Happy New Year




On this last day of the year, there are many changes here on the big island of Hawai’i.  The advance of Pele’s lava flow into the town of Pāhoa has many people moving out of the  lower Puna district.  The Puna district lava zones were always a risk for anyone wishing to move to this location.  There is no other place along the Hawaiian Archipelago like the Puna district.  It is special and sacred.

Wao Kele o Puna (Rain forest of Puna) is the largest remaining lowland rainforest just south of Hilo that sits along the Kilauea volcano rift zone.   The Kilauea rift zone is in lava zones 1, 2 and 3.


The lower right side of the picture shows where the USGS believes the potential path lava will flow in any direction.  In the past the lava has flowed south from the Pu’u ‘Ō ‘ō vent towards Kalapana, but that changed this year with the collapse of one of the vents walls.  Now the lava is heading towards Pāhoa town.


If the lava reaches Pāhoa, and crosses the only road into lower Puna, it will cut off thousands of residences that live in Puna.  It is the only way in and out of Puna.  However, in anticipation of this eventuality, the county is creating two alternate roads to allow residents to enter and exit the Puna district.

There has been an increase in traffic in upper Puna in the Kea’au area.  Since many of the Pāhoa shop owners have closed down, along with the Pāhoa Post Office, and Mālama Market, the largest grocery store in Pāhoa, traffic has increased in the Kea’au shopping center.

Twice now, Pele has stop short of crossing the highway, and only one home has been destroyed.  To date, the lava has slowed and has only advanced a few hundred yards.  We can only hope and pray that Pele decides to wander elsewhere.   As one native Puna residence said (paraphrasing), “If that lava does come onto your land, be prepared. Be happy you had that many years to live on your land, and the opportunity to live in paradise.  Show Aloha!”

Whatever happens, everyone is prepared for the worse.  Hopefully.  Meanwhile, Happy New Year.



What’s For Dinner?



Grilled Papaya Salad



Hawaii’s Dynamic Duo


It is a historical moment in Hawai’i politics; two native Hawaiian’s running for the two highest offices in the State.  James “Duke” Aiona is running for the governorship, and Elwin Ahu is running for lieutenant governor.  Both are campaigning as Republicans in a heavily democratic state,  Aiona was Hawaii’s lieutenant governor during the Lingle administration for two successful terms, despite working with a hostile democrat House and Senate.

Ahu is a senior Pastor with the New Hope church.  Ahu is running for a return to the framework of the Hawaiian Constitution which has been repeatedly disregarded by liberal democrats in the State Legislature.  Indeed, over the years, the democrats have stopped listening to the Hawaiian people, and have been catering to minority special interests.  In 2011, the legislature adopted to change the rules of beginning the legislative session by dropping the daily invocation.  A tradition that goes deep in the Hawaiian cultural roots, and despite a public outcry, the liberal legislator decided to ignore the people.

People in Hawai’i feel their voices are no longer being heard anymore, and many have stopped voting altogether.  One of the reasons for the low voter turnout is because that Hawai’i has become a one party state.  It is discouraging for most people that don’t get a choice.  Over the years, the progressive democrat party has stopped listening the the people of Hawai’i Nei..

The democrat candidate for U.S.Senate, Brian Schatz, whom was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie, barely won the primary election against Colleen Hanabusa.  The liberal democratic party machine made sure the election was in Schatz favor by disfranchising voters on the Big Island of Hawai’i.  After tropical storm Iselle, those residents that lost power, homes, and vehicles due to storm damage, were rushed to vote at the polls.  Many didn’t get a chance to vote because of the political maneuvering by the liberal political machine.  When every vote counts, it is typical for democrats to change the rules to fit their plans to keep control of Hawai’i.

I think this time the democrats have gotten enough people angry enough to change the tide of corruption that for years were owned by liberal democrats.  Abercrombie’s stunning defeat as chronicled by Hawai’i Free Press: 

Abercrombie and Progressive Democrats have a vested interest in the results of balloting in Puna – With stunning defeats to Progressive leaders like Abercrombie and Clayton Hee, Brian Schatz stands as the only “Progressive Hero”[1] standing. Furthermore, Brian Schatz[2] is the legacy of Neil Abercrombie who appointed the Progressive against the wishes of the late Senator Inouye and even his own party.  With the political capital that was sacrificed, this is the closest to a ‘bright spot’ that the unpopular governor has left.

Indeed, Abercrombie lost 48 out of 51 districts across the entire state.  So what’s is the message?  Have the people of Hawai’i finally had enough of progressive liberal democrats?

David Ige won the gubernatorial primary from Abercrombie.  So who is David Ige?  Ige, 57, has served in Hawaii’s Legislature for 29 years – 21 in the State Senate and eight in the State House.  Ige is a career politician with little name recognition and achievements.  Obama’s choice was Abercrombie, and Schatz was Abercrombie’s choice; a progressive cronyism that permeates the democrat party by filling seats with party loyalists.  They all vote the progressive democrat party line, and not for the will of the people of Hawai’i.  This is also why the Lingle/Aiona administration won two terms, despite working with a hostile progressive democrat legislature.

Let’s compare the progressive democrat message to the Conservative Republican message.  Let’s start with Brian Schatz campaign message of fear.  Schatz campaign ads were about “Protecting Social Security” for senior citizens.  Yet, no one was talking about social security but Schatz.  A campaign to scare senior citizens using strawman arguments has always been a progressive democrat tactic for votes.  A campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt has always been the liberal progressive democrat tactic.  Setting up an environment of social division and class warfare has been Obama’s strategy to try and place blame for his lousy policies on someone else, namely Republicans.  Schatz is using the same strategy.

