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Aloha Aina PROJECT

A Hawaiian Kingdom Commission

Aloha Aina Project

Aloha Aina PROJECT
A Hawaiian Kingdom Commission

About Aloha Aina Project
The Hawaiian term, “Aloha Aina” literally means, love of the land. In its deeper sense,
Aloha Aina means love of the people, family (past, present and future), the community,
nature, the environment, and all that physically and spiritually comprise Hawaii.
Hawaiian traditional values reflect Aloha Aina, incorporating the ancient Hawaiian
practice of utilizing the talents and skills of everyone in the community, all working
responsibly together in harmony, with a commitment for the present and a heart for
future generations.
We believe that the time-honored traditional approach of shared vision, shared
responsibility and industriousness also holds the key to a vibrant, modern society. It is
upon this love for Hawaii and its people that Aloha Aina Project is built.
Organizational Status
Aloha Aina Project, is a special commission established and appointed by, and under the
direction of, Ali’i Nui Mo’i Edmund Keli’i Silva, Jr. to be a catalyst in developing and
implementing urgently needed sustainable practices and programs for the Hawaiian Kingdom.
The mission of Aloha Aina Project is to help build the people of Hawaii into a vibrant, healthy
and prosperous society, by using a comprehensive approach to raise and improve the overall
quality of life in the Hawaiian Islands.
Impending Crisis
Despite outward appearances, Hawaii is at risk of experiencing a devastating societal collapse
due to serious flaws inherent in the systems, structures, programs and policies that currently
prevail in Hawaii.
Aloha Aina believes the solution to the problem of dependency is — self-reliance.
Aloha Aina believes the best way for Hawaii to mitigate the harm that would follow from being
cut off from the lifeline of imported goods, is to stop being so dependent on imported goods; to
become essentially self-reliant.
Aloha Aina believes that Hawaii’s health problems must be addressed and resolved, and that a
large part of that solution is through a healthy diet and healthy lifestyles.
Aloha Aina believes that Hawaii’s housing and high cost-of-living crisis is a reflection of a
dysfunctional economic system that must be resolved.
Aloha Aina believes the best way to provide Hawaii’s people with a bright and meaningful
future is for Hawaii to become inherently self-reliant. Not only would this put us out of danger,
but the process of achieving self-reliance would serve to build a much stronger, more
productive and caring community.
Primary Objectives
The primary objectives of Aloha Aina Project are: to extricate Hawaii from its current vulnerable
state of abject economic slavery (dependence on imported food, fuel, commodities, etc.); and to
transform Hawaii into a self-reliant, thriving, productive, prosperous, safe and vibrant island

The Aloha Aina Project proposes to achieve this by being a catalyst to initiate pro-active
measures to meet Hawaii’s most crucial needs in the following two ways:
1) To carefully identify, evaluate and select those existing programs that are contributing to
the improvement of the health and well-being of Hawaii’s people, and to channel
financial and human resources to infuse said programs with sufficient means to ensure
their effectiveness and success; and
2) To bring together and mobilize ideas, practices, programs and people to eliminate (or at
least, greatly reduce) those systemic problems that are the root causes of the impending
crisis, and to establish sound policies and practices that will ensure sustainability and
continued effectiveness for the long-term.
Aloha Aina will act as a catalyzing partner to assist the various agencies and organizations to
formulate an integrated, comprehensive strategy to facilitate, coordinate and mobilize a
concerted effort to turn Hawaii from its present high-risk track into a productive, invigorated,
stable and sustainable society.
The key to success for Aloha Aina Project will be its willingness to work together with others
for the betterment of all the people of Hawaii. This will be done by carefully listening to the
people, carefully assessing the problems, carefully formulating proposals to address the
problems, and respecting the work and knowledge of those who are already “in the field.”
Voluminous studies and profuse discussions involving government agencies, scholars and
experts, business round-tables, private think-tanks, in-the-field individuals, and hands-on
practitioners, have already identified the seriousness of Hawaii’s vulnerabilities. Many
worthwhile programs to solve these problems have been proposed and many initiated. But
because of chronic under-funding, disjointed bureaucracy, misplaced priorities, lack of urgency
and lack of cohesive, long-range vision, practical implementation of these crucial programs
have been marginalized and otherwise seriously hampered.
For example, in the area of alternative energy, Hawaii has reached and passed the
proverbial “tipping point” to replace oil-generated electricity with alternative, renewable
sources such as solar energy. The technology is here; the private sector and utility
companies have mounted excellent marketing campaigns to sway public support and
encourage individual homeowners to convert to solar energy. The cost of generating
electricity from photo-voltaic (solar) cells is practically free, but the high hurdle is the steep
initial cost of the photo-voltaic panels. Aloha Aina will help to institute government-
provided incentives, industry rebates, low interest loans from banks, direct grants from the
private sector and foundations, etc. to offset the initial cost of conversion.
(See Project Departments in this narrative for more details)
For all the impact that Aloha Aina Project intends to exert, whenever possible, it will operate
with a low profile, in the background, to quietly and effectively support and empower those
people, organizations, co-ops, companies, who are really doing the hands-on work.

The Commission
The seven commissioners of Aloha Aina Project will be appointed by Ali’i Nui Mo’i
Edmund Keli’i Silva, Jr. and will meet regularly to set the direction, policies and objectives
and to insure the project is on track with its mission.
Executive Director
The job of the Executive Director of Aloha Aina Project is to carry out the objectives and
policies set forth by the Commissioners.
Chief Financial Officer
Aloha Aina will appoint a Chief Financial Officer responsible for overseeing its financial
activities and practices. The CFO’s responsibility would be to develop proper management
and accounting systems for the various accounts of the project, including the main
operations and the individual departments.
Department Chiefs
Aloha Aina will appoint seven Department Chiefs, each one eminently qualified to head his
or her department. Their duties will be to define their departments’ key projects, identify
the factors involved (budget, timetables, personnel, etc.), set the priorities, create the
networks (consultants, implementers, etc.) and direct their projects to accomplish the
objectives set forth by the Commission and executed by the Executive Director.
The Department Chiefs will be capable and experienced experts in the area relating to their
departments. They will have strong management skills and the ability to set the course of
action to meet goals and milestones. They will come under the supervision and guidance of
the Executive Director of Aloha Aina.
There will also be frequent inter-action among the department chiefs and other leadership
staff including regularly scheduled meetings, retreats and brainstorming sessions to keep
each other appraised of progress in their respective areas, to cross-pollinate and incubate
ideas, and to maintain focus and continuity of the overall objectives of Aloha Aina.
The scope of activity of Aloha Aina is expansive. To achieve its objectives will require
seeking input, advice and guidance from experts in the sub-fields of the designated project
categories — from academics to research and development to hands-on-the-ground
practitioners to public policy makers. Special attention will be given to education and
development of public awareness and support.
The Headquarters of Aloha Aina will be located in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. The
3,000 square feet of space will house the offices of the Executive Director, the Assistant
Executive Director, the Chief Financial Officer, the seven Department Chiefs, the
Commissioners, support staff and conference and planning/operations rooms.
Headquarters will also be outfitted with the necessary computer and communications
equipment, furnishings and two mini-van or SUV vehicles.
Aloha Aina will operate satellite offices on Hawaii (2), Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai. The
six satellite offices will each house an Office Manager and appropriate staff to serve as a

two-way conduit for field operations. The six satellite offices will each be outfitted with the
necessary office equipment, furnishings and a mini-van or SUV.
As necessary, there will also be field project facilities (office trailers, warehouses, etc.),
operated and funded through the budgets of the individual departments. An example
would be the motor pools of co-op farming equipment located at strategic points across the
islands for co-op farm use.
Aloha Aina will also acquire and maintain a conference center for seminars, workshops,
training, retreats, public meetings and other uses for the project and the community.

