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. But especially on the Hawaii Islands. We import 85% of our food—most from the continental United States, a whopping 2,500 miles away.
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 ‘aina. 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!