The Ige campaign sounds very much like the same old, same old, progressive promises and policies.  Lofty and without substance.  There’s the same special interest focus on class inequality and the erosion of family values.  There’s the increasing division between our agriculturalism community and the cost of living in Hawai’i.  Ige proposes no real solutions, but plenty of platitudes to carry on the same failed progressives policies.  Ige campaigns on environmental sustainability and income equality, but doesn’t offer any programs on “opportunity equality.”   How can a Hawaii’s economic tourism be sustained by island views choked with windmills?  How will Ige reduce the high cost of food by increasing the regulations on food production by local farmers.  Ige provides no solutions.



Contrast that, with the Lokahi (Unity) message of Aiona, Ahu, Djou and Cavasso are bringing.

First, after tropical storm Iselle, the devastation to the Puna district on the Big Island of Hawai’i was huge.  Duke Aiona was one of the first to arrive on Hawai’i Island to help with the recovery.  Every news story was scrubbed.  I saw it in passing, and booked marked it to capture it for this blog post.  But you cannot find any media mention of Aiona’s visit.  I tweeted a message to Aiona asking about possible media bias because of the election issues in lower Puna.



Indeed, there was a plethora of stories about Schatz and Hanabusa giving their time to the media  in Puna.  Surely a campaign photo op to self-promote their campaigns.   Here was my response:


I can appreciate  Lt. Governor Aiona’s position.  It says a lot about the character of this man.  It is something that I admired during his time in the Lingle administration.   There was transparency, honesty, fairness, trust and balance of the issues during the Lingle administration.  Yet, the hostility against the Lingle administration by progressive democrats did, and continues, to be a disservice the people of Hawai’i Nei.

Hawai’i has some real unique opportunities, and some real unique problems.  I’ve outlined some of the issues briefly above, but lets examine some of the some important issues that Aiona has addressed.

The homeless problem is getting worse.  Whether by drugs, alcohol, mental issues, cost of housing, or lack of opportunities, the homeless problem is getting worse.  There are other progressive states that are dumping their homeless in Hawai’i Nei.  How else are they getting here?  States with the same problems see Hawai’i as a generous place with abundant healthcare and plenty of warm beaches to sleep on.  Progressive democrats welcomed these people, with no idea how to care for them.

Another truth is, Hawai’i is losing our doctors and healthcare providers.  It’s getting more expensive medically and socially to help those that cannot pay, and for those that can pay.  The Obamacare exchanges have failed.  Abercrombie, and the progressives, that supported Obamacare are now conceding this “single payer” plan is a economic drain to the state.  It’s a failed policy that progressive liberal democrats never bothered to read the bill to find out what’s inside it, [sic] Nancy Pelosi.  What Hawai’i needs to attract Doctors and State of the Art Medical Treatment is an open free-market healthcare system.  Onerous taxes on medical equipment needs to be repealed, just like Obamacare.  Hawai’i has an aging retirement population and a growing younger population.  They deserve the best of care, which we have now, without having to fly to the mainland for medical care.  However, unless there is State leadership to resist a centralized government healthcare system, run by Washington D.C., then the progressive democrat message is, “don’t get sick!”

Hawai’i needs a government that uses conservation policies.  This addresses both environmental and economical needs.  Energy needs cannot be met by littering the landscape with windmills.  It is neither economic, nor is it pleasant to view.  Energy policies need a balance that includes harmony with the ‘Aina, and the economy.

Finally, the worse thing a society can do is to tax food.  This benefits no one, and it especially hurts the poor.  Regulations on local food producers, distributors, and providers only hurts the economy.  It only increases the cost and safety of food production.  That needs to be changed.  Aiona has campaigned on this policy change.  We should all look at sustainability beyond what environmentalist claim as a goal.  We should look at conservation as a method for economic and environmental sustainability.

Environmentalism uses emotion and irrational reaction to solve complex politics.  This leads to excessive government regulations and policies that hurt the poor and the economy.  Hawai’i need better than progressive liberal policies.  They just don’t work!


What’s For Dinner


Local Food












Where’s the Giving Spirit of Gary Hooser and Club?

Where’s the Giving Spirit of Gary Hooser and Club?.

From the Hawaiian Farmers Daughter blog.

For Christmas, for Lokahi all year.  For the Farmers and their families.



What does sustainability mean?  The dictionary defines this word as:

sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee]


  1. The ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.
  2. Environmental Science, the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting longterm ecological balance: The committee is developing sustainability standards for products that use energy.

A contradiction in definitions when applied in real life.  From the environment activists’ point of view, the definition is in the eye of the beholder.  In most cases, the eye of the misinformed and corrupt.

How to balance the “living” environment, while creating a living environment for humans, is a sustainable living goal.  From the prospect of human record, there always has been a living symbiosis between humans and their environment.

Caveat Emptor

Caveat Emptor

It is a fact that humans have damaged their living environment, but so has Mother Nature.

Love Canal is probably one of the worst human made stories in US history, here’s a link to a Time Movizine  story.  However, Mother Nature every year burns, floods and blows destruction across the land also.  But you can’t control Mother Nature, regardless if people want to blame humans for changing the climate.  As I said, it is a symbiosis relationship with a difference.  Humans are supposed to reason.

It’s one of those words using in phrases that are overused and have lost its meaning.  It’s a largely a misused word, as a statement to mean something that it really isn’t!  When used, it evokes some emotional comfort that it’s a continuation … of something.  Just what is it?  Too often the word is conflated into some feel good statement that has no tangential meaning!

