2016 Food Justice Summit

Come hear inspiring food justice advocates from around Hawaii and the world weave together a story of how our local food and environmental struggles are connected, and how we can begin to restore a fairer and more healthy food system – together!

This event is FREE! And there will be a chance to get a FREE HAPA T-SHIRTS for the first 20 people!

Saturday, Jan. 16, 5-7 pm
McCoy Studio Theater
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Kahului, Maui

Eight speakers are confirmed for the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and Pesticide Action Network North America’s International Food Justice Summit who will present over 6-days, kicking off at University of Hawai’i-Hilo on Friday, January 15. The speakers will articulate shared experiences from Hawai’i and around the world of struggles to preserve rights of local farmers against corporate land grabs, workers rights, protections from pesticides, and food sovereignty issues.

It is a Four-Island Speaking Tour (events are free and open to the public):

Friday, January 15, 6-8 p.m.: Hawai’i Island (Hilo), University Classroom Building 100, University of Hawai’i Hilo
Saturday, January 16, 5-7 p.m.: Maui (McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului)
Sunday, January 17, 5-7 p.m.: Kaua’i (Performing Arts Center, Kaua’i Community College, Lihue)
Monday, January 18, 6-8 p.m.: O’ahu (Honolulu), University of Hawai’i-Mānoa (ART 132 – Auditorium)

International Speakers include:
Mariann Bassey Orovwuje is program manager of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), the foremost Nigerian advocacy non-governmental organization. ERA is the Nigerian chapter of Friends of the Earth International, a network of 76 national grassroots groups, campaigning to protect the environment and to create sustainable societies. She is coordinator of Friends of the Earth Africa`s Food Sovereignty Campaign. Orovwjue is a lawyer and an environmental, human and food rights advocate. Her talk is entitled “Lessons in Food Sovereignty from Africa: Community Rights Over Corporations.” (Speaker at all events)

Sarojeni V. Rengam is executive director of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) in Malaysia. She is a steering committee member of the Asian Rural Women`s Coalition (ARWC), a coalition of grassroots organizations of rural women, women peasants and agricultural workers, including Indigenous women, pastoralists and fisherfolk, and regional networks working on women`s issues. Rengam is the author of numerous books, published papers and articles on issues of women in agriculture, pesticide issues and food sovereignty. She will be speaking on “Land Grabs and The Struggle for Farmer`s and Farm Workers` Rights in Asia.” (Speaker at all events.)

Eva Schürmann is an activist with MultiWatch, a Swiss-based group that monitors multinational corporations headquartered in Switzerland (such as Syngenta) and their violations of human rights around the globe. She has a Masters in Law degree from the University of Basel and is a practicing attorney. Schürmann and Multiwatch helped organize the Kaua`i delegation last April, which attended an international conference in Basel, addressed the Syngenta shareholder meeting, and met with the parliament of Basel. Her talk is entitled, “Activism in the Belly of the Beast: Switzerland and The Precautionary Principle in Europe.” (Speaker at all events)

Adelita San Vicente Tello, is director of Semillas de Vida Fundacion (Seeds of Life Foundation) in Mexico. She is one of the leaders of the Sin Maiz no hay Pais (Without Corn there is no Country) coalition that successfully kept Monsanto transgenic corn out of Mexico. Her talk is entitled “Stories from the Birthplace of Corn: How Mexico has successfully kept Monsanto out (and protected local farmers and biodiversity)!” (Speaker at all events)

Hawai’i Speakers, Program Hosts and Emcees:

Alika Atay, Hawaiian cultural educator in the areas of organic farming, natural Korean farming methods, agricultural pedagogy, and native wisdom for guiding a shift to safe farming and local food systems for Hawaii and the world. Atay is an executive in Hawaii Farmer’s Union United, and is also one of the “Five Citizens” that represented the Maui “GMO Moratorium” ballot initiative. (Speaker at University of Hawai’i-Hilo event, Friday, January 15)

Mālia Kahaleʻinia Chun is from the mokupuni of Kauaʻi and the ahupua`a of Wailuanuiahoano. She is the mother of two daughters, Leiʻohu and Laʻakea, and for the past 14 years has her life to providing cultural enrichment opportunities for the keiki of Kauaʻi with the intent of raising their goals and aspirations and inspire them to become leaders in their community. Chun also has a specific interest in the revitalization of our natural resources, cultural and historical sites and works to develop partnerships within the community to facilitate community based projects. Ultimately, it is Chun`s passion to plant seeds of consciousness and understanding in our keiki and to give them the tools to live a self-sustainable life. Chun is also the program coordinator of the Na Pua No`eau Program at Kauaʻi Community College, University of Hawaiʻi. (Speaker at Lihue, Kaua’i event, Sunday, January 17)

