2018 National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference & Hōʻola ʻĀina O Māʻilikūkahi
August 28, 2018
“We the youth envision a future of Hōʻola ʻĀina where we are educated in health and laʻau, and food is grown with aloha by our hands on our ʻāina, because food is medicine…” On the last day of the 2018 National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference & Hōʻola ʻĀina O Māʻilikūkahi Youth Food Sovereignty, youth from Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu and First Nations read their resolution for self-sufficient and sovereign food systems. Their message was filled with so much mana that there wasn’t a dry eye in the hall. The youth were met by a standing ovation by government leaders, academics, farmers, and community members. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard also deeply moved, extended her commitment to pursue their demands on the federal level. The youth congress marked the third Hōʻola ʻĀina O Māʻilikūkahi Youth Food Sovereignty gathering hosted by MAʻO Organic Farms in collaboration with community leaders and organizations across Hawaiʻi. Mahalo for everyone who participating in the congress and conference! Photo credit: Hadley Gustaffson.