Planetary Husbandry!  It’s not just because we have been formed in the image of our creator, but we’ve been given the gifts of: free thought, independence and liberty.  We’ve reached out to the stars and touched them, but we cannot accept technology without progressivism.  That is destructive!

The left is actually against science.  They are not interested in what “sustainability” means.  The left has successfully made science a crime.  It’s like the Darwin controversy all over again.  A colossal lie, for the greater cause, the truth is now illegal.  Science is now judged by the religious zealots of environmentalism.  Galileo once felt the sting of such religious bigotry, and we are seeing this today on Hawai’i Island with the passing of Bill 113.

All products; living and artificial, use fuel and food, as a means to survive.  It makes you wonder if the possibility of humans living on another planets, other than Earth, and being able to do interplanetary travel, if possible.

But what If humans are bonded to the planet like other creatures that live here?  Then, can they survive long term away from the planet?  How would they survive without the basics of life?

  • Air; we need to breath, without it, life would end rather quickly.
  • Water; we need water to refresh the host! I define the host as being both the Human and the Planet.  For without one, there cannot be the other.  We were put here for a reason, and what we know of the Planets history and the History of Mankind’s existence, is the ceiling of our knowledge at this time in history.  Water is what bonds us to the Planet.
  • Food; we need food to nourish the body and the soul.  The Planet is a gift with the promise to return the gift of life.  As our Planet relies on us to maintain its life, the Planet returns life to us in the form of food.  We nourish the soil to grow plants to nourish ourselves.  It’s our symbioses relationship with the Planet that allows millions of humans to have at least one meal a day to nourish the soul, and provide us with life.

So why wouldn’t anyone not want to take care of that relationship and improve upon it?

With Humans, comes the ability to reason.  However; like the weather, reason can have good days and bad days.  Today is one of those bad days.  When reason and common sense are cast aside for a Progressive ideology.  The political philosophy of big government knows best; and therefore shall dictate what, how, where and who, shall either reap the benefits, or receive their disdain in the form of punitive laws.

After Mayor Kenoi signed Bill 113 into law, it abruptly changed the farming landscape of the Big Island.  The Bill’s author, Margaret Willie, tries to explain it as a victory against “seemingly all-powerful multinational corporations”.

As Farmer/Business owner Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs Farms explains;


I ask; “Once you ruin the system, how do you put it back together?”  I’ve likened this obviously terrible law to Obamacare.  A terrible law that Americans are starting to feel the reality of its consequences.  Because it brings reality to what happens when electing politicians with an agenda to hurt people for their definition of the “common good!”  Those flowery words used to describe sustainability, like social justice and organic, these things, are not like the other.

“What about the rubbah slippah folks?” Richard Ha asked?  Indeed, what about low income folks? Especially, the ones employed by farmers?  What about the farmers that lease lands to farm?  Will they continue their leases or decide to leave?

Big Island Video News reports:  Richard Ha, of Hamakua Spring Farms responds.  Go to time mark 3:05.

Margaret Willie’s Bill 113 does address those concerns, and  she doesn’t care in the least for these people that will be affected by her horrific law.  Neither do her supporters of Bill 113, they are of little consequence to the “common good”.  Thus breaking the symbiosis bond between Human and the Planet.  Bill 113 doesn’t hurt any of Margaret Willie’s evil corporations that she worries about, but the Bill will have an impact on Big Island Farmers.  It will tear families, generations of island families, from their livelihood.  But it’s all for the “common good”, you must remember that.  Read her reasons for the law:

Thank you Mayor Billy Kenoi for signing Bill 113. Together we can, and today together we did, take an important step towards preserving and protecting our precious island — malama aina.

And as we share a common destiny, thanks to all who participated in this important island-wide conversation — regardless of the position taken.

These past six months, by way of the Bill 113 council legislation, we together took a big step towards sculpting our island’s future.

We are clearly moving in the direction of environmentally sensitive community-based farming with respect for the health of our soil and with respect for our watersheds and coastal waters, in a way that is pono and respectful of each other.

Our federal and state government officials have been lax. In 1992 our federal government established the absurd agricultural policy that GMO foods and crops are “substantially equivalent” to the corresponding non-GMO crops.

The result was no requirement of any pre-market health studies for GMO crops and foods.

Likewise there has been no requirement to assess the adverse impacts of the cultivation of GMOs on the health of neighboring property owners and on the health of our people especially those most vulnerable — the keiki now and those of future generations.

And to date our state legislators have followed the lead of their federal counterparts, and have not regulated these ag-chemical GMO corporations.

And instead our state government has catered to these seemingly all-powerful multinational corporations.

For this reason the last defense here and around the country, has been that of municipalities and counties taking a stand, based on the precautionary principle, to protect their people and their lands from becoming just one more GMO industry dominated location.

For these reasons our state legislators should take heed of the Kauai and Hawaii county legislation addressing the cultivation of GMO crops and related toxic pesticides.

Rather than seeking to undermine these neighbor island efforts, our state should set an example by embracing the wisdom and farsightedness of these efforts.

About the author: Margaret Wille is a Hawaii County Councilwoman for Council District 9, which consists of North and South Kohala.

Notice the veiled threat towards the State at the end…. that is the Progressive way, govern through threats and intimidation.

