February 22, 2013 - Carla Tracy
Anyone who cares about Hawaii and what we do here to be sustainable will want to see the film, Na Kupu Mana‘olana: “Seeds of Hope.” It will screen at 3 p.m. Sunday in McCoy Studio Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 per person. Besides the movie, people in the audience will be treated to a question and answer session following the screening with writer and director Danny Miller; Kevin Chang of Hawai‘i Rural Development Council; Gerry Ross, farmer-owner of Kupa‘a Farms in Kula; and Sumner Erdman, president of Ulupalakua Ranch. “The Maui screening is presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center and supported by County of Maui Office of Economic Development,” says the MACC’s Director of Marketing Karee Carlucci. “This 86-minute documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker, Danny Miller, tells the story of Hawai‘i’s return to local and traditional methods of growing food within the context of our state’s growing food insecurity,” states the press release. According to content from the film, “for over 1,000 years the Hawaiian people produced enough food to support an estimated population of one million. Today, 85 percent of our food is imported. If current trends continue, Hawai‘i’s last agricultural lands will be gone by 2040.” “ ‘Seeds of Hope’ offers an in-depth look at the history and future of Hawai‘i’s agriculture. It shows how the archipelago’s unique physical isolation coupled with the rising cost of shipping food across long distances have created powerful incentives for communities to return to the land-based ethic of malama ‘aina and sustainable agriculture. “The production team traveled to all the major islands to speak with the innovative farmers and educators that are finding solutions to Hawai‘i’s food dependency. After three years of filming and editing, ‘Seds of Hope’ was completed in September of 2012 and includes interviews with over 50 farmers, ranchers, scientist and educators who provide a wealth of information about the state’s rich agricultural history and an inspiring vision for our future.” Bring your appetites, as Whole Foods Market of Kahului will serve healthful menu items starting at 1 p.m. prior to the screning in the McCoy Courtyard. Savor vegan spicy pumpkin soup, chicken Caesar salad, chicken stir-fry with rice bowl; and Asian sesame bowl. Prices range from $6 to $8. In addition, you may enjoy Tammi’s homemade banana bread for $3. For tickets, call 242-7469 or visit Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Website.