Projected Yearly Operations
Guided by the policies and goals set by its Commissioners…
First Year – $400,000,000
During the first half of the First Year, Aloha Aina Project will secure, occupy and bring its
headquarters into full operation. Aloha Aina will retain the various administrative
personnel (Assistant Executive Director, the Chief Financial Officer, the seven Department
Chiefs, and support staff). The seven Department Chiefs will pull together their teams to
assess, identify, prioritize and produce strategies for immediate and long-term action for
their respective departments.
The public relations department will find ways to engage potential partners and network
them together with Aloha Aina. The public relations department will also produce and
implement a protracted campaign to inform and persuade the public to embrace and adopt
the concepts of self-sufficiency, sustainability, community and healthy lifestyles.
By the end of the First Year, Aloha Aina will have begun allocating finances and resources
to implement immediate-priority projects (e.g. activating partnerships to provide homeless
shelters, low-cost housing, import composting systems to begin rejuvenating agricultural
lands, subsidizing food programs, supporting energy programs, and healthcare, etc.). Aloha
Aina will have begun operations of its satellite offices and continue developing plans and
bringing cooperative projects online.
By the end of the First Year, Aloha Aina will have allocated $50 million toward
administrative operations and initiating designated projects of the seven departments.
Second Year – $400,000,000
During its Second Year, Aloha Aina Project will continue developing plans and strategies
and continue networking and funding cooperative projects, both immediate-priority and
long-range. By the end of its Second Year, Aloha Aina will be actively supporting new
projects as well as those started from year one.
Third Year – $400,000,000
During its Third Year, the departments will each realize a significant increase. As
additional projects come online, initial projects and enterprises will begin to become more
self-supportive. Thus, there will be a net expansion of programs and projects in all areas.
During this period, projects will reach their stride and begin to produce positive results.

Fourth Year – $400,000,000
During its Fourth Year, Aloha Aina will see each of the initial projects and programs up
and running and self-sustaining. New projects will continue to be added with the goal of
self-support by the end of the five years. During this year, Aloha Aina’s budget will
gradually scale down as the projects succeed in carrying themselves.
Fifth Year – $400,000,000
At the end of the fifth year, it is expected that the momentum and success of the projects
will carry the transformation forward. That most of the innovative programs, practices and
policies advocated by Aloha Aina will be integral to the workings of a transformed Hawaii.
Project Completion
At the end of five years, the Aloha Aina Project will have distributed or otherwise allocated
the $2 Billion in proceeds from this request, along with supplemental funds from
partnerships and revenues from the projects.
This means Aloha Aina will have also succeeded in accomplishing its mission of putting
Hawaii on track to a self-reliant, prosperous, healthy, self-sustaining community. The
operating mechanisms of the programs assisted by Aloha Aina will be in the hands of the
people, the private sector and government.
Thus, the King will have accomplished his purpose of having the Aloha Aina Project
effectively jump-start Hawaii’s adoption of sustainable programs and practices, to be
carried forward as integral policies of the Hawaiian Kingdom government.
Aloha Aina Project
A Hawaiian Kingdom Commission

Note: This narrative was originally written in 2006. Conditions have greatly
worsened since then. The recent global fuel crisis and current economic meltdown
are serving to underscore the urgency to implement immediate measures to save
Hawaii from collapse and chaos.
The concept for Aloha Aina Project germinated in 1993, but the impetus to create the
commission was demanded by the shocking events of September 11, 2001 when the World
Trade Center and The Pentagon were attacked. It was then that Hawaii was rudely
confronted by the prospects of its acute vulnerability.
The Aloha Aina Project was formed in the months following September 11 as it became
evident that Hawaii was not prepared for this particular kind of emergency, and that the
people of Hawaii were in grave danger from many different fronts as well.
The Problem
For many years now, concern has been growing in the private and public sectors regarding
Hawaii’s dangerous dependency on importing practically all its goods and commodities.
Hawaii imports about 90 percent of its fuel to generate electricity; 100 percent of fuel for
automobiles, trucks, ships, airplanes and other means of transportation; 90 percent of
construction materials; and so forth.
This dependency places Hawaii in an extremely vulnerable position across the board and on
all levels. Even a relatively small adverse shift elsewhere in the world could precipitate a
major crisis for the people of Hawaii.
But the most threatening reality is the fact that over 90 percent of the food consumed in
Hawaii is imported from sources thousands of miles away. This means any interruption or
severance of the delivery (shipping) system could place the people of Hawaii not only in a
state of hardship, but even in mortal danger. Hawaii’s greatest point of vulnerability is its
food supply. In an emergency Hawaii will not be able to feed itself. There is no food
Myopic Solutions
Although occupation (US) government and businesses have convened numerous studies,
commissions, task forces and the like to address the problem, they continually misconstrue
the root of the problem. They persist in regarding the problem as one of supply and delivery.
Therefore, their solutions are aimed at ensuring that the supply and delivery systems
remain operational. Unfortunately, this myopic approach only guarantees and intensifies
dependency. Furthermore, it does not take into account the many uncontrollable factors that
could disrupt both supply and delivery. Factors such as bad weather in far-off American
farms, rising international oil prices, global economics and so forth, would have a
devastating affect on remote Hawaii; literally at the end of the food-chain.
Thus far, the conventional approach has been: to build up the economy to continue to afford
purchasing the imported goods and services. Hawaii’s current leaders have apparently
determined that the problem is not the dangerous dependence on imports itself, but a
chronic need for more money to continue importing. Therefore, the primary
recommendation made by their studies is to boost the cash flow, so that more dollars are
available to import more food and
goods. Conventional thinking is: 1) as long as there is enough money, there is nothing to
worry about; and 2) the U.S. has the capacity to rescue us if such a crisis arises.
The Domino Effect
This myopic conventional approach ignores two very important factors: 1) What if the
supply dries up? And 2) what if the delivery system is cut off? The current system is
completely susceptible to the domino effect, which can be triggered in several ways.
Here’s one scenario… Tourism is Hawaii’s number one industry. It generates the lion’s
share of the dollars in Hawaii’s economy. Suppose the price of oil were to sharply rise.
Airlines would be forced to increase airfares to accommodate the cost of fuel for their
airplanes and the increased cost of airport operations (heating, cooling, ground services, and
personnel). With higher airfares, passenger counts would drop, particularly on long trans
oceanic vacation flights. Higher fuel costs (from increased cost of oil-generated electricity)
would trigger higher hotel operations cost, pushing room-rates higher, further deterring
travel to Hawaii.
Visitor arrivals would plummet sending the over-extended tourist industry into a
downward spiral, forcing layoffs and business closures, putting hotel, tour operators, and
other industry support workers out of jobs, sending them into financial crisis, resulting in
defaults, foreclosures and bankruptcies. (Despite the relatively good employment rate in
Hawaii, the even higher cost of housing and cost of living already have nearly everyone in
Hawaii living precariously from paycheck to paycheck.)
The high cost of oil that would trigger the drop in tourism would also cause a spike in cost
of electricity, gasoline, food (shipping) and everything else, adding another burden to laid-
off hotel and tourism-related workers. But not only hotel workers would be affected. All the
businesses that supply the hotels with goods and services would also be cut back, forcing
layoffs, foreclosures, etc… Tax revenues would fall, forcing cuts in government spending,
triggering more layoffs…foreclosures… Construction would grind to a halt causing more
unemployment, etc… Virtually everyone in Hawaii would be affected and Hawaii’s people
already living on the edge, would be pushed off the precipice to… price-gauging… food
Hawaii has no safety net. It has no contingency plan for this magnitude of emergency except
to hope that America will mount something similar to the fifties and sixties Berlin Airlift.
But Hawaii is more than 2,000 miles away from the West Coast of America, making it
impossible to sustain with airlifts for any length of time…

Here’s another scenario. This one already occurred following 9/11.
Hawaii’s extreme vulnerability was underscored by the shocking attacks on the World
Trade Center, September 11, 2001. Airlines were grounded and shipments by sea to Hawaii
from the U.S. West Coast stopped abruptly, raising the specter of food shortages along with
shortages in fuel, energy and other necessities. Tourism plummeted from 80+ percent room-
occupancy to under 20 percent, causing acute layoffs and anxiety about shortages. Hawaii
teetered on the brink of catastrophe. Had the crisis lasted another week or so, conditions
would have become desperate.
Fortunately, Hawaii was able to “dodge the bullet” that time and as things settled down,
was able to receive food shipments and the immediate crisis was averted. But it still took
Hawaii’s visitor industry fully 3 years to recover.