Bill 113 is an intended consequence.  Yes, Intended!  Much like Obamacare is an intended law to hurt people.  Like Obamacare, the rich; those individuals and corporations, the law is supposed to target, will not be affected by the law.  The rich can afford it.  However, the consequences of the law has a “trickle down” effect.  The middle class and low income people get hurt the hardest with higher prices and loss of income.  Trickle Down economics works both ways.  It can either benefit the people, or harm people.  That’s why you do and economic impact studies to understand the economic consequences of such laws like Bill 113.

The callousness of these politicians will eventually catchup with their base that voted for them into power in the first place, but not before the damage is done.  What to do till then?

Do not make the mistake in believing that these type of laws are anything less than democracy by mob rules.  The first part of any propaganda campaign is to tell a lie: ‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.’ Quoting Winston Churchill

Weaving this law, Bill 113, as stated by the laws author; is not to promote organic farming, not to promote economic growth, and not to prevent GMO products from entering the island.  The bill does none of that, instead the bill makes farmers into criminals.  The Bill picks winners and punishes others with fines and jail time.  The bill specifically targets against Farmers using technology to produce a safe food product, and the bill favors farmers using organic techniques.  Those technologies have a price delta at the grocery store.  Organics are much more expensive, 2 to 3 times, more expensive than non-organic produce.  Guess who that impacts the most?

Effectively, a politician has used the laws to manipulate the free markets markets  to favor a more expensive minority of the farming community.  The Organics!  And they criminalized other farmers using tried and true, safe and effective, inexpensive and high yielding technology.  It was all done on a lie.  A lie that says, tried and true farming is dangerous because it uses GMO and pesticide technology.  Questionable reasoning?  Or a deliberate effort to destroy a local industry?  Sustainable?

It was never about GMO’s, which is a distraction away from the real subject of this law, corporate hatred.  It’s in author’s own remarks which she accuses the Federal government of conspiring with mega-food corporations to poison people.  I still don’t understand this logic by these people.  I’ve lived around the world and seen how other countries food production and quality control works.  Nothing compares to how rigorously the regulations on food production, exportation and importation works on these islands.  It is fanatical!


That doesn’t matter anymore, because of faux environ-champions of the world, will see to it that your rights to a free planet are restricted, and regulated, to the point of economic oblivion.  How does this this meet the standard definition of sustainability?  How does this help sustain a fragile economy?

I had always thought the idea of sustainability was to maintain the environment and grow the economy!  The land takes care of the people, and the people take care of the land.  That has never changed until now.  Bill 113 does change the economics of the Big Island’s Farming economy.  It seems neither the Mayor, the Council, nor the Bill’s supporters, cared to examine the economic impact of Bill 113.

The Progressive philosophy of the common good, selectively discriminates against anything that does not conform to its vision of a global utopia.  I call it the “Walt Disney” view of the world where people’s understanding of where vegetables come from is a grocery store!

Those that are like the celebrity 1%’er’s, the Hollywood types, that lend their socialist rich loud mouth voice into places where they don’t belong.  They are not from here and they are not farmers.  Oh sure, they might have a plot of land with some vegetables growing, but are they running a business to sell their vegetables?  No, they are not farmers, and they never will be.

It’s like when government entities make decisions about your healthcare, putting themselves between you and your doctor.  So why would anyone want to allow the government to get between you and your grocer or farmer?  The government assumes that you, the consumer, are at risk by the farmers products.

That’s why we have a FDA, a USDA, an EPA and a host of other Federal government protections regarding the food production and safety.  Now add more layers of regulations by the State and County and you have a tightly coupled set of protections for food safety.  This, despite the huge cost of maintaining these regulations, food safety has been sustainable up until now.  Just busted up a bit by government over-regulations.

The Bill’s author states in her reason that the government has an “absurd agricultural policy that GMO foods and crops are “substantially equivalent” to the corresponding non-GMO crops.”

Then she goes on to make more absurd claims about the health consequences by lack of any regulations.  Which simply is not true! It’s a lie! And like Obama lied about Obamacare, this is also a law of consequences which will impact every island resident.  I suspect the author, and like her followers of this misguided law, do still consider Obamacare the promise of free healthcare, as it was always touted to be.  But we now know that was also a lie.  It goes back to the sustainability model, it neither benefits the planet, nor its human inhabitants.

As I posted before, the Progressive does not consider humans as a part of the Sustainability equation.  Therefore, the value placed on the human’s life and wellbeing is not in consideration.  The whole question of a sustainable lifestyle does, and should, include a comfortable standard of living.  However, that quality of life will be in jeopardy because of Bill 113.  It’s punishing the people of these islands because some people don’t like corporations, so everyone must suffer because of it.

Equality and Social Justice is the Progressive platform.  So if it must be, then its equal suffering for all, it shall be!  It’s social engineering madness which uses fear and loathing as the churn to rancid butter.  The poison butter used to spread onto baked breads using GMO grains and flour imported into the islands.  The same GMO grown vegetables which will imported into the islands and lining the shelves of the big box stores.  Volume will bring lower prices than the local organic grower can compete with.  That’s just simple economics.  So change the laws to punish the farmer that uses the evil corporate products to make a living for themselves.  That’s the answer!  That will show those evil corporations whose boss!

Exasperating prices at the grocery stores will have negative impact upon consumers and farmers alike.  This hardly creates a sustainable economy.  When the tools that other farmers use elsewhere, are prohibited for use here on this island, then that is an economic disadvantage to the local farmer.  The reasons given against the use GMO products have never been proven.  Safety in both the end product and the production has always been paramount within the farming community.  By taking choices away from the farmer trying to produce a product that is proven to be safe, is counter intuitive.

