Pala ka hala, momona ka hāʻukeʻuke
(When the hala is ripe, the hāʻukeʻuke sea urchin is fat) – Pukui, 1983
Food security means having enough nutritious food to feed everyone all the time. Global challenges like invasive species and our changing climate make food security difficult to achieve anywhere. This is especially true on the Hawaii Islands where we import 85% of our food from the continental United States.
Everyone needs food to eat, and we shouldn’t have to rely on planes and ships to bring it to us. The good news is that in Hawaii, we can grow our own food year-round. The Kohala Center’s Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network is one of the leaders in Hawaii Island’s flourishing “grown not flown” movement. The earth-loving program teaches our keiki to grow their own food and become stewards of our ʻāina. Other grown not flown Hawaii Island gems include farm training programs, all-local grocery stores, aquaculture programs, school gardening groups and composting programs. Dig in!