|A Korean Natural Food presentation by Drake Weinert drew some 55 people today to Kaʻū High School's campus|
as part of a community volunteer workday at the new farm being created for the Kaʻū Global Learning Lab.
Photo by Julia Neal
LOCAL FARMERS ARE URGING GOV. DAVID IGE TO sign a bill that passed the 2021 Hawaiʻi Legislature that directs state entities that buy food to make those purchases increasingly local. The entities include the public schools throughout Hawaiʻi, hospitals, prisons and jails. The legislation sets these goals: At least 10 percent of produce be “fresh local agricultural products and local value-added,
processed, agricultural, or food products” by Jan. 1, 2025 with an increase up to 40 percent by 2050.
The bill states at the aim is “to require state departments to ensure that a certain percentage of produce that is purchased is locally grown to ensure the continued growth of local produce, support local farmers and ranchers, and guarantee that revenue derived from the produce of contracts for locally grown produce
remains in the State.”
Pahala Food Hub continues to give out 50 bags of food from
Kaʻū farmers, ranchers and Kaʻū High students every
Friday in Pāhala village. Photo by Julia Neal
The measure has support, ranging from Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United to Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau, state Department of Education and Kamehameha Schools.
KILAUEA'S SUMMIT LAVA LAKE IN HALEMAʻUMAʻU is approaching its five-month anniversary on Thursday, May 20. The water lake that occupied the crater for the previous 17 months seems like a distant memory. This is the subject of this week's Volcano Watch, written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates: