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

Passion Flower

“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.”

Burger and Fries

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

Maui Ag Bumper Sticker

Maui’s Farming Ban

A few months ago the people of Maui County were given the opportunity to present testimony before the county council on a proposed ban on farming.  Here’s what I had to say: Thank you for hearing testimony today.  My name is Rhonda Stoltzfus, and I’m here as a mom and agriculture enthusiast.  I have a bachelors degree in Horticulture from Iowa State University – specializing … Continue reading Maui’s Farming Ban