The problems are inherent to the same degree in all other areas critical to life in these
islands. Energy, transportation fuel, clothing, building materials — virtually everything —
is imported.
Emergence of Aloha Aina Project
It was during that crisis in 2001 that groups now affiliated with Aloha Aina, proposed an
emergency food production program that would begin to restore food security in Hawaii.
The idea, though not entirely new, gained traction particularly among those in government
as well as those in the farming community. Aloha Aina seeks to expand that concept into a
coordinated, integrated, comprehensive campaign to transform Hawaii on all critical levels
and areas.
Aloha Aina believes the solution to the problem of dependency is — self-reliance.
Aloha Aina believes the best way to prevent Hawaii from being harmed by being cut off
from the lifeline of imported goods, is to stop being so dependent on imported goods… to
become virtually self-reliant.
The best way to provide Hawaii’s people with a bright and meaningful future is for Hawaii
to become essentially self-reliant. Not only would this put us out of danger, but the process
of achieving self-reliance would serve to build a much stronger, more productive and caring
Aloha Aina Project
A Hawaiian Kingdom Commission

• Agriculture and Food
The Ahupua‘a Project

When Captain James Cook arrived in Hawaii in 1778, he found a group of islands with
a sophisticated agricultural and social system that fed a thriving population of up to a
million people (according to the estimate of some of his crew). In his journal, Cook
himself marveled at the robust health of the people and the bountiful supplies that were
provided to his ships.
The ancient Hawaiian “ahupua’a” system of management of land and other natural
resources produced an organized agrarian system unmatched both in its sophistication
and simplicity. From miles of stone aqueducts to terraced taro fields, to huge estuarial
fishponds, to ocean resource management, Hawaiians produced a yield unmatched in
all of Polynesia.
Beginning with Cook’s arrival, foreign diseases and social upheavals and displacements
decimated the native Hawaiian population, eventually reducing it down to roughly
40,000 at the turn of the 20
Century… four percent of the original population.
Although Hawaii remained an agrarian society, for the next 60 years, the form of
agriculture changed drastically from subsistence (food) farming to vast plantations
raising cash crops (commodities) for export to world markets. Large numbers of Asian
and other farm hands were brought in to work the sugar and pineapple plantations
operated by a handful of powerful families and companies.
As Hawaii transitioned from producing its own food, to the agri-business of
plantations, to the service-dominant tourist trade, the lifestyles and habits of society
shifted from a homegrown, to a consumer, “store-bought,” society. Today the family’s
food is most likely to come from the supermarket, not from their own gardens, or from
a garden in their community, or even a farm in the islands. Highly convenient, plentiful
and cheap, the food comes to the table in a much more circuitous way. Typically,
parents work in service jobs to earn money to purchase food shipped to Hawaii from
farms and processing plants thousands of miles away. It is a marvel of coordination of
logistics involving mega-farms and the shipping industry.
Today, Hawaii’s population is 1.2 million. Less than 13,000 acres is in active food
cultivation. Over 90 percent of the food eaten in Hawaii is imported.
The cheaper imported foods have had two extremely negative effects on Hawaii’s
people, 1) poor nutrition resulting in chronic, debilitating health problems and 2) utter
reliance on imported rather than local farm products, resulting in fewer acreage
dedicated to raising food, resulting in diminished local food-raising capacity, resulting
in more imports…
It is an insidious cycle. Operating on a massive economy of scale, American mega farms
and mega processing, makes it cheaper to import foods — even with the 20 percent
surcharge Hawaii pays for shipping. But the current system sacrifices freshness and
nutritional value and seriously stunts local food production. These two factors lead to
poor health and an agricultural system that is incapable of providing enough food for
Hawaii’s people in either good times or in an emergency.

The high cost of shipping and storage inhibits building up emergency stockpiles. Under
the current system, at any given time, Hawaii has one week’s worth of food in the
markets. Any back-up supplies in warehouses would be depleted in two weeks. Local-
grown foods may sustain people another week or two. After that, panic and
desperation would ensue.
This is a threat that must and can be averted.
If more than two hundred years ago, the native Hawaiians, using only hand tools, were
able to provide food for a population of a million people, it is entirely within Hawaii’s
capability to produce enough of its own food to feed today’s 1.2 million population.
Drawing from expertise from many agencies and individuals, Aloha Aina plans to
spark a revitalization of agriculture in Hawaii by adding significantly more acres into
production, incorporating accelerated reclamation methods and assertive agricultural
programs. Aloha Aina will provide leadership and additional funding to augment
infrastructure, land reclamation, work force, and distribution and delivery systems.

The Plan
This is a basic outline of what this department seeks to achieve. The specific activities
of this department will be determined by the project director, in consultation with the
departments’ advisory board, experts and other resource people.
Ten years from now… Aloha Aina will have provided the initial leadership and
supplemental resources to dynamically reverse Hawaii’s current precipitous level of 90
percent dependency on imported food, to a safe 80 percent self-reliance on domestic
(Hawaii-grown) foods.
Ten years from now… Aloha Aina will have assisted in adding a minimum of 75,000
acres to the current 13,000 acres under cultivation, dedicated for the production of
fruits, vegetables and grains for local consumption. The 75,000 acres would be
reclaimed and re-activated from the 200,000 acres of former sugar and pineapple lands
presently lying fallow. This significant increase in Hawaii’s food production is
achievable, given Hawaii’s fertile lands, two-crop growing season, favorable climate,
excellent agricultural-research capabilities, innovative farming methods and motivated
To support this rejuvenation, Aloha Aina will assist in developing and establishing:
motor pools of heavy farm equipment available to co-op farmers on the six major
islands; accelerated composting systems; upgraded and well-maintained water supply,
irrigation and road systems; additional food processing operations (poi factories, fruit
drying, fish and meat packing, etc.); expanded distribution and delivery systems, and
so forth.
In addition to the farmlands, Aloha Aina will help to bring into production: 1,200 acres
of traditional Hawaiian shoreline fishponds capable of producing over 2,400 tons of fish
per year; open-ocean fish-farming operations with a yield of 2,400 tons of fish per year;
and expansion of present open-ocean fishing and land-based aquaculture operations.
Aloha Aina will actively support ocean management, replenishment and fishing
policies that would ensure healthy yields and avoid depletion of Hawaii’s ocean