It seems ever since the Progressive left has gained power, in almost all levels of government; Federal, State and county, the end result has been a struggling economy and more nanny state regulations.  That’s what accompanies the Progressive model of government.  I call it mob justice because it doesn’t employ common sense logic.  It does, however, use fear, uncertainty and doubt, to craft legislation that soothes the anger of a deliberately misinformed electorate.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” Newton Law of Motion also applies to how fairly the government works for its people.  As we wait to see what the eventual outcome of Bill 113 actions will be, we can be certain of the reaction.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to predict what the outcome will be.

Farsightedness, is not a term I would use to describe Bill 113.  Because if it was, it would have never passed.  Common sense would have prevailed, but it seems that crop is also low on cultivation these days.

Big Mahalo’s to Chair J Yoshimoto, Dennis “Fresh”Onishi, and Greggor Ilagan for voting “NO” against this travesty of justice.  We farmers appreciate your support and representation. Mahalo!

What’s For Dinner?


GMO Hot Dog on GMO Bread with GMO Baked Beans and GMO Beer

Hilo Honey Festival

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The fourth annual Hawai’i honey festival took place in Hilo at the Nani Mau Gardens resort area.  Honey makers and bee keepers demonstrated their products.  It was a resounding success! The following is a pictorial blog post of the event, here’s a link to the flyer here!


With over 100 different honey varieties to sample, it was hard to pick a sweet winner!


Every honey variety had a label. There were dark honeys and light honeys.  Subtle flavors with bold sweetness.


Vendors booths were set up selling honey and bee keeping knowledge.


The rules are simple.


Besides all the delicious honey was plenty of food and drink made with honey based recipes.


Great food and great music.  Master Slack Key guitarist Cyril Pahinui dazzled the audience and inspired impromptu Hula dancing.


Educational Presentations


So many flavors


Entertainment for everyone including the keiki’s (children)


So many different colors of honey. From very light to very dark. Each with floral smells and tastes.

The organizers of this event really have to be congratulated.  There was a great turn out of people.  It was nice to see the Nani Mau Gardens reopening again after a long absents.  The place is a little known jewel in the Pana’ewa Hawaiian homelands section of Hilo.

We would have never been aware of the event if it weren’t for Cyril Pahinui’s Facebook post advertising the event.  Let’s hope for more events like this at the Nani Mau Gardens.

What’s for Dinner?

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GMOS – Great Moments of Stupidity




If this sounds like some nightmarish Hollywood movie, it’s not!  This scene has played out many times before on farms on the Mainland USA!  It is exactly what will happen now that Hawai’i Council has gotten its way to criminalized farming on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

BIG ISLAND CHRONICLE –  GMO prohibition Bill 113 passed out of the Public Safety and Mass Transit Committee on Oct. 1, with a vote of 6 – 2 and a positive recommendation to the Hawaii County Council.

Centuries of agriculture triumphs are now boiled down into a false claim that farmers are poisoning the food supply we rely on to feed ourselves.  GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) have increasingly come under attack by activists convinced that there’s something wrong with the technology.  The fear factor has grown to the point where all logic and reason is abandoned.  Evidence that proves the safety of GMO foods is summarily dismissed.  Accusations of being a corporate insider stooge working for some Argo corporation gets throw around like the race card does during Presidential elections.  A few years ago the oil industry was accused of destroying the planet with oil; now it’s agriculture turn.

Hawai’i council has held a number of hearings on GMO products bringing in subject matter experts,  However, it was apparent that some members of Hawai’i council had already made up their minds, irregardless of the experts testimony.  Anti-GMO council members allowed testimony of experts with questionable credibility.   Local farmers tried to work with the council, but in the end, the farmers lost and so do we the consumers.  Farmers petitioned for help from their State Representatives, only to be ignored.  Choice, was taken away and replaced with intolerance of farmers.  Everyone loses in this fight, there are no winners.  In the end, the activists have made the cost of living on Hawai’i Nei more expensive.  The future looks uncertain and bleak.

It’s gotten to the point where misinformation is so prevalent in public discourse, that civility has lost all relevancy.  Eco-terrorism and threats of violence by these activists are becoming all too commonplace.


Video: Recent Eco-Terrorism In Kapoho Hawai’i  

Hawai’i councilperson Margret Willie, is the author of the bill 113 that passed and will eventually outlaw farming on the Big Island of Hawai’i.  It’s interesting to note the thought processes of Ms. Willie.  Reading her blog reveals who she is and what she believes in.  It’s quite chilling when you learn that she considers humans are the real pests on this planet.  Excerpt:

By overpopulating the earth we are destroying the viability of our habitat, not just for our own species but for most other species as well – save perhaps for cockroaches. Why are we not passing legislation to encourage birth control and provide incentives for birth control initiatives in developing countries in all nations.? Why do we give tax credits to parents with more children rather than expecting those with larger families to pay higher taxes? It is as if no one sees the inherent link between excess population and the climate change crisis.

Get that?  People are the problem.  We must consider people as cockroaches destroying the planet.  This is a glimpse into the black heart of a intolerant activist.  She’s got her little slice of paradise, and no one else deserves the same opportunity.  This is the same thinking as former Hawai’i councilperson Pete Hoffmann, who is responsible for the plastic bag ban on Hawai’i Island a few years ago.  These activists reason they are far superior and enlightened than you are and others; therefore they can dictate what you can eat, what you can drive, where you can live, and how you can build your house.

