From the moment of its discovery, Hawaii has been recognized as a beautiful, magical place floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The original Polynesian outrigger canoe voyagers who settled here in this fertile island paradise founded a peaceful and agrarian society based on a sustainable system of agriculture. The importance of a connection with the aina (Hawaiian for “land”) and to the growing of taro is so highlighted in the native language. An interesting fact: the word for family in Hawaiian (ohana) is actually a reference to the off-shoot which propagates out from the taro plant.
Honolulu filmmakers Al Cloutier and Kamuela Vance are producing a documentary film on Hawaiian based farmers, artisans, urban gardeners, home cooks, chefs, who exemplify and embody the sustainable agriculture ethic of caring for the land and protecting biodiversity for today's communities and future generations. The documentary will identify those who promote and advocate the protection of fruits, vegetables, grains, animal breeds, traditional foods and culture at risk of disappearance. The film will interview the farmers and artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and serve wholesome food, as well as the advocates, organizations, and families who feel their culture endangered. It will examine the personal and economic forces driving local them as well as the challenges they face.
Filmmakers Al Cloutier and Kamuela Vance have long been inspired by the celebration of natural food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture, and community. They have been impressed by many of the farmers, artisans, chefs, and consumers around the world who are contributing to the Slow Food movement. Their vision is to create a documentary that could capture the essence and spirit of sustainable food production. As long time residents of Hawaii, deeply respectful of native Hawaiian culture and traditional values, they borrow heavily from these to help steer the film in historical context, pointing a return to a more balanced life in harmony with the aina (land). A return to a natural balance with the Earth, coupled with innovative green technologies that can champion the change vital to our collective prosperity and self sustainability.
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Aloha e Kamuela,
I just wanted to say that I think all the work that you do to document the situations we as an occupied people face. I think the work that you do is really important and crucial getting the word out through out the islands and the world to the situations going on throughout the islands. Maika'i!!
mahalo nui loa!!