Aloha Aina will actively engage in reviving ranching operations to triple the present
livestock production. This would include open range and feedlot operations. Currently,
Hawaii’s beef production entails raising the cattle in Hawaii, shipping them to feedlots
and slaughterhouses on the West Coast, and selling the beef to markets in Japan and
elsewhere. Practically none of the locally raised beef actually reaches Hawaii’s tables.
The tripling of beef production, along with similar increases in dairy, poultry and hogs
for local consumption, will serve to drastically reduce Hawaii’s current dependency on
Traditional Foods
Aloha Aina will pay particular attention to the re-cultivation and expansion of
traditional foods such as taro, sweet potato and breadfruit. These highly nutritious
Hawaiian staples are key to the anticipated resurgence of homegrown foods in Hawaii.
On their traditional diet, Hawaiians were among the healthiest people in the world. But
after the ravages of foreign diseases and the decimation of the native population,
another more insidious disease crept in — cheap, seductively tasty and filling, but low
in real nutrition, processed foods. As native Hawaiians’ eating habits changed from
traditional foods to processed, imported foods, they developed afflictions such as
diabetes, heart disease and the like. Today Hawaiians as a people group have the
highest incidence of these diseases, widely attributed to poor diet.
Studies have proven that when Hawaiians return to eating their traditional foods, their
health dramatically improves; and in many cases, the diseases disappear. Thus, a major
turning point can be reached if 1) people can be persuaded to break away from bad
eating habits and 2) if the traditional foods are in sufficient, affordable supply.
Ten years from now… Aloha Aina will have assisted in adding a minimum of 10,000
acres to the current 500 acres, dedicated for the production of taro. The lands would be
reclaimed from the ancient taro farm sites that are presently unused. Just on the
Windward side of Oahu are suitable lands such as: 1,500 acres in Kawainui, 600 acres in
Waiahoe-Waikane, 300 acres in Kahaluu and so on. Even more lands suitable for taro
cultivation are available on Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii.
In conjunction with the increased acreage, Aloha Aina will have taken steps to assure
that the greatly increased taro supply is translated into significantly reduced cost and,
thus, more widespread consumption.
As overall agricultural production exceeds levels sufficient for local consumption,
surplus food can be exported to markets in other countries, along with commodities
such as macadamia nuts, coffee, fruits, sugar, and tropical plants.

In developing its strategies, Aloha Aina will utilize the expertise, research, information,
recommendations and methods found in the tremendous amount of work achieved
over many years by State and Federal agencies, individual researchers, growers
associations and so forth.

In the area of agriculture, Aloha Aina will consult and, whenever possible, partner with
the University of Hawaii School of Tropical Agriculture, the Hawaii State Department
of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State Department of
Land and Natural Resources, the State Department of Health, the various county boards
of water supply, environmental groups such as Malama Hawaii, the Nature
Conservancy, the State Department of Education, the State Land Use Commission, the
various county councils, the State Legislature, the Taro Growers Association, existing
agricultural associations and co-ops, individual farmers, ranchers, dairymen, land
owners and so forth. Periodic consultations will also be organized with representatives
from the international community.
In the area of fish farming, Aloha Aina will partner with traditional Hawaiian
aquaculture projects, Kamehameha Schools, Partners in Development, the Oceanic
Institute, the NOA Sea Grant Project, Federal and State departments of fisheries,
commercial fishermen, commercial fish farm operations and many others.
In the area of ranching and livestock production, Aloha Aina will likewise consult and
develop strategic plans with the pertinent government departments, organizations,
associations and those with practical, hands-on experience.

• Health and Wellness
The Ola Pono Project

The Need
The people of Hawaii are facing serious healthcare problems. Hawaii is party to the
national health crisis brought on by the increasing incidence of major illnesses and
vulnerability to more virulent strains of diseases.
Hawaii also shares in the national problem of rising health care costs, coupled with
shortages of health care facilities and workers. Hawaii’s hospitals and clinics are
overflowing, and its resources are already being taxed beyond capacity. It is a ticking
time bomb.
Conventional “Western” medicine is struggling to keep up with the increasing demand.
As diseases intensify, the response is also intensifying — stronger drugs, more invasive
treatments such as radical surgery, chemo and radiation therapies. Health care costs
have risen at an alarming rate, making it less accessible to many people. Without health
care insurance, many put off getting treatment until the condition becomes critical, thus
making it more difficult (and costly) to treat.
Besides this escalation, modern medicine’s focus on drug and technology-based
treatments and after-the-fact remedies has limited its ability to address Hawaii’s overall
health problems from a broader perspective.
There are many health problems that can be treated in ways other than drugs or clinical
medical procedures. A more “holistic” approach takes into consideration (besides
physiology) dietary, environmental, social, emotional and even spiritual factors.
Native Hawaiians in particular, and Hawaii’s population in general, are facing serious
health challenges, many of which are fundamentally diet-related — diabetes, heart
diseases and cancers. Sedentary lifestyles are also contributors to these problems.
It has been proven that these afflictions can be significantly alleviated if people returned
to eating their traditional nutrient-rich foods — in Hawaii, that would be taro, sweet
potato, fresh fish, banana, breadfruit, and so forth. The double-blind tests conducted in
the nineties among native Hawaiians showed remarkable rates of recovery when those
afflicted with these diseases changed to eating traditional foods.
Of course not all health issues are diet-related.
There are many diseases, injuries and infirmities that require treatment in general and
specialty hospitals and clinics using the most advanced medical technology available.
These conventional health facilities serve a tremendous purpose in our island
community and in the Pacific. The John Burns School of Medicine, its research pursuits
and those of related private companies, are yielding very promising advances.
In addition, because of Hawaii’s cosmopolitan composition, it is becoming increasingly
evident that, along with conventional clinical medicine, a wide array of un-conventional
but effective treatments could be incorporated — traditional (native cultural and home-
remedies), alternative treatments (pressure points, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage,

etc). A few health centers in Hawaii have already incorporated these traditional and
alternative methods with very positive results.

The Plan
This is a basic outline of what this department seeks to achieve. The specific activities
of this department will be determined by the project director, in consultation with the
advisory committee, experts and other resource people.
The challenges of health and wellness in Hawaii require a concerted effort by both
“conventional” and “un-conventional” disciplines. It requires a strong emphasis on
both prevention and treatment. Even though many needs are being aggressively
addressed by private and community healthcare agencies, there are large areas that are
not being sufficiently engaged by mainstream healthcare providers.
During the next ten years, Aloha Aina plans to take an active role in supporting a
comprehensive and integrated approach by assisting the following: the advancement
and expansion of conventional treatment centers (hospitals, clinics and mobile units);
the promotion of diet, exercise and lifestyle choices and other natural preventive and
remedial methods; and the acceptance and incorporation of proven, effective native
traditional and alternative spheres of healthcare.

Diet and Lifestyle
There is conclusive proof that diet is the major factor in affecting one’s health. Aloha
Aina will mount an extensive healthy-eating campaign that would revolutionize the
eating habits of Hawaii’s people. Along with standard foods, the plan includes placing
substantial emphasis on the profoundly positive benefits of highly nutritious traditional
native foods such as taro, sweet potatoes and so forth.
During the next ten years, Aloha Aina will use its resources to mount an overall
healthy-living campaign to:
1) Vigorously support initiatives to encourage Hawaii’s people to consume
nutritious locally-grown foods and, in particular, to resume eating healthy
traditional island foods. These efforts would include educational programs in
schools and in the community; media promotion and advertising campaign; free
samples at festivals, celebrations, trade shows and other community gatherings;
creating new product lines for micro-businesses and other incentives, etc.
2) Ensure that a plentiful supply of nutritious food is readily available to everyone
at affordable prices. This ties in to the Aloha Aina agricultural plan as outlined in
this proposal, where extraordinary measures will be taken to boost food
production. This Health and Wellness department of Aloha Aina, will work to
popularize healthy eating, creating a corresponding boost in consumption. If
necessary, Aloha Aina will subsidize the growers and/or the consumers to get
the product distributed and established.
3) Educate and enlighten people to alternative healing methods. A great part of
healing is in enlisting the patient to actively participate in his or her own healing.
“By introducing alternatives and educating people about their bodies they

become more confident to take an active role in their own health care. This
allows them to focus on overall wellness, rather than passively accepting
treatment for each health concern. Recognition of choice in one’s own health care
is empowering…that is a first step toward wellness.” — Malama First