Why feed the world with the wonders of technology?  Developing crops that are drought, disease and insect resistant will now be outlawed by the actions of the ignorant few on Hawai’i Council.  It’s like killing the Golden Goose.



Facebook Activists Groups Proudly Displaying and Encouraging GMO Eco-Terrorism


Who doesn’t want their food to be safe?  The water we drink and the air we breathe; we all want to be safe from toxins and poisons.  There’s be a lot of talk about GMO’s and how safe, or dangerous, GMO products are.  Anyone that has spent any time overseas living in different countries will know how different the quality of food is.  In some countries, you take your life into your hands.  There is no quality control to check for the safety of food, GMO or otherwise.  Some countries have no refrigeration, clean water or food quality control. See China’s scandals for example.

What’s puzzling to me is how easily people believe in anything they are told.  Remember Global Warming, or what’s now being called Climate change? It is a perfect example of how a terrible a hoax runs out of control.  It doesn’t matter whether the science is either wrong, falsified, or just made up; people are being convinced that their food is toxic!

Hawai’i County Council and Kaua’i council are both proposing laws to ban all GMO testing, growing and GMO production.  Additionally, the legislation includes banning pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, that farmers commonly use to protect their crops from damage.   Those lawmakers proposing these laws claim that farming can be done using organic methods.  Methods that are equally as toxic if not done correctly.

Of course, none of these lawmakers are farmers.  They’ve never picked up a shovel, except at a ground breaking ceremony, and gotten their hands dirty working the soil.  These people haven’t a clue how farming works.  At best they may have planted a potted plant from the Home Depot store, but that’s the extent of their farming knowledge. Yet, they think they know what’s best for the people of these islands.  C.S. Lewis called these activists ‘Moral Busybodies’.  They really believe they are doing good by taking people’s freedoms away.  It’s the tyranny of the socialist progressive mentality.

Public hearings are taking place to review the language of the laws.  Civility all but broke down with the GMO activists shouting down the farmers.  The hostility demonstrated by the anti-GMO activists grew to the point of violence.  When the activists cannot prove their claims, they resort to name calling and violence.  Eco-terrorism has the farming communities frightened that they may become the next targets of these vandals, just by suspecting GMO crops are on their farms.   Living in terror by trying to make an honest living is not the Aloha spirit.

On the Big Island of Hawai’i, in the lower Puna district where I live, Papaya farmer’s crops were destroyed by eco-terrorists.  Not once, but several times, and the criminal vandals have never been caught.  Some council members have turned a blind eye towards the eco-terrorists calling their actions, ‘unfortunate‘.  Basically, callously ignoring the economic impact to the community and to the farmers.

A lot of people will lose their jobs, their farms and their livelihood.  The cost of food will increase because those lost local products will need to be shipped into the island.  The very same GMO produce grown elsewhere, but banned here.  More people will have to rely on government assistance.  The cost of living, as high as it is, will get higher.

I believe it is a deliberate and concerted effort, by some members of Hawai’i council to get rid of certain “elements” from the Island.  Those elements are the low income families, farmers and rural land owners that they don’t like.  They are in the way of progress and development.  Big business opportunities that some council members can economically enrich themselves with at the expense of local people.  Look at the people in Congress that have profited from their office! The trickle down theory applies to corruption also.

GMO products are already strictly regulated by government agencies: FDA, USDA, EPA and the CDC, all monitor and routinely test GMO products for safety.  The use of chemicals and science is closely scrutinized, more so than organic farming techniques are.  Some organic methods can be very toxic, but very little is either known to the public about the risks of organic farming.  You are more likely to contract hepatitis and rat lung disease from organic farming, than be poisoned by GMO foods.

It is the definition of the term ‘Genetically Modified Organism’, that is probably the most misunderstood part of the whole argument.  Genetic manipulation has been a common practice since the dawn of agriculture.  Plants, animals and even humans, have been genetically modified over the centuries.  Science has increased food production and safety, but you cannot convince activists with facts, they don’t want to hear it!



In the case of the Hawaiian Papaya, a virus called the ‘Ring Spot Virus’ was threatening to destroy the Papaya industry on the Big Island.  The University of Hawai’i at Hilo commissioned scientists to try and save the Papaya industry.  They succeeded by identifying the ‘Ring Spot Virus’ and creating a vaccination to halt the spread of the disease.  Just like a doctor gives humans a flu shot, penicillin, and vaccinations against deadly diseases.  It was that simple.

I’m old enough to remember the scourge of polio, measles, whooping cough and other diseases that either killed or disabled children.  However, many people, in particular movie stars and other public figures, have come out against vaccinations.  They believe vaccinations are causing other problems like autism and birth defects.  These celebrities have encouraged the low information voter to refuse to vaccinate their children from these diseases.  A terribly naive and dangerous thing to do to either their children, or to anyone else!  Although, these activists have no evidence to prove their claims that vaccinations are harmful, people have decided to believe their false claims anyway.  Blindly!

Loud mouth haole, washed up television actress, and unfortunate island resident, Rosanne Barr, has come out and advocated for violence against farmers and anyone that supports GMO science in farming.  She is an admitted  communist and a green party member.  She openly advocates for the murder of conservatives, and because she has celebrity status; she has a public bully pulpit to preach hate from.  That’s right, a Bully Pulpit!  A waste of Aloha!


Corporate Hatred Fueling Food Fight


The GMO Scare – Corporate Hatred and scare tactics.  Eco-Terrorism.  Anti-Capitalism hatred permeates the rhetoric, but is there any truth to the claims of people being poisoned?  Emotionally driven charges with claims of farmers working outside the realm of nature’s rules.  Activists claims of corporations like Monsanto are poisoning the food supply haven’t been substantiated.  Activists arguments are never about the food, it’s always about the business model.

