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Statewide School Learning Garden Symposium to show ‘Seeds of Hope’ on June 7

HPA presents West Hawaii premiere of “Seeds of Hope” at 7 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Gates Performing Arts Center. The free public event is presented as part of the Statewide School Learning Garden Symposium, “Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bring Life to Schools and Schools to Life.”

“Seeds of Hope,” narrated by Puanani Burgess, is the story of Hawaii’s food journey. It recalls how for more than 1,000 years, the Hawaiian people produced enough food to support an estimated population of one million. Today, 85 percent of the state’s food is imported and if current trends continue, Hawaii’s last agricultural lands will be gone by 2040.

But Hawaii can change its course. The film highlights the individual heroes who are working to solve the biggest issue facing this remote island paradise, How Can Hawaii Feed Itself? These “seeds of hope,” innovative farmers—both large and small—educators, and everyday citizens, are scattered throughout the island chain and are growing new ideas that can solve Hawaii’s food crisis and inspire a world to become more sustainable and to nurture the land that feeds us.

The film will be followed by a talk story session with the audience and film participants. All are invited. For information, contact Koh Ming Wei at 443-9231, or e-mail mwkoh@hpa.edu.