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How to Grow Sweet Corn on Maui and End Up in Jail

If you live in Maui County, and you woke up this morning wanting to plant a field of sweet corn, you would likely want to grow a Bt variety that would decrease your insecticide use by around 85% and allow you to use less fuel in your tractor.  You might also want to think twice. As of November 5, 2014, that Bt sweet corn is now illegal … Continue reading How to Grow Sweet Corn on Maui and End Up in Jail

Kabocha and Aloha

Lately, I have a hard time giving my business to establishments that hang a “Vote Yes” sign in their window.  On every other issue, I don’t care at all if we disagree, I’ll still support your business.  But on the Maui County Initiative, I just can’t make it through the door of a ‘yes’ business.  They are advocating for the loss of my husband’s job, … Continue reading Kabocha and Aloha

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An Open Letter to our Friends on Maui

Dear Maui Friends, You know us.  You’ve sat in our back yard while Dave cooks a pizza or three for you.  You’ve sat next to us in church, or in a class, or at the coffee shop.  You know our character and our hearts.  What I’m coming to realize, is that some of you may not know what Dave does for a living.  Dave works … Continue reading An Open Letter to our Friends on Maui

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“There’s No Such Thing as a Temporary Shut Down.”

$85 Million dollars – gone.   950 jobs – impacted. “Why do we need to shut down an industry to study it, when you can just go STUDY IT?”  Dr. Paul Brewbaker posed this question today to the Maui County Chamber of Commerce.  Dr. Brewbaker is the Principal of TZ Economics and former Chief Economist for Bank of Hawaii.  He gave a presentation about the impact that … Continue reading “There’s No Such Thing as a Temporary Shut Down.”

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Thinking Critically about Maui’s GMO Initiative

In our home, we value critical thinking and a knowledge of current events, two subjects that go hand in hand.  We have 3 children (10,13, & 15) who are encouraged to read the paper each morning and ask questions.  Admittedly, they read the comics first, but eventually they get to the headlines and opinion pieces as well.  Over breakfast we sit and discuss what they … Continue reading Thinking Critically about Maui’s GMO Initiative