The argument by some is that we need to know what’s in our food, so we need labeling.  That has been a favorite activist demand.  Fine, I get that!  I need to know what’s in the food I consume for health reasons.  The amount of sodium, cholesterol and fat are things my doctor warns me about.   It’s funny because just about every packaged food product has some GMO already in it.  GMO Corn, soybeans and other plants have been consumed for decades with no ill effects.   Why is it only now that GMO is suddenly being demonized?  Answer: people are misinformed about what the benefits of what GMO technology brings to farming, and the delivery of safe nutritious food.  But there is this seething hatred of corporations by these activists.  Environmental activists groups, you all know who they are; have brought nuisance lawsuits against farmers.  Corporations have teamed with these activists to shut out small business farmers from competing.  That’s part of the problem here in Hawai’i also.  It is a deliberate effort to drive the local farmer out of business.

Some Foreign countries sponsor some of the activist hatred because these are US based corporations.   Agenda 21, and United Nations countries, that have a profound hatred for the United States and US Corporations, are behind most of these activists.  You hear of countries banning Monsanto products, not because there’s anything wrong with the technology, but because it wasn’t invented there.  Follow the money behind the science.

There is more GMO in foods we consume today than anyone realizes, and we’ve been eating it for decades without any harmful effects.  I grew up eating GMO foods, and drinking fluoridated water, and never had any ill effects.  I still have all my teeth!

We live longer.  We are healthier.  We now eat better and safer than we ever have in history.  100 years ago, in 1913, the industrial age in America was in full gear.  Along the way there were mistakes made, and they were corrected.  Best practices eventually led to the quality of life we enjoy today. There are more people living today because of food technology.  We all live a better quality of life than those that live elsewhere in the world; like Africa, China and parts of the former Soviet Union.  Their food quality control isn’t a good as ours; and yet there are those with this romantic notion that being closer to the Earth, the Planet, and the ground; that they are willing to bury themselves in their own grave of ignorance.

But because of an innate fear of what people don’t understand, they have taken out their pitch forks and torches to battle the Frankenfruit monster. They don’t care that they are destroying their future, their environment and our Planet.

If only stupidity had a label.


What’s For Breakfast?




Egg McKini with GMO Rainbow Papaya and GMO Hash Browns






Friday Night Rant : Our Brave New World


Enjoy the pictures and let me whine to you about the events in the news of today.  The irony, the logic, and the emotion, that governs our lives.  Maybe it’s how the news is presented today!  The amount of information, really accurate information, is really hard to get at.  So here’s what I do know!


In this country we have several ongoing scandals going on, both political and social, but to the degree of sorting the information as relevant to either your daily life, or as trends to be wary of.  In other words, does this information mean anything to you the reader?  Do you even care?


Government Banned Plastic Bags in Hawai’i

Si vis pacem, para bellum”, is Latin for “If you want peace, prepare for war”.  It seems perfectly apt regarding this regime’s effort to eliminate the second amendment rights granted to all Americans by the United States Constitution.  You know, that document the English twit on CNN calls “your little book”! But lies are the only truths that socialist democrats know; even when Vice President Joe Biden made bizarre claims about hearing guns committing crimes, and just like Notre Dame star Football player Manti Te’o make believe girlfriend, its all lies.

During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said the Obama administration does not have the time to fully enforce existing gun laws.

I suppose you get the government you voted for.  They never read the bills, and they don’t enforce existing laws; No, it’s easier to make more laws because that’s what we’re paying them to do!  What a waste!


I write to you on this Aloha Friday, under blue sunny skies with cotton-like clouds slowly drifting overhead.  A slight cool breeze moves the bamboo wind chimes creating a sweet subtle melodic rhythm.  I’m listening to KHNR 690 AM, a News Talk radio station from Honolulu.  I have to listen to the station on the internet because the “over the air” signal strength is low for good reception in my geographic area.

It’s just after 11AM on this glorious Kakahiaka (Morning) and now slipping into “Awakea”  (Late morning, nearing Noon).  Currently, it is 76° degrees, partly cloudy winds out of the north with gusts of 12MPH.  Humidity is 63% and steady.  The cloud cover is 35% which makes the UV index a 6, that’s just below midpoint on the scale of low to high.


Another attack on the Tea Party, this it is by time by outgoing failed Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.  Apparently, the regime’s policies are not the blame for the high unemployment and why more people aren’t working.  The policies of this regime have slowed the economy to a standstill.  Yet, she uses Obama’s strategy of blaming others for their lousy policies.

Quoting Labor Secretary Hilda Solis: Solis also said that in many ways the Obama administration “did not get the kind of support we needed originally when he took office for the American Recovery Act funds” and blamed “a small group known as the Tea Party movement” for not engaging with the president and “hurting the American public, our economy, and the future of our country.”
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So here is the quandary, what exactly did the Tea Party do to prevent job growth?  All we did was ask for limited government, which has been responsible for slowing the economy and the high unemployment rate.  All we asked for is for low taxes, so we could invest in creating jobs; the only jobs being created are government jobs.  How sustainable is that?  Growing government and raising taxes only reduces private industry job growth.  All we asked for was less regulations so we can expand our businesses and create jobs.  So what does Obama do?


Obama’s gave an Executive Order for pay raises: Under an executive order issued by President Obama on Thursday, members of Congress will join federal workers in seeing their pay rise by 0.5 percent after March 27.

