To strengthen our economy for the Kingdom in 2009 and beyond.

Probably these are some of the industries we should be creating in Hawai'i for economic stability besides agriculture? What's your mana'o?


Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:29:50 -0800
Subject: Fw: Some American's don't have a clue...

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--- On Thu, 1/29/09, From: Roger Casper
Subject: Some American's don't have a clue...


John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6am.
While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA) After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with GAS (from Saudi Arabia) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), John decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA
Y'all gotta Keep this one circulating, please!

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Ahh.93% is probably a higher percentage of items in my hale is made outside of the U.S. What is U.S. good for? Capitalist..Take all you can and make their riches at the expense of others. Very consistent yet the po'e don't trust the government - lies and many more lies.
The Greatest Product that the Hawaiian Kingdom has and that the world needs is ALOHA AINA. . Every thing that surrounds the cultural spirit of ALOHA AINA. Now is the time for Hawaiians to go home to the Kingdom. Go home to the Kingadom and begin the revival of ALOHA AINA being every part of our live styles in all repects. Stop the Fornication of Hawaii. Long Live The Hawaiian Kingdom.
Collecting taxes and so forth is common. However, if we examine what we have in Hawaii, I see reusable energy. Our po'e was far more advanced in how the system was set up back then. If we take a look what they used then to sustain our lifestyle, I wouldn't be surprised if someone notices something that econmically viable today. Other comments I heard is gambling. Yes, it has its pro and cons, however it has been considred a viable economic source for income. Thes monies can help fund our schools, pay for roads and create new jobs or employment training. Opportunities are endless yet not one thing will stablize our economy.

We need po'e that is versed on all areas - business, law, education, economic, etc. What do we need is to have ideas that realistic and achievable. I recall Tonga exports their products, however they do import too. Just some ideas to think about.
Aloha Pomaikaiokalani,
I agree with you 110% about all Hawaiians going home, but like i pointed out in the ceded lands blog. Alot if not just about all Hawaiians in the mainland would do anything to come home, but it is just about impossible, for we cannot afford a place to live in our own Aina. I wish someone would let me come work, clean, do maintenance anything just for a place to stay for a few months or so, Just so i can set my feet in the sand that i havent felt in over 15 years. I feel from deep within my soul im being called home, called home for a reason, and that reason is to stand tall with alll my pride along side of my people to protest the ceded land issues and all the other legitamite issues at hand that weighs heavily on our people. But know in your heart that we feel the pain you endure everyday, we havent forgotten the Aina we so much miss and want to help heal. but for the meantime we will have to wait to come home until something changes allowing us to come home. trust me i personally hate being here in the mainland i cannot stand it, i fell like it is a punishment for me to be here. but my time will come when my calling cannot be ignored any longer, even if i have to get me a tent to stay in, I WILL COME HOME to my beloved HAWAIIAN KINGDOM. This is just my feelings, and they are growing stronger everyday i endure my punishment in the mainland.
Michael Alika Simon Jr.
America is the country of middle men. Hate to see what it looks like when people cut out the.... oh nevermind.
I have a video on my page entitled The Native Hawaiian Cultural Trademark which provides information of examples of trades. Also U.S. Forest Service did some research on ohia vs koa...I can't seem to upload it on here ...having problems.
I don't think people realize that we have Kanaka maoli in all the firlds already but working for someone and a few have their own business. This is never highlighted but they are there; so that's not a problem. What we do need is more of our Hawaiians with legitimate entrepreneurial skills to make a headway in industries that we can export. This would greatly help our Kingdom's economy to strengthen. It's better to receive than give. LOL... (as far as economics are concerned).

High tech is another open field to venture into in strengthening our economy. Part of it is being self-sufficient. Agriculture is another part to build up in self-sustaining ourselves. there are many options to look at and see where we can "capitalize" on.

I had this discussion last year with family members of exporting food products to Samoa and Tonga. Exporting is a great idea to strengthen Kingdom's economy!
Several years ago I saw this man, William A. McDonough, speak at a Bioneers Conference in San Francisco (now these conferences are held in San Rafael). What's really interesting is that he's taken a really deep look at the sustainability issues of how products are made, and how seemingly separate manufacturing processes can inter-relate with each other, each product being made from the wastes of the previous product -- almost like applying ahupua'a principles to manufacturing and business parks!

