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Forces for Good Symposium

Forces for Good Symposium – January 7
State Capitol 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Register now to participate in the second annual Forces for Good Symposium sponsored by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Sierra Club on January 7, 2012.  Speakers include Bill McKibben, world-renowned environmental activist, author & educator, and numerous environmental and community leaders. Our comprehensive program includes panels focused on clean energy, food self-sufficiency, and smart growth development. A panel discussion will focus on FOOD SUSTAINABILITY.  Slow Food O‘ahu hopes to work more closely with The Sierra Club as the Legislature convenes to discuss key health issues (i.e., sugar sweetened beverages) and agricultural policies (i.e., conversion of farm land for development).  If you are interested in helping Slow Food O‘ahu, please let us know and consider attending the Symposium. For registration information and more details on the agenda contact the Sierra Club Hawaii website at

“Truck Farm” Movie Screening

“Truck Farm” Movie Screening – January 6
Sunset Beach Elementary School 5 – 8 p.m.

The movie “Truck Farm” will be shown at Sunset Beach for ‘Aina Family Night from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2012 at Sunset Beach Elementary School Cafeteria.  There will be family garden activities from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., screening of the movie from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m., and special musical guest Simon Beins, Truck Farm Composer, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Kokua Hawai’i Foundation, Rex the Surf Dog, ‘AINA Kine, Hale’iwa Farmers’ Market, Tin Roof Ranch, The O’Shea ‘Ohana, Celestial Natural Foods, Big Wave Tomatoes, Meleana’s Farm CSA, and Hawai’i’s Special, Inc.

Tour of Mari’s Garden and Aquaponic Farm

Tour of Mari’s Garden and Aquaponic Farm
Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Note: This event is re-scheduled from a prior date.

Join us for a tour and a very local lunch at Mari’s Garden in Mililani on Saturday, November 12 from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. for a tour of Fred Lau’s aquaponic farm. The $30 member/ $35 nonmember fee includes the tour, a three-pound bag of fresh veggies from the farm and a lovely lunch prepared by Chef Ave Lambert consisting of banana-leaf-steamed tilapia,  beet and avocado Manoa lettuce salad, herbal iced tea, and fruit dessert. BYOB. Until just 17 months or so ago, Fred was a local nursery owner, having run his nursery operation for decades. He made the plunge into aquaponic farming and is now raising hundreds of pounds of produce and fish each week. Come and see this remarkably productive operation.

Please RSVP to Michelle by Wednesday, November 9 at .This event is LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE and is sure to fill up, so please RSVP quickly if you would like to attend!  Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring.  Payment of $30/members and $35/nonmembers MUST be received by Friday, November 11.  Please note, due to the nature of this event and the necessity of purchasing ingredients beforehand, if you need to cancel after the RSVP date has passed, you will be held responsible for payment.  Payment information will be sent to you following your RSVP and address and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Koko Crater Coffee Roasters Tour

Koko Crater Coffee Roasters Tour
Tuesday, November 8, 2011   5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

Join us for a tasting and tour of Koko Crater Coffee Roasters in Kaka’ako.  Koko Crater Coffee Roasters, located at 1020 Auahi Street Building 5 Bay 8, has been in business at this location over 20 years.  They micro roast (less than 50 pounds per roast), hand label and pack each individual order for their customers.  They are primarily a wholesale business with customers such as Mocha Java in Honolulu, and Morning Brew in Kailua.  They also have a booth at the KCC Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and roast Hawaii-grown beans as well as other coffees from around the world.  Their unique Espresso which has a chocolate, nutty and sweet profile is one of our most popular blends.  They custom roast and private label for businesses, events and individuals.

Master Roaster Kamaka Ho’opai. who has been roasting for over seven years, will be our host.  He says that he “learned everything about coffee roasting from Karen Ertell” who was the owner when he began roasting.  Kamaka welcomes visitors to the shop and loves to share his knowledge and love for coffee with everyone who visits.

The cost is $5 for members; $10 for non-members. There is a maximum of 20 people for this tour.  Please RSVP to Michelle Phillips at by November 4 (or until the capacity is reached).

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