That’s your tax dollars paying your government’s salary.  How much do they get paid?

Congressmen and senators make $174,000 a year and will see an extra $900 in their annual pay packages before taxes next year.


Actually, many of our Congress people make much more than that.  Some have used the power of their office to enrich themselves greatly.  Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters are just two of the most corrupt socialist democrats that have used legislation to enrich members of their families and spouses.  So with a wave of Obama’s pen, he commands an increase to these corrupt politicians salaries.

Maybe the good news is that the GOP, and probably with the help of those pesky Tea Party people, are demanding a proper budget with spending cuts or deny Congress their pay.  Seems fair to me!

“We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay.”  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement Friday.  Has the GOP grown a pair of bolus?

“Next week, we will authorize a three month temporary debt limit increase to give the Senate and House time to pass a budget. Furthermore, if the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, Members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay.”

It’s about time don’tcha think?  But will the Republicans cave like they usually do?


Well, it’s coming up on 10PM HST and ‘Aina awakea (lunch) was ono (good)!  Plus Red Eye is coming on Fox TV!  As I scourer the internet for news, I am bombarded by stories of legislators rushing to provide that emotional cork on the tragic Sandy Hook event.  New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo made an emotionally disturbing demand and got legislation that makes the State of New York the toughest gun controls in the nation.  Like most socialist democrats, they fail to read and comprehend the law they are writing.  As a result:

But because no loophole for law enforcement was included in the law, every police officer in the state is technically in violation of the statute

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Is this a good example of bad governance or what!  Desperate to do anything, but think about what they are doing, New York State enacted a law that puts their own law enforcement in violation of the law.  They didn’t read their own law, they didn’t think of what they were crafting.  Waste of tax dollars, but that’s New York State, a bastion of liberal rule.  Heavily in debt and taxes, New York is the East Coast example of California, whereas the population and businesses are dwindling and leaving for greener pastures.

Then there are the 23 unconstitutional Executive Orders that Obama issued this week to curb gun violence.

These are our kids.  This is what they’re thinking about.  And so what we should be thinking about is our responsibility to care for them, and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up and do everything that they’re capable of doing — not just to pursue their own dreams, but to help build this country.  This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe.  This is how we will be judged.  And their voices should compel us to change.



If that were true, abortion would be illegal.  Are we as a society going to draw the distinction between the two tragedies? Both are taking a life, it’s just the means on how it is done.  There are 1.2 Million abortions done in the United State’s every year.  Are these children any less worthy than the ones taken at Sandy Hook, or anywhere else for that matter?  As a society, our first task to keep children safe, said Obama.  I guess that doesn’t apply to “all” children, just some children.  Is it because the killing is done behind the antiseptic walls of make believe healthcare facility and not by the hand of a crazed killer where everyone can see?  If we are going to apply that liberal logic in its literal sense, then we would all be hypocrites.


It’s funny though; there are people that would fight to prevent the death of a dog or cat at the humane center, rather than the abattoir that is Planned Parenthood.  It is funny though; our government gave the same guns they don’t want Americans to have to Mexican drug lords.  The same guns that have killed thousands of Mexicans and several Americans, including an American border guard.  Then there is the Benghazi tragedy which has never been answered.  Why did this regime and the media ignore such a event?  I guess Obama and his regime believes the lives of those people are not as worthy as the children of Sandy Hook.  Now that Obama has issued 23 Executive Orders to restrict Americans from owning firearms, I wonder if the Mexican drug lords won’t use the weapons they got from our government against Americans.  Who will cry for them?

Holder’s and Obama’s desire to continually hide these Fast and Furious documents is “ironic” now that they’re so gung-ho on gun control. “It is beyond ironic that the Obama administration has initiated an anti-gun violence push as it seeking to keep secret key documents about its very own Fast and Furious gun walking scandal,”


I see our society going down the wrong path.  There seems to be an emphasis on the destruction of family and religion by the government.  By introducing restrictions on people’s conscience and religious beliefs and forcing people to accept immorality as commonplace.  Even calling Pedophilia acceptable!

Is it absolute madness to even consider such behavior, but like any immoral behavior, a corrupt lifestyle is being pushed onto society. You must accept this behavior as mainstream, or else, you are called a bigot. Even so far as to call such activity, a Civil Right.  Accept immorality or be labeled a bigot.  Those are your only choices!  Conform or be called an extremist! Another example is in the Affordable Patient Care Act where a child can get free sterilizations, even without parental consent.

Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure.

 Yet, you are led to believe that the Republicans have a war on women.  How do you define what war is then?


Yet, we are told by those dictating what morality is and how it should be, and how we as a society will be judged.  There’s no confusion when it comes to prolife issues, but in this society, abortion is called prochoice.  Except it’s not really a choice for the unborn is it?  Still, the outrage over Sandy Hook like tragedies tends to take the attention away from real society ills.  How often do such tragedies happen?  How could it have been prevented?  Questions that may never be answered; however, the weight of such tragedies against what could be prevented is ignored and considered commonplace.

one in a million

One in a Million!

I do pray for this society that preys on the helpless, and then call it, “a choice“.  It is a choice, as with all choices, is it a wise choice?  We are destroying our future, our society and our morals; sounds depre4ssing doesn’t it?!  History is repeating itself, there is no doubt about that.  What brave new world have we have again brought ourselves into?


 What’s For Dinner?





 Bread, it’s like Freedom! Once Tasted, Never Forgotten!






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