Health Centers
Aloha Aina will assist Hawaii in providing an easily accessible, affordable, integrated,
professional health care system to support Hawaii’s announced aspirations of becoming
the healing center of the Pacific. Aloha Aina will assist in providing augmenting
support that will result in:
1) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to expand the network of
clinics from the current 13 regional clinics to 24. Aloha Aina will help to increase
the number of neighborhood family clinics, in both urban and non-urban areas.
2) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to contribute to increasing
the number of top-notch medical centers for treatment of serious, chronic and
long-term illness. These facilities will be healing centers serving and impacting
the entire Pacific community.
3) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina, through a vigorous scholarship program, will
have helped to educate and train dozens of doctors and other healthcare
professionals from among students from Hawaii and the Pacific. Scholarships
will also be available to students training in non-conventional and traditional
healing methods.
4) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have implemented effective prevention and
remedial programs to significantly reduce the incidence of diabetes, heart diseases,
cancer and other debilitating illnesses. These programs would involve
strengthening the body’s natural defense and healing capabilities, thus
successfully resisting disease.
5) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped with supporting cutting edge
medical research. Through the John Burns School of Medicine, its affiliates and
other research institutions, Hawaii’s medical researchers have been making
significant contributions to the world of medicine and are on the verge of
breakthroughs in several areas.
6) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to develop and establish
safety nets to provide for those with insufficient health-care coverage. Included
in that safety net will not only be the problems of the poor; but also those
problems of extended and catastrophic healthcare for the elderly. (Programs in
this area are linked to the department on Housing and Community of this

Alternative Methods
Over the past few decades, it has become evident that many of the traditional native
and folk remedies that had been previously dismissed by the mainstream of Western
medical science, are actually quite valid and beneficial to good health. Ancient healing

disciplines that had been used in Asia for centuries bring a different approach to
healing, with a whole array of “exotic” treatments that have proven very effective.
In recent years, some of these Eastern systems (pressure points, meridians, chakra, chi)
have been accessed through the technology of the West (bio feedback, electro-magnetic
fields, computers) yielding some amazing new developments in non-invasive healing
1) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have contributed considerably to develop
and disseminate hybrid treatments that utilize the best features from different
disciplines. Aloha Aina will work to expand Hawaii’s healthcare system to
include and integrate ancient traditional techniques of the East with modern
technologies of the West.
2) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have placed devices such as the I-Health
bio-energetic therapy devices (proven to be an extremely effective treatment that
triggers the body’s own natural healing systems to fight diseases and ailments),
into use in neighborhood clinics throughout the islands, making it readily
accessible to all. To increase accessibility, Aloha Aina will have also provided
funding for this and other alternative treatments to make them available to
everyone at low cost.
3) Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have added greatly to the utilization of
native healing techniques such as kahuna lapa’au, the use of herbs and other
natural remedies, to treat the ailments of the people. Aloha Aina will have
provided financing and other assistance for schools to train young, prospective
practitioners and to establish farms to raise the high quality medicinal plants
required for this type of treatment.

An island society faces limited resources and limited space. One of the major problems
facing Hawaii is the critical problem of waste treatment and waste disposal.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to ensure that the waste problems
are successfully addressed and that practices are adopted so that such human demands
on Hawaii’s resources and infrastructure can be effectively managed and sustained.

Aloha Aina will develop its health and wellness strategies by paying close attention to
the expertise, research, information, recommendations and methods found in the many
years of discussion and planning by the healthcare industry. Aloha Aina will seek ways
to be a productive partner with the conventional programs, complementing and
augmenting, as well as seeking, inviting and encouraging innovative ideas to improve
the health of the people of Hawaii.

• Housing and Community
The Kaulana Kauhale Project

The Need

Housing. Hawaii is in a severe housing crisis. Years of profit-driven real-estate
developments have boosted the median price of a single-family home in Hawaii to
$650,000 — essentially excluding all but the wealthy from new home-ownership and
triggering an alarming increase in what is commonly called “homelessness.”
The reality is that many of the people classified as homeless do not fit the classic
definition of the “chronic homeless” — unaccompanied individuals, homeless
continually for a year or more, or multiple episodes of homelessness over a two-year
period; disabled by addiction, mental illness, chronic physical illness, or developmental
disability; frequent histories of hospitalization, unstable employment, and incarceration.
Indeed, the “face” of homelessness in Hawaii has changed to include many children,
parents, grandparents…families… decent people who simply can no longer afford the
rents in Hawaii’s inflated real estate market.
“Hundreds of the homeless living on the Wai'anae Coast are school-aged children.
Kamaile Elementary has the largest numbers. Of a student body of 650, officials at the
school estimate that as many as 60 percent of its students are homeless.” (Honolulu
Advertiser 11/1/06) If we were to extrapolate that figure to encompass all the islands,
the number of homeless children would be in the thousands.
The irony is that Hawaii has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S., but the highest
percentage of homeless. Many of the so-called “homeless” are families, with working
adult members who simply cannot afford Hawaii’s exorbitant rents. They are still
holding down jobs, trying to care for their families, but their paychecks cannot stretch
far enough to provide food, clothing and shelter. Rather than “homeless,” the more
accurate term in today’s reality would be “houseless.”
The “houseless” find places to live wherever they can and wherever government
tolerates. The most visible are the ones camping along the beaches such as Nanakuli,
Maile and Waianae on Oahu. There are also those who are hidden in the brush in
remote places all over the islands. Then there are those who have crowded into the
houses and backyards of relatives and friends. And finally there are those living in
terribly sub-standard shacks, carports and sheds with no water, electricity or toilets.
There is no way to accurately count the number of houseless persons. Estimates run
from 5,000 to 16,000. The spike in real estate prices over the last few years has raised the
cost of housing far beyond the reach of a great number of people, pushing them out
onto the beaches and byways. At risk are those who are still hanging on in the rental
market, living paycheck to paycheck. Every month, the pressures of Hawaii’s economy
topple more of them over the edge.
The Hawai'i Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, a ten-year plan unveiled by the governor
of Hawaii nearly two years ago, estimated that Hawaii will need 30,000 affordable
rental units by end of the ten years. The operating term here is “affordable.” As the last

few years have shown, in Hawaii’s real estate market “affordable” is a relative and
basically meaningless term. Very few people in Hawaii can actually “afford” a house.
What they can afford is a tent on the beach.
Aloha Aina advocates that meaningful action be taken to address the immediate
problems of “houselessness” and the long-term provision of low-cost housing.
Family and Community
The current housing conditions can also be attributed to a systemic dependence on
imports. Importation of food, fuel, energy, goods, etc. demands a great amount of
cultural adaptation. The change from a subsistence (self-providing, self-sustaining)
society into a commerce-oriented (having to buy everything with money) society,
affects not just the economics, but the entire lifestyle, dynamics and psyche of the
The persistent housing crisis, the high cost of living, the constant scramble for more
money, have compounded into social pressures causing serious damage to Hawaii’s
families and sense of community.
Although vestiges of familial foundations can still be found, modern society itself has
basically abandoned the social principles that in earlier times, made families and
communities strong and resilient. The immersion into a completely commerce-oriented
society has taken its toll on family life resulting in a deteriorated community with its
litany of ills: broken families, drugs, alcohol, crime, violence, financial defaults,
bankruptcy, evictions, poverty, disease, suicide and so forth.
The beneficial dynamics of neighborhoods have disappeared. Most so-called planned
communities are but strangers living next to each other, disconnected and desperately
struggling to survive.
It would be senseless to talk of solving problems of housing and building communities
without also addressing Hawaii’s underlying social problems.

