Honolulu Community Leaders Testify on Toxic Herbicides in Kapiolani Park

On September 5, 2014 concerned Honolulu community leaders met with Kapiolani park officials for the second time to try to persuade them to stop spraying highly toxic glyphosate containing herbicide chemicals such as Monsanto’s RoundUp and Honcho in Kapiolani park, Hawaii’s largest and oldest public park.

The meeting started at 3pm and took place at the beautiful Paki Hale where Honolulu community leaders spoke out against the use of harmful herbicides in Kapiolani Park. Some of their valuable and informative testimonies were recorded and are available in the videos throughout this article.

Paki Hale at Kapiolani Park | Organic Hawaii

Paki Hale at Kapiolani Park | Organic Hawaii

Among them were doctors, journalists, farmers, gardeners, concerned park users, environmentalists, artists, musicians, and even the director of the Diamond Head Community Garden Association.

She correctly pointed out the fact that it’s illegal to use these and any other harmful non-organic chemicals in all Honolulu Community Garden locations and that Kapiolani park should be no exception. Especially due to the fact that Kapiolani Park is right next to the Diamond Head Community Garden and both the park and the garden are under the management of the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

Supporting the ban on harmful chemicals in Kapiolani Park is a no-brainer decision to a health conscious, moral person. Ultimately, we must pass ordinances and laws that would ban the use of toxic chemicals in all Hawaii public parks across all islands. 

🙂 ACTION ALERT: “STOP POISONING KAPIOLANI PARK!” 🙂

Similar actions, ordinances, and laws have already been passed in other U.S. mainland states such as California, Oregon, and Washington where the use of these toxic herbicide chemicals is prohibited in public parks to protect public health as early as 2001 in Seattle, Washington!

Doesn’t Hawaii and it’s people deserve at least the same kind of protection from controversial and infamous chemicals that have been linked to birth defects, autism, cancer, DNA and cell damage, neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s, etc.?

We hope that Kapiolani park officials, the heads of City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Urban Forestry, as well as Hawaii’s political leaders agree that the people of Hawaii deserve to enjoy chemical-free public parks today!

Action Alert: “Stop Poisoning Kapiolani Park!”

Honolulu Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry Department Hawaii Seal 2014 Organic Hawaii

Save Kapiolani Park

Kapiolani Park is the oldest and the largest public park in Hawaii. It’s enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people each year both locals and tourists alike for family recreation, sports, picnics, community events, and much more. The 300-acre (1.2 km2) Kapiolani park is a gorgeous public park right next to the busy touristy Waikiki district on the island of Oahu. It’s home to the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Shell performance arena, and it’s adjacent to some of the most popular beaches in Hawaii.

Kapiolani Park herbicide sign posted: "Field closed, No Practice, No Games" | Organic Hawaii

Kapiolani Park sign posted: “Field Closed, No Practice, No Games” Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. September 2014

Recently it was discovered that highly toxic broad-spectrum Glyphosate containing herbicides such as RoundUp and Honcho are being sprayed in Kapiolani park on a regular basis. Glyphosate was originally developed by Monsanto. After many independent studies Glyphosate has been been linked to a multitude of severe health conditions, such as: cancer, autism, DNA damage, cell damage, liver damage, and more. It’s highly toxic even in small doses when diluted to 450 times lower than what is used in agricultural applications.

These chemicals are not only toxic to humans and plants, but everything else living including: soil micro organisms, insects including pollinators such as bees and butterflies, earthworms, birds, pets, and aquatic sea life.

During application glyphosate spreads by air and wind, lurks on top of surfaces such as grass, soil, picnic tables, etc. and leaches down through the soil eventually reaching the nearby ocean. It creates invisible (to the human eye) pollution of the soil that we walk on, the air that our children breathe, and the ocean that so many enjoy.

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So far there have been two community meetings with the purpose of having park officials stop spraying toxic poison in Kapiolani Park. As of now the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation and Urban Forestry Division is reluctant to stop spraying these highly toxic products in public places despite multiple expert and community testimonies.

Honolulu Park officials are saying that since the government has no legal restriction (laws) against the use of glyphosate and other highly toxic chemicals in Kapiolani park and other public places of Hawaii, therefore, it’s ok for them to keep on using them, despite the abundance of independent studies showing high toxicity of these infamous products and despite other Public Parks in mainland U.S. states having banned their use and passed laws to protect their communities.

Right now we need to create a social mass awareness about the poisoning of Kapiolani Park that’s going on since most Hawaii residents and tourists alike are completely unaware of glyphosate use in Hawaii public parks. We need to tell our families, our neighbors, coworkers, and friends about this situation to create mass awareness, which would create social change.

Take Action! If you’re NOT OK with Honolulu park officials spraying toxic chemicals in Kapiolani park and other Hawaii public parks you need to email, call, send fax, or write a letter to:

Department of Parks and Recreation
Michele K. Nekota, Director
Jeanne C. Ishikawa, Deputy Director

1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 309
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Phone:(808) 768-3003
Fax: (808) 768-3053
Email: parks@honolulu.gov


You can also contact your local political and community leaders and ask them to support banning the use of toxic chemicals in Hawaii public places including public parks such as Kapiolani. Also, come to the 3rd Meeting (to be announced) to voice your support for chemical free parks in Hawaii.

