With May Day, often called Lei Day in Hawaii, falling on Saturday, Kualapuu Elementary School will be celebrating with a royal court ceremony today. The other Molokai public schools celebrated with a royal court investiture yesterday because today is another Furlough Friday.
Tomorrow the big event will be Molokai’s first Ag Country Fair calling for ag unity in our community. The fair at the Lanikeha Center in Ho’olehua will showcase Molokai grown produce, meat products and informational exhibits.
The goal of the Molokai Homestead Farmers Alliance is to have agriculture be the foundation for Molokai since sustainable living encompasses our island. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair will feature subsistence recipe contest, an ag country store, game fowl show, dog show, entertainment, horse rides, games, grease pig contest, craft booths, lei contest, orchid project and informational and display booths.
GMO protest begins at 8 a.m.
Not just agriculture will be on display at Lanikeha. Prior to the fair, the strength of Molokai’s activism will be on display at a GMO protest beginning at 8 a.m. and running until 11 a.m. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are grown extensively on Molokai in corn seed crop by the island’s largest employer, Monsanto, as well as by Mycogen.
The GMO corn is grown with a special bacteria inserted into its genetic structure to make it resistant to pests and herbicides like Roundup. Those opposed to GMOs believe it is an unhealthy agricultural solution and is damaging to those who ingest it as well as those who work and live around the fields where it is grown.
Molokai as a model for energy efficiency
Also as part of the ag fair, the Kalama’ula Mauka Homestead Association presents Molokai’s First Energy Efficient & Renewables Show. Kalama’ula Mauka’s project called Molokai 2020 has a vision to raise social consciousness and see Molokai as a potential leader for island sustainability in the 21st century. The Blue Planet Foundation and Molokai Robotics Team students will be doing CFL bulb exchanges at the fair all day.
Information on a variety of energy efficient green products that take advantage of government stimulus money will be available. This can include grants, tax credits and rebates on products ranging from solar hot water heaters to personal wind generators and whole house fans.
Energy consultant Mary Doeffinger with zEnergy Solution will discuss special rebates for the outer islands retrofits. Michael Leone will be giving seminars on the hour on several topics including wind generation, electric vehicles, charging stations and solar photovoltaics. 21st Century Lighting will be there to enlighten us on LED and inductive lighting.
It all starts at 8 a.m. at the Lanikeha Center in Ho’olehua.