So I can't help thinking that it would be very interesting and helpful indeed for someone, like the Pasifika Foundation Hawai'i people, to raise some funds to get this guy over to Hawai'i to put his sustainable business/product development mind together with those who are familiar with traditional ahupua'a systems and what is suitable for Hawai'i, and see if there are ways to come up with inter-related product production and business models that would provide some of the goods that people like and need these days (like shoes or dog food or whatever) in a completely sustainable and ecological way that would bring economic health and wealth to the Kingdom.

There's a Cradle to Cradle forum for people to exchange ideas: - that might be a way to start connecting with people who are working on these things as well.

Here's a blurb about one of his books, from his website,

By William McDonough & Michael Braungart
North Point Press, 2002

William McDonough's new book, written with his colleague, the German chemist Michael Braungart, is a manifesto calling for the transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design. Through historical sketches on the roots of the industrial revolution; commentary on science, nature and society; descriptions of key design principles; and compelling examples of innovative products and business strategies already reshaping the marketplace, McDonough and Braungart make the case that an industrial system that "takes, makes and wastes" can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value.

In addition to describing the hopeful, nature-inspired design principles that are making industry both prosperous and sustainable, the book itself is a physical symbol of the changes to come. It is printed on a synthetic 'paper,' made from plastic resins and inorganic fillers, designed to look and feel like top quality paper while also being waterproof and rugged. And the book can be easily recycled in localities with systems to collect polypropylene, like that in yogurt containers. This 'treeless' book points the way toward the day when synthetic books, like many other products, can be used, recycled, and used again without losing any material quality—in cradle-to-cradle cycles.>>
Copied from the MBDC website (link in previous post). Of course this represents a "rediscovery" or reuse of principles known and used throughout history, and particularly by indigenous people -- however, it does represent a transformational plan for re-doing industry and the making of things:

Cradle to Cradle Design is a new strategy for business growth and prosperity that generates ecological, social, and economic value. It represents a fundamental conceptual shift away from the flawed system design of the Industrial Revolution, not just a damage management strategy.


In response to widespread environmental degradation, many industries have adopted a strategy known as "eco-efficiency"-minimizing waste, pollution, and natural resource depletion. But eco-efficiency is not a strategy for long-term success. It seeks to make the current, destructive system sustainable.

Waste Equals Food

Minimizing toxic pollution and the waste of natural resources are not strategies for real change. Designing industrial processes so they do not generate toxic pollution and "waste" in the first place is true change. Long-term prosperity depends not on the efficiency of a fundamentally destructive system, but on the effectiveness of processes designed to be healthy and renewable in the first place.

Cradle to Cradle Design's strategy of eco-effectiveness is rooted in the systems of the natural world, which are not efficient at all, but effective. Consider the cherry tree. Each spring it makes thousands of blossoms, which then fall in piles to the ground-not very efficient. But the fallen blossoms become food for other living things. The tree's abundance of blossoms is both safe and useful, contributing to the health of a thriving, interdependent system. And the tree spreads multiple positive effects-making oxygen, transpiring water, creating habitat, and more. And it is beautiful!

Eco-effectiveness seeks to design industrial systems that emulate the healthy abundance of nature. The central design principle of eco-effectiveness is waste equals food.

When waste equals food, the "be less bad" imperatives of efficiency fade. When a product returns to industry at the end of its useful life and its materials are used to make equally valuable new products, the minerals or plastics of which it is made do not need to be minimized-because they will not become waste in a landfill. Industry saves billions of dollars annually by recovering valuable materials from used products. Similarly, products designed to be made of natural, safely biodegradable materials can be returned to the soil to feed ecosystems instead of depleting them.

Transforming the Making of Things

This fundamental conceptual shift leads to design strategies that some might find surprising. For example, instead of minimizing the consumption of energy generated from coal, oil, and nuclear plants, why not maximize energy availability using solar and wind sources? Instead of using only natural, biodegradable fibers like cotton for textile production (a pesticide-intensive agricultural process), why not use non-toxic synthetic fibers designed for perpetual recycling into new textile products? Instead of directing intelligence towards regulation compliance and liability reduction, why not design industrial processes and products so safe they do not need regulation, and direct creativity towards maximizing economic, social, and ecological benefits?