You don’t have to write or say a lot if you don’t want to. For example (you can even copy/paste/adapt the text below):

Sample letter A

Aloha (name of person you’re contacting),

I’m not OK with Honolulu Public Park officials using toxic chemicals in Kapiolani Park and other public places. Please stop immediately. These chemicals are toxic to the Hawaiian ecosystem and have been scientifically linked to many severe health problems in humans.

Mahalo,

(your name)

Sample letter B

Aloha Dear Michele K. Nekota and Jeanne C. Ishikawa,

Please, take necessary steps ASAP to stop using glyphosate and any other harmful highly toxic products such as Monsanto’s RoundUp and Honcho in public parks. These chemicals put the people of Hawaii health at risk and pollute the environment. These are very toxic chemicals and we the people of Hawaii demand ban on their use. There have already been two meetings on this issue at Kapiolani Park. There’s overwhelming evidence that these chemicals damage DNA, reproductive damage, cause cancer, autism, and the list goes on. They are highly toxic. If you really care about people’s health and the Aina, then please take action immediately to address this major issue.

Sincerely,

(optional: who you are: examaple: Waikiki resident, Hawaii parks user, community gardener, attorney, doctor, police officer, engineer, etc.)

(your name)

 

10.2.14 Gandhi’s 145th Birthday Celebration!

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Nonviolence

GIIP invites you to celebrate the 145th birthday and Hawaii’s 9th Annual Celebration, of one of the world’s great leaders, Mahatma Gandhi. As a pioneer of Satyagraha, or resistance through vast non-violent civil disobedience, he became one of the most important political and spiritual leaders of his time. The event includes an interfaith discussion for world peace, multicultural dances, and music by the Royal Hawaiian Band.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2014 ~ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

WHERE: Outside the Honolulu Zoo in front of the Gandhi Statue

(Located between Diamond Head and Waikiki at the corner of Kapahulu Ave and Kalakaua Ave. The Zoo parking lot entrance is on Kapahulu Ave and is metered parking. The Waikiki Shell parking lot across the screet on Monsarrat Ave has free parking.)

For any questions, contact Raj Kumar, Ph.D., President at: cosmicyoga@yahoo.com

Note:

We suggest participants wear white comfortable attire during this event. Also, please bring sitting mats or chairs.

Volunteers and donations appreciated.

source: http://www.gandhianpeace.com/

9.18.14 “Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season” Lecture

Hawaiian bird in Kauai

Free lecture by Dean Morris, Master Herbalist on the subject of “Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season.”

“Master Herbalist, Dean Morris, will teach us how to kick off cold and flu season with strong immune systems! Join him for this informative talk on September 18 from 6:00-7:30PM in the Honolulu Community Room (Room 302). This event is free and open to the public.” – source: Down To Earth

For info, call (808) 947-3249

RSVP due to limited seating

Where:

Down to Earth Honolulu Community Room

2525 South King Street (above store, suite 302)

Honolulu, HI

DEANM-DOWN_TO_EARTH-FLYER

 

Organic Farms in Hawaii

Grass fed beef grazing on a Kauai farm

Luckily Hawaii has a good amount of Organic Farms with most being on the Big Island. However, most Hawaii farms are not Organic and as a matter of fact much prime agricultural land is used for testing and growing of GMO crops (genetically modified organisms) also know as GE (genetically engineered). To stay clear of those toxic farms you can:

Use the OrganicHawaii.org main menu located at the top of every page to find a Hawaii Organic Farm near you.

Organic Farmers Markets in Hawaii

Organic Farming in Hawaii and worldwide is picking up steam as more and more farmers switch to organic growing. Organic produce availability varies from one Farmers Market to another because not all farmers have switched to organic farming yet.

As a result, some Farmers Markets may have organic produce all the time, while others may have it sometimes. We recommend that you contact them directly to be clear if what you’re looking for is available. If you know that a listed Farmers Market never has organic produce please contact us and we will remove it from the list.

You can always use the OrganicHawaii.org main menu at the top of every page to find a Hawaii Farmers Market near you!

Mahalo!

Where to get Organic Food in Hawaii?

Hawaii Organic Green

It is becoming increasingly important to seek out healthy organic food due to the fact that toxic food is almost everywhere we turn. Regular non-organic food is grown using synthetic chemicals that are harmful not only to the bugs, the soil, and the ecosystem, but also our personal health.

Luckily there are more than a few spots in Hawaii where organic food and drinks can be found!

Use the OrganicHawaii Main Menu bar conveniently located at the top of this and every OrganicHawaii.org page to navigate through:

  • Restaurants and Cafes that cater to health-conscious and eco-conscious customers in Honolulu and Hawaii.
  • Grocery Stores that carry organic groceries and organic produce in Hawaii.
  • Organic Farms that you may wish to visit for a tasting, tour, and perhaps take some fresh local organic produce back with you.
  • Farmers Markets where farmers from different farms get together in one location on a specific date and time to showcase their creations.

If you know of a new organic place in Hawaii or if something has changed with the current listings – let us know!

Bon Appétit ~ and Aloha!

200,000 years of Organic!

Most people don’t realize that humanity used to eat only organic food and use only 100% organic products for at least 200,000 years! Anatomically modern humans homo sapiens sapiens (that’s us) have been in existence for around 200,000 years and for most of this time, until recently, toxic and synthetic (non-organic) farming practices did not exist.

There was no need to label food “organic” because all food and other consumer products were organic, since synthetic production was not in existence. Today most food is no longer organic, as a result of synthetic and toxic farming practices in the name of profit and monopolization of the food supply. However, destroying the whole planet, the health of the people, and other forms of life is simply unacceptable.

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