, the Pueblo protecting the corn, the Inca protecting the potato.  They all share the same ancestral ties and values to their life-giving crops as Hawaiians do with kalo.  We all share the same disbelief at the utter disrespect for our culture, our heritage, our ancestors.
     The huge outpouring of support for SB958 that was represented by the more 6000 written testimonies presented to the Ag Committee yesterday is just the tip of the iceberg.  I keep hearing that we need to get the input of the Hawaiian community on this issue.  Read those testimonies--they come from the heart, they come from the Hawaiian community.  This passionate support for the protection of Haloa will never go away because this is our identity, this is ohana.
     Hawaiians are standing up proud and strong, reconnecting to our culture, speaking our native tongue, proud of our past, confident of our future.  We are honoring our kupuna, teaching our children, understanding our identity.  In an effort to move forward in a positive direction, people are going back to their roots, only to find that our very roots are now threatened.  I heard people yesterday who oppose SB958 say that they respect the culture, they understand...but.  If they truly respected, if they truly understood, we would not be having a hearing.  They would leave Haloa alone. 
     This is not an issue about science, academic freedom, economic investment, or the price of poi on the grocery shelf.  As the language of SB958 states, this is an issue about respecting the cultural integrity of that which is vital to the identity of Hawai'i.  In your powerful position as an elected decision maker, you have the ability to help heal a wound that has festered in Hawai'i for the last 115 years.  In my humble opinion, in the interest of what is best for the future of Hawai'i, it is your kuleana to participate in this healing process.  Please malama Haloa, please support SB958.                        
Me ke aloha, Jim Cain, Waipi'o Valley

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