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Submitting and Giving Testimony

Hawai`i Island needs your kokua to help protect the aina, our food sovereignty, and economic security. This is your opportunity to create a GMO-free future. Talking points with links to thought provoking articles may help you when drafting testimony. Please spread the word in your area by posting and distributing the attached fliers at the bottom of this page. Mahalo!

Satellite Council Offices are also accepting testimony:

Hilo: Hawai‘i County Building, 25 Aupuni Street, Rm. 1401

Pāhoa: Pāhoa Marketplace, 15-2660 Pāhoa Village Road, Rm. 105

Waimea: Holumua Center, 64-1067, Māmalahoa Highway, Suite 5

Ka‘u: Hawaiian Ocean View Community Ctr., 92-8924 Leilani Circle

Kona: Kona Council Chamabers, The West Hawai`i Civic Center; 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway, Bldg. A




A good image created by testifiers will help to win support.  The Council has asked testifiers to refrain from personal attacks, holding signs or wearing masks.  Wear GREEN in solidarity.  Arrive early to sign in to testify and to get a seat in the Council Room, and be prepared for a long day.  More Puna testimony is needed.  Please find others in that district to testify.

Oral Public Testimony: Oral public testimony is heard at the beginning of each Council meeting for items on the agenda.  Oral public testimony is limited to three (3) minutes per agenda item.

Written Public Testimony:  The deadline for submission of written public testimony is before 12:00 noon on July 1.  The Office of the County Clerk will accept written public testimony by mail to the Office of the County Clerk, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720; by facsimile to (808) 961-8912; or by e-mail to   counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us  

Written Public Testimony Submitted Past Deadline:  If you miss the deadline for written public testimony, the Office of the County Clerk will accept your written public testimony at the Council meeting, along with 14 copies your written public testimony if you would like it to be part of the record

* Video Public Testimony:   Those submitting video testimony may email a complete web address (url) to  videotestimony@hawaiicounty.gov   before 12:00 noon on the business day prior to the meeting.  The email shall indicate the appropriate Committee or Council meeting, the meeting date, agenda item (communication, bill, resolution, or report number), and number of testifiers on the video submittal.  Each video submittal shall be limited to a single agenda item.  Video submittals may contain up to three (3) individual testifiers and shall each be up to three (3) minutes in length.  Video testimony will not be played during the meeting; however, it will be distributed to Council Members prior to the meeting.  If submitted after the deadline, Council Members will receive the video testimony after the meeting.    The Office of the County Clerk reserves the right to refuse testimony containing inappropriate content or that is not in compliance with Rule 13 (Public Statements and Testimony) .  *Allowable video formats are to be internet-based, downloadable, and accessible to this office and the general public; e.g. YouTube being the most commonly known but any, of similar functionality and format we can access and review, is acceptable.

Talking Points: In order of relevance for July 2 hearing.  This hearing was scheduled to review the amendments made to the original bill.  Please read the revised bill before preparing your testimony.   


1)  Your opinion on the exemptions and amendments to the original bill.


2)  The Council really wants testimony on economic benefits this bill would create.  Put on your thinking caps.

Non-GMO island would attract seed production/hybrid research – free from GMO contamination; protective sanctuary for many non-GMO crops attract international growers; non-GMO alfalfa and soybeans grows well in Hawaii free from GMO contamination; provide for tourists seeking non-GMO products, etc.





3)  Is this bill fair to GMO papaya growers and non-GMO/organic papaya growers?


4)  The precautionary principle is used where there is uncertainty or potential harm to humans/environment.





5)  The growing demand for non-gmo food is affecting the price and supply of commodities.





6)  Lack of Federal, State and County GMO regulatory framework leaves all farmers unprotected.




7)  Tipping Point is fast approaching.




8)  Dr. Don Huber, Dr. Stephanie Seneff.



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