Kainoa Horcajo. Born and raised on Maui with a deep love of his island home, Kainoa Horcago studied International Relations side by side with traditional wisdom of his kupuna in Hawai`i. Through a wide-ranging spectrum of interests, Horcajo continues to develop innovative and approachable ways to connect people, both locals and visitors, with the Hawaiian culture and its important messages for the world. Horcajo is Hawaiian cultural ambassador at Grand Wailea and host of the television show, “Search Hawai`i: Where Food Meets Culture.” (Host, emcee and speaker at Kahului, Maui event, Saturday, January 16)

Sabra Kauka is a kumu of Hawaiian Studies and Hula Na Pua o Kamaile at Island School. In addition, she coordinates the Department of Education Hawaiian Studies Cultural Personnel Resources on Kaua`i. She teaches many traditional arts, including making kappa, feather lei and weaving lauhala. She is a founding member and president of Na Pali Coast `Ohana, the Caretakers of Nu`alolo State Park on Kaua`i. She also serves as a board member of Garden Island Resources & Development (RC&D) and is a member of Hale `Opio Kaua`i Partnership Hui for Hawai`i. (Host and emcee at Lihue, Kaua’i event, Sunday, January 17)

Andre Perez is from Kōloa, Kauaʻi. He currently resides on Oʻahu where he engages in community activism and organizing and is completing his M.A. in Hawaiian studies at UH-Mānoa. His community work is centered on Hawaiian sovereignty and self-determination. His academic research revolves around Hawaiian religion and traditional practices. He is the co-founder and caretaker of Hanakēhau Learning Farm. (Speaker at University of Hawai’i-Mānoa event, Monday, January 18)

Professor Noelie Rodriguez has a master`s degree and a Ph.D. from UCLA in Sociology. She is faculty advisor for Global HOPE (Hawai`i Organization for Peace and the Environment). Professor Rodrizuez has taught at the College of William and Mary, Cal State Dominguez Hills, UH-Mānoa, Chaminade, UH-Hilo and is currently a full professor at Hawai`i Community College. She was the organizer and first director of the UHH Women`s Center. Professor Rodriguez and her husband Chris Yuen operate a certified organic farm growing apple bananas, rambutans and lychee. She has an academic background in community development and activism on a variety of issues on behalf of democracy, the environment and the public good. (Host and emcee at University of Hawai’i-Hilo event, Friday, January 15)

Jonathan Likeke Scheuer, Ph.D. Born and raised on O`ahu, Dr. Scheuer consults on the management of environmental conflict. His practice has included working with the National Park Service, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and climate scientists working in Hawai`i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. He has been a lecturer with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the William S. Richardson School of Law, and serves as a volunteer at-large member and first vice chair of the State Land Use Commission, and as a board member of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Dr. Scheuer has previously held positions with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Nature Conservancy, the Hawai`i State Legislature, Kamehameha Schools, the Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Hawai`i Conservation Alliance, and the Waipā Foundation. He has served as a member and vice chair of the O`ahu Island Burial Council and on the Board of Mālama Mānoa. He holds three degrees in Environmental Studies: a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), a Master`s from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. from UCSC. He is a 1987 graduate of `Iolani School. (Host and emcee of the University of Hawai’i- Mānoa event, Monday, January 18)

The Summit will also include a “Convergence on the Capitol” on Wednesday, January 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to support the efforts of community groups leading the charge for rights to land, water and food with rallies and other events on the Legislature’s opening day.

The genesis for the Summit came from the experience of the Kaua’i delegation that traveled in April to Switzerland, home of pesticide giant Syngenta. For more information and summit updates, additional background information about the speakers, and speaking tour dates, venues and times, visit www.HAPAhi.org and follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) is a Hawai’i-wide organization whose mission is to catalyze community empowerment and systemic change towards valuing ʻāina (environment or “that which feeds us”) and people ahead of corporate profit. HAPA campaigns for fair and sustainable food systems; economic justice; community-based resource stewardship; and reclaiming democracy.

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. One of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, PAN North America challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society. PAN International—founded in Malaysia in 1982—links local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network.


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