Eco-effectiveness has profound implications for industries everywhere. Rather than lamenting a world of hazardous waste, scarce resources, and limited opportunities, it celebrates an abundance of continuously valuable industrial and natural materials, of rich and diverse living systems, of economic and environmental wealth.

The eco-effective future of industry is a "world of abundance" that celebrates the use and "consumption" (by people, nature, and intelligent industrial systems) of products and materials that are, in effect, nutritious-as safe, effective, and delightful as a cherry tree.>>
How we can create independence is a very good question because of the changes we will probably see and experience, all of us, in the coming years. We are literally at a turning point, a paradigm change or phase shift. Gandhi said all civilization requires independence, or the ability to produce basic items locally, and secondly self rule or home rule. Lastly it requires truth telling and action. Without independence, we are forced to ask favors of a military occupier which has never conducted its affairs on an equal footing. Without self rule we cannot make consensual decisions for the good of the people. Without truth we are debased. Without action we are weak.
The paradigm shift that we have entered in Peak Oil is probably the most powerful change that has ever occurred in any society in history, because of the unprecedented scale of global population, its complexity, tempo, form of finance (debt induced under perpetual war economy), and its major dependence on petroleum. None of these "established" trends is sustainable for much longer. The US seems bent on crashing the whole biosphere and has contaminated our beautiful archipelago possibly beyond total repair. One takeaway from unsustainability it is that if we want to design an independent future, we need to abandon hope of keeping the old system going with tweaks, innovations, or faith in what has "worked" in the last century or two of increasing industrialization. We will begin to deindustrialize involuntarily.. The colonial way was in fact a road to ruin, dependency, and our debasement as human beings, for everyone involved.
My manao is start from the ground up, growing our own food, and looking to our water. The last basic essential is our relationships with each other, aloha kekahi i kekahi, and our aloha aina. I know we can do that part out of our truth action..
With full bellies, we will have the strength to do all the rest. It may not seem like much to grow our own food, but the art and science of it have been lost and forgotten. Resolve to get our hands dirty and to sweat.
How we trade with other nations will undergo the changes forecast for post Peak Oil. As of now the world is pumping as much oil as it ever has. The peak was reached in 2005 for petroleum with some other liquids added from biofuels until now, but basically from here on out the amount of oil-produced activity will decline steadily. Because Hawaii is remote from the continents it has depended on air travel and ocean transport for nearly everything. This is a major weakness compared to our still strong truth action and ability to self rule.. While oil has been inexpensive the system has " worked", fine for some and not so hot for many of the dispossessed, dislocated, and disowned. When the system disrupts for any reason, all are forced to begin to examine our dependency.
Trade in the age of wind powered ships existed. Hawaii was exploited for raw materials, land, and military bases because a dependency was created where none previously existed. So trade per se will not vanish after Peak Oil, and it can be good or bad depending on what we give up or what is taken. The very best bargaining position is to be able to take it or leave it. I doubt the US has much of a bargaining position left because its credit is eroding so fast. It only has its controlled media propaganda and out of control military propping up a failed imperial plan. The New American Century is already toast.
I merely caution folks as we begin the refitting of of our lives with independence that it will require surrender of beliefs that came with American exceptionalism, religious certitudes, and mythic dramas. So little of that has been real. We are not working for an economic recovery; we have poured good money after bad and now Peak Oil is halting growth as a way out of debt. The US, mahalo Akua, is finally busted and dead in the water. We must act now to secure self rule and begin reducing dependence. We are redefining what we need and want, and the new forms may wind up being archaic and quite is complex and yet intuitively simple what needs to be done. Onipa'a.
En sorry for dis loloa olelo, I neva had time fo da shoat one.
Aloha kakou,
I just picked up a really great book, "Fresh Food from Small Spaces - The Square Inch Gardener's Guide to Year Round Growing, Fermenting and Sprouting" by R.J. Ruppenthal. It's good for people in urban areas (even though so much of Hawai'i is not) and also gives info on sprouting and fermenting, which can really add to nutrition. Great book. I plan to implement a lot of it around my house, since I cannot find a job and clients are scarce...


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