Hawaiian Sustainability Pledge:
The Hawaiian Sustainability Foundation is committed to help fulfill the needs of Hawaii and Hawaiians by developing holistic sustainability projects that will benefit native Hawaiians, the people of Hawaii, as well as the land and water throughout the Hawaiian islands.
The 3 most important things to Hawaiians are Keiki (Children), Aina (Land), and Wai & Kai (Fresh water & Ocean Water). The Hawaiian Sustainability Pledge is a vow to only undertake and support projects that focus on the well being of these precious resources for the next 12 generations to come including the following areas:
Hawaiian Culture & Future:
The Hawaiian culture must be protected, nourished, and restored including its system of sustainable living in accord with nature; called Ahupua'a. This system integrates the needs of a whole community as it mandates that what happens at the top of the mountain, must support and nourish everything that lives, grows, and thrives downstream. In this way, family life, water purity, farms, waste recycling, and ocean ecosystems are all found to be mutually nourishing for each other.
Hawaii is the most natural place in the world for self sufficiency, yet finds itself almost 90% dependent upon imported energy and food. With an almost unlimited and constant supply of sun, wind, waves, and a year long growing season, each Hawaiian island should be completely self-sufficient, sustainable, and prosperous. Hawaiians need for Hawaii to become completely sustainable through a program designed to utilize these readily available natural energy sources, to convert agricultural lands back to organic, non-toxic healthy crop production, and to protect and/or purify all water supplies. Without these necessary steps, there will be no healthy future for Hawaiians whose culture is based on good stewardship of the land and sea.
All lands need to be protected and nourished in a way that enriches the soil, the ecosystems, and the people. For the sake of the health of the people, the water, and the land, as well as the investment value of the any property, (houses and land sell for more if they are organic), we need all farming and other uses of land to support the highest organic standards that exclude the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO's), synthetic fertilizers, synthetic herbicides, synthetic pesticides, and synthetic food additives. In addition, there is an immediate need to produce a local organic healthy diverse food supply which includes Taro, coconuts, papaya, mango, milk, etc.
Hawaii is 90% dependent on imported food and energy. More than almost any place on earth, in Hawaii the sun shines, the wind blows, big waves flow, and plants thrive every day of the year. Thus, we need local renewable energy sources to be used and developed for all needs whenever possible. Also, growing food locally will save on fuel needs since shipping foods from overseas would be significantly decreased.
Hawaii needs to reduce its dependency on foreign oil in the transportation sector. Although electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells make more sense for long term, there is an immediate need to produce biofuels and biodiesel to meet the needs of today. Plants should be grown organically in a way that is improving the vitality of the soil as well as synergistically supporting food crops, as well.
There is a great need for buildings to be constructed according to green building best practices including the use of all natural materials, and eligibility for leed certification. We recognize the further need to design all buildings and communities according to Vastu principles which not only help create harmony in a community, but also have been shown to have higher resale values.
In order for a village or community to be completely sustainable, waste must be recycled so that it does not spread bacteria, kill reefs, or pollute the food and water supply. Hawaii needs to develop a waste recycling program which contributes to energy production and fertilization needs.
Hawaiians need holistic health care centers that not only treat diabetes and other chronic conditions, but that also educate and provide people with the opportunity to utilize proven health technologies and dietary programs that can restore the health and vitality of its people.
Education in Hawaii suffers from a lack of vision and connectedness with its own culture, as well as its connectedness to the natural laws of the islands. Hawaiians and the people of Hawaii need to have their children thrive in schools that encourage the holistic vision of their culture including learning Hawaiian language and Hawaiian skills that are relevant to living on the islands. Hawaiian immersion charter schools have had some success and could become an invaluable part of any sustainability project if the latest educational technologies for total brain development are also included.
There are many other sustainability needs that have related economic and community development goals that will be useful and supportive of the above needs, goals, and solutions.
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