Category Archives: Sustainability

Waimea homestead receives $3.5M for community agriculture complex, park & cemetery

WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) –

It’s one of the largest capitol improvement projects that’s ever been granted to a homestead, and Governor Neil Abercrombie was there in person Tuesday night to award the $3.5 million to Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association.

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Signing GMO bill – Hawaii County

Kenoi: Signing GMO bill was to end ‘shouting’


Mayor Billy Kenoi speaks at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. LAURA SHIMABUKU/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY

Mayor Billy Kenoi provided some insight Thursday into why he signed a controversial measure banning new genetically modified organisms from growing in Hawaii County.

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Korean-based operation takes stink, mess out of hog farming


A pig pokes its nose against a fence at Kang Farms in Mountain View. HOLLYN JOHNSON/STEPHENS MEDIA HAWAII

A Korean-based method of managing animal waste is improving hog farming conditions and garnering support on Hawaii Island.

“There seems to be a growing interest in natural farming,” Donn Mende, Hawaii County research and development deputy director, said.

Sim Mook Kang, owner of Kang Farms in Mountain View, adopted the practice for his piggery outside of Kurtistown in 2009. It was the first of its kind in the United States to use innovative waste management technology that, according to Kang, leaves most visitors surprised.

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Adaptations Inc. Community Supported Agriculture

…supplies locally grown produce to restaurants, businesses and families.

Farmers from around West Hawaii descended on a small warehouse Thursday morning in Kealakekua dropping off Big Island-grown produce including poha berries, rambutan, turnips, loquat, edible fuschia, rose and nasturtium flowers, turmeric and bananas.

All the fresh produce is harvested by 30 to 40 farmers — small one-product operations to 18-acre full-fledged farming operations — and twice each week dropped off at Adaptations Inc.’s warehouse or picked up by the company for distribution, said Maureen Datta, owner of Adaptations Inc.

Adaptations works with more than 150 Hawaii Island farmers, including its own Adaptations certified organic 7.5-acre farm in Honaunau, to ensure a continuous supply of locally grown items for residents and businesses.

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The art of opelu fishing


Nainoa Carvalho, 16, grates a pumpkin on a grader made by students of the Milolii Opelu Project. The grated pumpkin is mixed with avocado and kalo (taro) to make palu (bait) used in opelu fishing. (Brad Ballesteros/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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