Hawai'i State Legislature
In session from January 21 to May 7, 2015.
Home Rule and Pesticides are at the top of our list of issues that we will be tracking for this legislative session.
"Corporate money only works when the people are not aware." ~Vandana Shiva, Honolulu, Hawaii - January 21, 2015
In Hawai'i, counties have Home Rule; the ability to exercise our rightful powers of governance within local administrative areas, and are currently defending those rights in the 9th circuit court.
CITIZEN'S GUIDE - (pdf)
Create an account and begin tracking Bills as-soon-as they are assigned a number. Select the committees and Bills you want to follow and receive "automatic notices" when they are scheduled for a hearing or are changed. Be ready to submit or offer testimony. http://capitol.hawaii.gov/home.aspx
PROVIDE ORAL TESTIMONY VIA VIDEO TECHNOLOGY - SENATE PILOT PROJECTNeighbor island residents will be able to provide remote video testimony. More information on the project will be determined in the next couple of weeks. Once determined, detailed instructions will be posted online. You'll be able to find them by going to the http://capitol.hawaii.gov, clicking on the "SENATE" BAR on the right-side of the page: and under SENATE LINKS, selecting the SENATE VIDEOCONFERENCING PILOT PROJECT LINK.
You should find everything you need on that page once it's been updated for the Twenty-Eighth Legislature. Please note that this opportunity will only apply to the committees named, and it only applies when they indicate on their hearing notices that they are accepting remote video testimony.
VIDEO - THE POWER AND IMPORTANCE OF HOME RULE - (2 hours) Recorded on January 21, 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii. The Vandan Shiva Tour was sponsored by the Hawai'i Center for Food Safety Action Fund. Mahalo to a wonderful group of leaders including Councilmember Gary Hooser, Walter Ritte, Sen. Russell Ruderman and Rep. Kaniela Ing, speaking on the power and importance of home rule. https://www.youtube.com/watch?21%2Cv=TNAVfJHHBOU&feature=youtu.be
E Komo Mai
"Come over, come join us"
Welcome, we are a coalition of residents, standing together to protect the island of Hawai`i from the harmful effects of GMO farming on our
island. We support alternatives and healthier
opportunities to GMOs and industrial agriculture in
general. We ask that all districts of this island form
local groups and work with us to
protect our aina (land), our ecosystem, and our diversity for future generations.
GMO's are a complex
issue, and have many different facets on how they affect
people's lives, especially in Hawai`i. We know this is a
grassroots effort -- and that means getting people from all
walks of life and parts of the island to offer their
perspective and mana'o. There are many ways to approach the
"on the ground" education in different parts of society
(like schools, farms, food stores, etc.). We encourage you
to get involved, see how you can help, and what may be
beneficial to the movement to remove GMOs from the
All communications are organized on our website, so that they are easy to use, print out, and share. We strive to compile information that is current and has been vetted to help the consumer utilize important information. Our focus is to shape legislation that will protect Hawai`i Island. We do plan and participate in educational community events, sign waving rallies, and marches.
OUR NEWS FEED - BLOG
Our blog can be viewed on the main page of our website so that you just have one URL to remember. Blog entries help you to share timely information with your peers. To bookmark our blog or to access our blog directly, visit http://GMOFreeHawaiiIsland.blogspot.com
We have a GMO Free Hawai`i Island page on Facebook that is open to the public and is searchable.
Anyone with a Facebook account can participate in the ongoing
discussion(s) as it is an open
source for information sharing and networking of people
involved in the movement.
Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMOFreeHawaiiIsland
If you would like to receive an occasional update on upcoming events and bill summaries, send us an email at GMOFreeHawaiiIsland@gmail.com and put
"NEWSLETTER" in the title. Please provide a brief
introduction as to who you are, what part of the island you
hail from, and how you want to contribute. You
will be added to the list and will receive an email as-soon-as the update is sent out. Thank
you so much for participating, and we look forward to your
ideas and working with you.
OUR UPCOMING EVENTS
Our calendar will help you stay involved with GMO community events on our island. When provided we will also share event information for neighboring islands. When applicable we will provide PDF event files, that you can print out and share within your community, or workplace.
We would love to hear from you, especially if there is something that you can do to support the efforts of the group. There is so much work to do, and it can be very taxing on our small group. If you would like to contribute your time, and skills we would love to hear from you. Our email address is GMOFreeHawaiiIsland@gmail.com.
Updated: August 1, 2014