Mahi Pono, Maui’s largest landowner, sprayed the highly toxic chemical paraquat on fields near the Maui Baseyard in Pu‘unene six times last September and October, according to Hawai‘i’s Department of Agriculture Annual Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Reporting Forms. MauiTime obtained the forms through a Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) request. Based on weather data for … [Read more...] about Mahi Pono’s Pesticide Files: Mahi Pono uses paraquat and another chemical toxic to marine life and bees. Is it practicing sustainable agriculture?
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Being that I loathed school lunch as a kid (OK, only sometimes – not gonna lie, the kalua pork and baked spaghetti were bomb), I never thought there’d be a day where I was appreciative of school meals, but here we are. With all that’s been in the news regarding school lunch debt and children being shamed and denied food, it’s reassuring to know that some Maui County schools are … [Read more...] about Public Schools Offering Free Lunch Over the Summer
The Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC), a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to nurturing the county’s food students, chefs and farmers, held its fourth annual Hawaii food products recipe contest on Saturday, Apr. 4, according to an Apr. 6 MFTC news release. Judging was based on taste, appearance, the commercial viability of the recipe and the best use of ingredients that … [Read more...] about Ketchup wins at Maui Food Technology Center Hawaii Food Products recipe contest
About three minutes after I posted last week's story about how little fire ants were infesting the Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea, questions from readers (and my colleagues) started rolling in. How did the ants get there? Where did they come from? These aren't trivial questions. Considering the potential dangers little fire ants pose to people and pets, it would be best if state … [Read more...] about No One Seems To Know (or wishes to say) How Little Fire Ants Infested The Andaz Maui Resort
By Sara Tekula We grabbed our bags at the baggage claim and walked to the curb, where our friend handed us a baby goat. At Kahului Airport. In front of everyone: tourists arriving and smelling the island air for the first time, security guards rushing us along and auntie waiting for her keiki to jump in the car. My husband Joe and I knew we were finally home. This wasn’t just … [Read more...] about How Plant A Wish Balances Our Ancient Relationship With The Land