Newly elected congressman spends time listening to Molokai citizens
Seeks to learn what the issues, problems & challenges on Molokai
Spent four days on Molokai in August
Listened to learn about deer, water, farming,and need for funding
Talked to farmers, gardeners, and even fishpond restorers.
This posting may seem to be remote, not necessarily applicable, & even obtuse.
But Glenn Teves’ recent Online presentation at Cornell shows what can be done with small farmers.
Shows science driving Beginning Farmer Program on Molokai which was triggered by the Law of the Minimum.
The core source is derived from Justus von Liebig’s Law of the Minimum
Growth is dictated not by total resources available, but by scarcest resource.
States that if essential plant nutrients is deficient, plant growth will be poor.
Taro or Poi is nutritious and an excellent source of essential trace minerals.
like manganese, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper,& phosphorus.
Poi made from taro roots was & could again be complete diet for Molokai & Hawaii people.
Poi was once considered an important & sacred aspect of daily Hawaiian life.
Taro needs a lot of water & that is why not major food product in Hawaii (Molokai).
Molokai is a wonderful island in Hawaii. But it needs more water.
The water system on Island of Molokai is in bad repair after years of lack of investment.
Now $37 M capital improvement project to upgrade the 80-year-old Hoʻolehua System.
Enhancements to the system forthcoming consists of Installation of a 200,000-gallon storage tank & upgrades to automation systems.
This is a start.
Has Molokai recovered for the use of chemicals on its rich red volcanic soil?
Could what turned out to be a few million dollars from lawsuits really do anything to compensate or help the people of Molokai to build a life and a viable economy. One can only Hope.
Monsanto has apparently remained on the Island after Monsanto was purchased by big Bayer. Now Molokai is rebuilding its land, its people, and its culture. The Place is the Greatest “Moloka‘i Nō Ka Heke”.