The Plan
This is a basic outline of what this department seeks to achieve. The specific activities
of this department will be determined by the project director, in consultation with the
advisory committee, experts and other resource people.
To stamp out homelessness in Hawaii within the next ten years, Aloha Aina will
actively participate with various government agencies, private organizations and faith-
based groups that are mobilizing to provide emergency and transitional shelters and
services for the homeless/houseless; and institute low-cost housing solutions.
1) Within its first year, Aloha Aina will assist in supporting key community-based
programs providing emergency shelters and food and aid centers, with particular
emphasis on children and families. Aloha Aina will financially augment
privately initiated programs such as the Institute for Human Services, the Food
Pantry, the Hawaii Food Bank, the Salvation Army and the many faith-based
organizations, to help maximize their effectiveness.
2) Within its first year, Aloha Aina will address the housing crisis by assisting the
Hawaii Coalition of Christian Churches in their newly approved state-funded

transitional and low cost housing projects in Waianae, Oahu. Aloha Aina will help
to fund the building of other innovative, self-contained model developments
such as the Hale Imua project in Kalaua-Kona; the Waimanalo Puuhonua project;
and the Partners in Development pole-house kits.
3) Within its first year, Aloha Aina will push to affect the release of public lands
such as State (of Hawaii) lands, Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Kingdom
Lands, along with private lands, for housing purposes.
4) Within its first year, Aloha Aina will identify and sponsor the development of
efficient, low-cost, self-help construction systems and programs for Hawaii.
5) Within five years, Aloha Aina will assist in providing the necessary
infrastructure for new houses.
6) Within five years, Aloha Aina will have helped Hawaii turn the corner of the
immediate crisis, allowing for its resources to be used to sustain recovery and to
provide remedy for the systemic causes of poverty in Hawaii.
For the long-run
Having immediately addressed the most critical needs, ten years from now, Aloha Aina
will have helped Hawaii overcome the problems of hunger and lack of shelter, and
implemented strategies to restructure communities (whether new or refurbished) to be
conducive to the lifestyle of neighborhoods instead of suburban sprawl.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have shifted the trend of developments to
designed (or re-designed) villages, placing each home within short walking distance to the
common facilities such as stores, schools, recreational, entertainment areas and so forth.
This physical design change will have affected community dynamics by bringing
people closer together, fostering friendships, and caring for one another. The walking-
distance proximity would increase exercise and dramatically decrease automobile usage
(currently 90%) for short personal or family errands and activities. Another benefit of
residents knowing one another, circulating around their neighborhoods, would be a
dramatic increase in responsibility (watching out for one another) with a corresponding
reduction in crime.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have supported educational programs and
activities that strengthen families and community including values-driven character
education in our schools and homes. Aloha Aina will campaign for and support public
policies that work in favor of strengthening families, particularly those that enable
parents to provide their children a safe, stable, loving environment in which to grow.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to fund community-based parent
training and support groups, children’s activities, home-care for pre-school children
(programs like Tutu and Me, and so forth), to have effectively revived the mechanisms,
motivations and incentives to foster stronger families.

• Science and Technology
Hoamana Akeakamai

High on Aloha Aina’s priority list is the elimination of Hawaii’s perilous dependency on oil-
generated energy. This can be accomplished by utilizing renewable energy such as wind, solar,
ocean, geo-thermal, bio-fuels (i.e. ethanol, bio-diesel); all of which are in advanced stages of
development here in Hawaii. These, coupled with highly innovative technology for electro
magnetic field generation would not only effectively fulfill Hawaii’s energy needs, but would
provide systems that can be utilized by nations around the world.
Hawaii is a technologically modern society with cars, cell phones, computers, ATM
machines, air conditioning, television, refrigerators, washing machines, high rises…
the whole gamut of modern conveniences.
Hawaii’s scientists, researchers and inventors are involved in developing world-class,
cutting-edge technology. Every year, the University of Hawaii and other scientific
research institutions and companies are realizing significant breakthroughs in computer
sciences, electronics, software, ocean and earth sciences, alternative fuels, medicine,
dietary sciences, agriculture and so forth.

The Need
Energy. Though technologically advanced, Hawaii is still extremely vulnerable because
of its profound dependency on fossil fuels to produce energy.
The energy that runs all of Hawaii’s technology is — electricity. And nearly all of
Hawaii’s electricity is generated from imported fossil fuels — mostly oil, a little coal
and some natural gas.
Should the fossil-fuel supply stop, electricity would drop to a trickle and Hawaii’s
technologically sophisticated infrastructure would turn in to a dangerous liability.
Electricity would have to be severely rationed, closing down factories, businesses,
hotels and offices that depend on machinery, air conditioning, pumps, elevators, and so
forth. Homes with electrical appliances could no longer function. Soon, what little
electricity still being generated would be reserved for only emergency agencies (water
supply, fire, police, national guard). Without swift relief from the outside, desperation,
panic, lawlessness and anarchy would ensue.
Fuels refined from oil, drive all of Hawaii’s air, sea and ground transportation. Thus,
any interruption to the flow of oil will plunge Hawaii into an immediate transportation
crisis, seriously curtailing delivery of goods and services. If the situation were to be
prolonged for longer than a week, the domino effect will begin to occur, quickly
toppling Hawaii over the edge into disaster.
The stoppage of the oil supply would trigger a stoppage in shipping, causing food
supplies to dwindle down to critical levels in two weeks, making the specter of
starvation an even greater danger than the lack of air conditioning or hot water.
Hawaii is completely unprepared to face a disaster of this magnitude. Hawaii’s only
contingency plan is to rely on emergency relief from the U.S. mainland. Even then, the

cost and effort just to prop up both the food supply and the energy grid could be
maintained only for an inadequately short time.
To avoid total collapse and chaos, people would have to be evacuated from Hawaii to
reduce the population to a level to that which these islands could sustain.
Meeting the Challenge. The good news is that Hawaii has taken this challenge seriously
and over the past few years has become a leader in the quest for alternative energy. In
addition, Hawaii already has a growing reputation as a key player in bio-tech, tropical
agriculture, marine and aqua culture, computer sciences and much more. Hawaii has
the potential for contributing greatly to the many disciplines of the natural and applied
Software. Hawaii-created software including advanced business systems, security and
defense programs, animation programs, scientific research programs and so forth, are
operating in computers around the world.
Bio-Technology. Unfortunately, Hawaii’s bio-tech industry has produced much
potential for harm to global food sources. The Kingdom would ban GMO production
and return to the traditional methods that made Hawaii a world leader in tropical
agriculture. Hawaii would concentrate on developing strains and procedures for
growing healthy food crops, medicinal plants, construction materials, bio-fuels and so
forth. In aqua-culture, Hawaii provides the pristine brood stock for the vast shrimp-
exporting operations of Asian nations. Hawaii is the world’s foremost producer of
deep-ocean-water blue-green algae and hopes to become a leader in developing
environmentally safe, sustainable open-ocean fish farming.

The Plan
This is a basic outline of what this department of Aloha Aina seeks to achieve. The
specific activities of this department will be determined by the project director, in
consultation with the advisory committee, experts and other resource people.
Aloha Aina intends to carry Hawaii’s cutting edge scientific research into practical
applications that will address pressing problems facing society and humanity.
Hawaii’s science and technology industry is in a strategic position to address the
vulnerabilities of oil dependency and the promise of alternative renewable energy
sources. Hawaii researchers are also on the verge of revolutionary breakthroughs in bio-
technology, marine-culture, medicine, astronomy, software development and so forth.
Hawaii is quickly building a reputation as a productive incubator for science and
Renewable Energy
In the first year, Aloha Aina will actively work with the various agencies, industry
associations, private companies, scientists, inventors, researchers and so forth, to
identify and compile a definitive inventory of the various systems, devices, theoretical
and practical, that would move Hawaii toward energy independence. Aloha Aina will
evaluate and prioritize the systems to determine which are the most promising systems
for the immediate and long-term energy needs of Hawaii.

