Na Kupu Manaʻolana: Seeds of Hope

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Na Kupu Manaʻolana: Seeds of Hope


Wednesday Apr 24 01:00 PM
Wednesday Apr 24 07:30 PM
Thursday Apr 25 01:00 PM
Thursday Apr 25 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Director: Danny Miller, USA, 2012, 90mins.

For more than 1,000 years the Hawaiian People produced enough food to support an estimated population of one million. Today, 85 percent of their food is imported. And if current trends continue, Hawai‘i’s last agricultural lands will be gone by 2040. This documentary is a portrait of the farmers, Hawaiian practitioners, educators and everyday citizens leading Hawai‘i's return to local, traditional and sustainable methods of agriculture to solve the biggest issue facing this remote island paradise. It asks the question: How can Hawai‘i feed itself?

Official Selection: Hawai‘i International Film Festival.

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion about some of the major issues surrounding food security, education, and nutrition on April 24 following the 7:30pm screening of Seeds of Hope.


Catherine Black, Board Member, Hawaii Rural Development Council

Catherine Black was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and raised in Kailua, Hawai‘i. She has worked in journalism, community building and communications for 15 years in Hawai‘i, San Francisco and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lived from 2005 to 2012. There, she co-founded and directed a community newspaper and a cultural magazine in the city's historic district, which was also the subject of a book she co-wrote and published. She was awarded for her work in community and cultural development by the City of Buenos Aires in May, 2012. Black is currently a communications officer at Punahou School and a freelance communications consultant with a focus on food self-sufficiency, sustainability and local agriculture.


Anthony Aalto, Chair of the O‘ahu Group of the Sierra Club

Anthony Aalto was born in London, but raised in Mallorca, which he describes as “The O‘ahu of the Mediterranean.” The rapid expansion of the tourism industry and accompanying boom in development he witnessed as a child made him a lifelong environmentalist. He currently serves as chair of the O‘ahu Group of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in Hawai‘i. Although he married his wife in Hana in 1995, Anthony did not move to Hawai‘i until 11 years later when he took up a posting as the Asia-Pacific correspondent for the Portuguese newspaper, Expresso. Prior to that, he was based in New York where he was president of the United Nations Correspondents Association. He has been a war correspondent for The Guardian, BBC and The Economist and reported from more than two dozen countries around the world covering events including the guerrilla revolutions in Central America, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, the liberation of East Timor, the American occupation of Haiti, the struggle for democracy in West Africa, and six presidential elections here in the U.S. He is currently completing a documentary about the HART rail project and recently started filming My Green Hale, How I Built the Greenest House in Hawai‘i, a TV series for Oceanic Time Warner.

Kevin Chang, Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Community Stewardship Network

Hawai‘i Rural Development Council (HRDC) board member Kevin Chang is executive director of the Hawai‘i Community Stewardship Network, which partners with the Oʻahu Resource Conservation & Development Council (ORCD), an independent, tax-exempt Hawai‘i nonprofit entity dedicated to the mission of improving the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i by encouraging and assisting local leadership to develop and carry out activities that conserve and sustain our natural, human, cultural, and economic resources. Chang was born in Honolulu and raised in Ahuimanu valley, ahupuaʻa of Kahaluʻu, moku of Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu where he graduated from J.B. Castle High School. He received a BA in Psychology and a JD from the University of Oregon where he co-founded the Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER), which has held an annual conference on environmental justice issues since 1995. Previously, he was a land manager in the Land and Property Management Program of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and a field representative for the Trust for Public Lands’ Hawaiian Islands Program and practiced law as a solo practitioner in the field of entertainment law. He also currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu. Chang, who produces films, also is a member of the band Kūpaʻāina ( and uses music as a tool to raise awareness on the contemporary economic, social, cultural and environmental justice issues of Hawaiʻi. 

Pamela Boyar, co-founder of the Haleiwa, Hawai‘i Kai, Ala Moana, and Kailua Town Farmers Markets

Born in Los Angeles, Pamela Boyar’s appreciation of fresh produce dates to her childhood. Soon after graduating with a BA degree from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, Boyar dedicated herself to health education and the promotion of organic foods. In 1980, she formed a home juice delivery business in Beverly Hills with clientele including Cher, Don Henley, Pat Boone, Debby Boone, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rivers and others. In 1986, she started an organic produce company to deliver farm fresh produce top L.A. restaurants and chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Michel Richard and Roy Yamaguchi. In 1992, Boyar moved to Austin, Texas, to work for Heart of Texas Produce and familiarized herself with local chefs and restaurateurs. She created a Local Growers Program for Whole Foods Market in 1993, which included farm and winery tourism for the public, crop planning, and a farmers market. In 1997, she established the Westlake Farmers Market, which soon outgrew its space and became the Sunset Valley Farmers Market (SVFM). In 1999, she became part owner of a health food restaurant, The Flame Bistro. In 2005, she was nominated by St. Edwards University as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and also honored by the North American Farm Direct Marketing Association as Farmers Market Director of the Year. In 2006, Audubon magazine named SVFM as one of the Cream of the Crop Farmers Markets in the country. In 2007, Eating Well magazine included SVFM as one of the Top 5 Farmers Markets in the country. Boyar moved to O‘ahu in 2006 and quickly began to share her knowledge and experience. Soon, the Haleiwa, Hawai‘i Kai, Ala Moana, and Kailua Town Farmers Markets were born.

Adam Zaslow, Mahi ‘Aina Coordinator at Hou‘ulu ‘Aina Community Garden

Adam Zaslow was born and raised in Kalaheo, on the island of Kaua‘i. He majored in political science at the University of Hawai‘i and farmed organic and biological fruits and vegetables in Kunia and Haleiwa on O‘ahu. His Anahulu Farm provided vegetables to clients of Dr. Lori Kimata’s naturopathic medicine and midwifery center on the North Shore. Currently, Zaslow is the Mahi ‘Aina Coordinator at Hou‘ulu ‘Aina, a community garden, education and native reforestation project run by Kokua Kalihi Valley. There, he is responsible for growing and distributing fresh, organic produce and medicinal plants, educating school groups and training community members to farm. He also plays percussion with Kamau, a contemporary Hawaiian acoustic rock band.

The panel is organized in conjunction with the Hawaii Rural Development Council and the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter.

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