In the first year, Aloha Aina will create and activate a strategic plan to expedite the
shifting of Hawaii to renewable energy sources.
The plan will include strategies to individualize electrical generation at the point of
consumption, whenever possible. This would entail a ten-year program to outfit homes,
businesses, public buildings, with renewable energy devices such as photo voltaic
(solar) cells, Gates Mechanical Motors, etc. that would enable the consumers to generate
their own electrical power. Excess power generated from these tens of thousands of
individual house sites can be sold back as a net gain to the main power grids.
The plan will also include strategies to join efforts with government and the power
industry to shift the generation of electricity for the main power grids, to renewable
energy sources, thus, eliminating Hawaii’s dependency on oil for the purpose of power
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have eliminated the dependency on oil to
generate electricity by: 1) joining with government, the energy industry and other
alternative energy advocacy organizations, to build and activate renewable systems
such as solar arrays, wind turbines, ocean-thermal exchange, geothermal, hydro-
electric, bio fuels, etc. to generate electricity for the power grids, 2) supporting the
installation of tens of thousands of individual renewable energy systems in households
and small businesses to either take them completely off the power grid or greatly
reducing their dependency on the grid.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have also helped to revolutionize energy
generating systems by supporting research and development in innovative technologies
such as those found in the electro-magnetic and anti-matter effects published by
Hawaii-based mathematician, Marko Rodin; magnetic field generators; and mechanical
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina, emulating the Brazil model, will have participated in
converting all standard automobiles, trucks and heavy equipment in Hawaii to using
bio-fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel. Aloha Aina will produce bio fuels from sugar
cane, palm oil, candle-nut oil and other rapid-growth, high-oil-content plants.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to resurrect the manufacture of
solar vehicles in Hawaii and increase the use of hybrid vehicles that run on solar power
or a combination of solar and renewable bio-fuels; particularly for use in short-run
errands around the neighborhood.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to expand Hawaii’s bio-tech
accomplishments to include native foods, open ocean fish farms, genetic research,
medical treatments and other new avenues of bio-science.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have significantly assisted in developing and
implementing bio-tech procedures for the eradication of pests (Mediterranean fruit fly,
apple snails, etc.) and diseases (pocket rot, bungee top rot, papaya ring spot, mosaic
etc.) that attack, damage and decrease Hawaii’s food production. Using science, Aloha
Aina will also seek to eradicate dangerous invasive plant and animal species, and,
conversely, to protect and restore endemic and indigenous species.

Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have significantly assisted in utilizing science
and technology in improving the overall quality of life in Hawaii. Shifting to renewable
energy will save Hawaii over $2 billion dollars a year that is currently being spent on
importing oil. A portion of these savings can be fed back “to the grid” to expand
development of renewable energy.

Aloha Aina will assure that vital technologies developed in Hawaii will be marketed to
all, and particularly shared, at-cost, among the nations of Oceania and other developing

Aloha Aina will work with various State of Hawaii and U.S, agencies, Science and
technology associations such as Hawaii Science & Technology Council, domestic and
foreign tech companies, individual scientists, inventors and developers.

• Economy, Resources
The Kumu Waiwai Project

The Need

Modern Hawaii is a decidedly American society, closely reflecting American ties and
influences on all levels. Hawaii’s economic condition is a product of American
commerce and by and large, functions closely to that model. However, Hawaii being a
geographically remote cluster of islands, assumes some special challenges that have
required adopting special ways of functioning to make the economy work. Hawaii’s
economy is extremely vulnerable because of two over-arching factors: its utter
dependence on shipping and its utter dependence on tourism.
Dependence on Shipping
Gradually over the decades, all aspects of life in Hawaii became either directly or
indirectly dependent upon shipping. If shipping were to be suddenly severed, the
economic structure of Hawaii would collapse, bringing down the entire social order as
well. This places Hawaii in great danger of suffering from circumstances completely
beyond its control, affecting the lifeline of shipping.
Business and government have persisted in regarding the problem as one of supply and
delivery. Therefore, their solutions are aimed at ensuring that the supply and delivery
systems remain operational. Unfortunately, this narrow approach does not take into
account the many uncontrollable factors that could easily disrupt either supply or
delivery or both. Factors such as bad weather in far-off American farms, rising
international oil prices, global economics and so forth, can have a devastating affect on
remote Hawaii; literally at the end of the food-chain.
Thus far, the conventional approach has been: to build up the economy so Hawaii can
continue to afford purchasing the imported goods and services. Hawaii’s leaders tend to
believe that the problem is: the chronic need for more money to continue importing, not
the dangerous dependence on imports. Therefore, all their policies and actions are aimed
at boosting the cash flow, so that dollars are available to import more food and goods.
The conventional thinking goes: 1) as long as there is enough money for goods to be
bought and shipped in, there is nothing to worry about; and 2) the U.S. has the capacity
to rescue Hawaii if such a crisis were to arise.
Dependence on Tourism
The second position of peril is Hawaii’s dependence on tourism as its main economic
driver, placing practically all of its eggs in one basket. Seven and a half million visitors a
year generate about 80 percent of Hawaii’s gross revenues. Fluctuations in the visitor
count cause immediate fluctuation in Hawaii’s economy. Incidents like the 9/11 attacks
can (and did) cripple Hawaii’s economy from 5,000 miles away.
The concentration on tourism as the main economic activity in Hawaii has stifled other
areas of economic development and entrepreneurship not related to tourism. Local
small businesses have complained bitterly for many years about the government’s anti-
business policies: punitively high taxes and business fees; inordinate regulations and

restrictions (mandatory health insurance, workmen’s compensation, etc.); and
extremely slow processing rates. In fact, Hawaii’s anti-small-business climate has been
cited in numerous stories in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and many
business publications.
The major banks have also contributed to this situation by limiting the scope of
financing almost exclusively to land development and big businesses (tourism,
construction, plantations), virtually abandoning such unglamorous but vital activities as
small farms and mini-businesses.
On the other hand, Hawaii is already home to several multi-national corporations and
other companies that conduct their business on a global platform. Its central Pacific
location and its multi-ethnic composition places Hawaii in an advantageous position for
international trade. Communications technology provides full links to other market
centers as well as every nook and cranny around the world. Hawaii is fully wired and
has been plugged in to international trade for many years.

The Plan
This is a basic outline of what this department of Aloha Aina seeks to achieve. The
specific activities of this department will be determined by the project director, in
consultation with the advisory committee, experts and other resource people.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have implemented its integrated plan to build
self-reliance (locally grown food, renewable energy, etc.). In doing so, Aloha Aina will
have also helped to produce a stable diversified economy, making Hawaii less
vulnerable to the dictates and whims of trans-oceanic shipping and a single-industry
revenue source.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to improve Hawaii’s visitor
industry by providing tourists with a better product and better value as a result of
achieving stability in food and energy supplies. Though tourism will remain Hawaii’s
primary source of revenue, Hawaii will not be so completely susceptible to its mood
swings. Aloha Aina will also support adopting measures to prudently maintain both
resident and visitor populations at levels that Hawaii’s resources and infrastructure can
reasonably sustain.
World Trade
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have provided programs and incentives to
greatly expand Hawaii’s presence as a world trader. Aloha Aina will have helped to
shape Hawaii’s strategic mid-Pacific position, its multi-national composition and its
broad range of expertise, into a hub of international trade, hosting clearinghouse and
central banking services, stock and commodities markets, and other world-trade
activities. Today’s global telecommunications networks allow participation in the
constant flow of trading of stocks and options around the world. Likewise, because of
its unique, international status, Hawaii has great potential to host robust international
banking operations.

Small and Micro Business
Ten years from now... in partnership with various Hawaii banks and financial
institutions (macro and micro), departments of business and economic development,
chambers of commerce, small business associations, etc., Aloha Aina will have affected
a lively, strong and diverse local, sustainable entrepreneurial economy by
implementing financing programs geared to help small and micro businesses. Aloha
Aina will also use successful models such as the Blackfoot National Bank, the Grameen
Bank and the Elk River Bank as templates. Aloha Aina will have invested in and helped
to establish credit unions and full-service banks for native Hawaiians.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have encouraged the capitalization of marketable
products and proprietary rights derived from Hawaii-based science and technology —
from alternative energy sources to agricultural research to marine farming to software
development and so forth — technology that will benefit people everywhere.
More economic dividends would result from other Aloha Aina targeted projects such as
the change to renewable energy. The savings Hawaii would realize from not importing
oil would be over $2 billion dollars a year. These savings can be rebated to the people,
used to continue renewable energy development and fund other projects to expand the
economy. Dividends could be realized from exporting surplus food, even at discounted
Natural Resources
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have worked together with numerous
government agencies and advocacy groups to successfully implement programs that
emphasize stewardship of our vital resources and environment; to replenish Hawaii’s
ecosystems, to ensure an adequate supply of fresh water and to ensure that endangered
species and natural habitats are maintained and protected.
Aloha Aina will support a vigorous program to eliminate dangerous, invasive alien
plants, animals, and sea life. Aloha Aina will also assist programs to remove chemical
contamination, explosive ordinance and other hazardous residues from Hawaii’s lands,
fresh water systems and ocean.

Aloha Aina will work with the State Department of Business and Economic
Development, State Tourism Authority, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau,
various chambers of commerce, Small Business Hawaii, Small Business Administration,
banks, financial institutions (local and international) and myriad trade and professional

• New Vision, Education
‘Ike Hou Project

Without a vision, the people perish.
As Hawaii begins its transformation, people, young and old, will begin to see a new
vision; a vision of self-reliance, a spirit of independence, a sense of confidence,
optimism and hope for the future.
With this momentum, Aloha Aina intends to affect and overhaul of Hawaii’s education
system to achieve excellence in math, science, technology, social sciences and business,
along with traditional knowledge, the applied arts, industrial arts, practical arts and
social skills.

The Need
During the days of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Hawaii was the most literate nation on
earth with over 90 percent literacy. In the ensuing hundred-plus years, that rate has
plummeted to one of the lowest in the nation. Hawaii has basically two educational
systems, the public and the private. The private far out-performs the public, thus, those
who can afford it, send their children to private schools. It is the public schools that are
in deep trouble.
Although there are some hopeful signs of turning, the momentum of the long years of
constant decline is difficult to overcome. The state government is finally admitting that
the key problem is not simply the lack of funding; it is the obstinate bureaucracy that
refuses to change. It is a systemic problem that, from curriculum to operations, needs to
be overhauled.
The state budget has sufficient funds to make those changes to the public schools, but
the legislature lacks the political will to initiate those changes. The main reason is the
tremendous power wielded by the educators unions, the public workers unions, and
other unions, that influence the legislators’ ability to win elections. With the entrenched
educational bureaucracy and the political status quo, change in the educational system
would be very difficult to achieve.
The plight of the public schools in Hawaii has placed another obstacle to reform. That is
lack of confidence in the state’s ability to carry out the reforms. In other words, unless
the people believe things can change, they become skeptical and ambivalent and will
not press for those changes, thus, perpetuating the cycle of stagnation.
The stalemate over educational reform in Hawaii is due to a lack of hope, which is due
to a lack of vision. If an appealing new vision for educational excellence is placed before
the people, and they catch hold of it, they will push inexorably toward it. The changes
will happen.
As Hawaii experiences invigorating transformation in the areas of food production,
energy self sufficiency, affordable housing, and so forth, a new vision among young
and old will begin to take hold— a vision of self-reliance; a spirit of independence; a
sense of confidence and hope for the future. This positive shift in attitude is a crucial

factor to triggering systemic changes throughout the institutions of Hawaiian society —
family, community, schools, business, industry, policy-making bodies and so forth.

The Plan
This is a basic outline of what this department of Aloha Aina seeks to achieve. The
specific activities of this department will be determined by the project director, in
consultation with the advisory committee, experts and other resource people.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have utilized this climate of optimism, to cause
an overhaul of Hawaii’s educational system by providing financial support and
incentives to shift it from its current monolithic bureaucratic stagnation, into a
decentralized, localized, community driven, exciting, challenging, productive, two-way
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have contributed to the improvement of public
secondary educational curricula, programs and governance so they yield a high degree
of academic excellence with demonstrable skills in mathematics, science, technology,
social sciences, business and the fine arts.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have supported alternative learning programs,
charter schools and schools of choice to expand the avenues for diversified educational
opportunities for Hawaii’s children.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have directed significant resources for teaching
and training in the hotel and restaurant trades, technical and industrial arts, farming,
fishing, aqua-culture, ranching; ensuring those with productive talents and skills are an
integral and dignified part of Hawaii’s society.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have invested in establishing a number of halau
(places of learning) throughout the islands for training in Hawaiian culture and
language, traditional knowledge and skills. Within these halau, will be schools of
carving, canoe crafting, and house building. There will also be training in Hawaiian
traditional water management systems, agriculture and fishpond stewardship. Also,
celestial navigation, native healing arts and so forth.

• Conflict Resolution
The Ho‘oponopono Project

The Need
What the world needs now is Aloha. The late kupuna (respected Hawaiian elder) Pilahi
Paki once said: “… in the next millennium the world will turn to Hawaii as they search
for world peace because Hawaii has the key… and that key is Aloha.”
In her address to the United Nations, kupuna Malia Craver also spoke of aloha as a
means to resolve not just personal but international conflicts.
Aloha is more than a word that means hello, goodbye or love. The root words of
“Aloha” are “alo” or “face” and “ha” which means “breath.” The reference is to the
Hawaiian genesis story of the Creator breathing life (the breath of life, face to face) into
the nostrils of the first man, Kumuhonua. It is an acknowledgement of the personal
investment of the Creator in every living person. Aloha is an invocation and a
recognition of respect for the sacredness of life in another.
Based on this fundamental truth of Aloha, Hawaiian society developed many profound
concepts that embody the highest ideals for society: peace, harmony, unconditional
love, respect, tolerance, cooperation, generosity and much more.
One of the derivatives of Aloha is a highly effective method used for conflict resolution
called, Ho‘oponopono, which means to make things right. It is a method that incorporates
forgiveness and reconciliation, the true expression and true test of Aloha.
Although in times past, Ho’oponopono was widely understood and used, in the last half-
century it, along with many native healing processes, fell by the wayside, displaced by
modern medicine.
However, in the last two decades, individual practitioners have helped to bring this
effective healing method back into use in places such as the Waimanalo Health Clinic,
the Waianae Comprehensive Health Center, and so forth. Native practitioners make
“house calls” and educational foundations such as the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s
Center provide training to those interested in learning to use this highly effective
process of reconciliation.

The Plan
This is a basic outline of what this department of Aloha Aina seeks to achieve. The
specific activities of this department will be determined by the project director, in
consultation with the advisory committee, experts and other resource people.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have played a leading role in developing an
international reconciliation center where the principles of reconciliation are shared, taught,
instilled, and activated.
Through this center, Aloha Aina will have presented the practice of ho’oponopono as a
highly viable method through which individuals, factions, people groups and especially
nations, can peacefully resolve the conflicts between them.

Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped to fund the reconciliation center,
which will consist of a main office (probably located on Oahu) to administer the
program; offices at community clinics on all the islands to provide on-site services;
several special retreat locales on different islands where individuals and small groups
seeking reconciliation can be brought together for several days at a time.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have provided the funding and other necessary
resources (directors and advisors) for the administration and operations of the
reconciliation center. Aloha Aina will have assisted in providing the necessary training
and certification and periodic screening of the practitioners and staff conducting and
supporting the reconciliation processes.
Ten years from now... Aloha Aina will have helped the center provide (besides direct
“face-to-face” reconciliation services) the means to take the message to the international
stage by utilizing all available mass media technology — television and radio, the world
wide web, the arts, and so forth — to broadcast, disseminate, inculcate and otherwise
spread Hawaii’s message of peace and aloha to the world community.

Likely partners in this endeavor include: the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Ola
Pono Wellness Center, Partners in Development, the State of Hawaii Department of
Health, the Matsunaga Peace Center, the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center,
various departments of the United States and various agencies of the United Nations.