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Friday, March 30, 2007

Ban GMO Taro...

The legal battle continues for the rights of Hawaiians to preserve their ancestral genes. State law makers today decided to postpone any ruling on a ban on GMO Taro production. For Hawaiians, this was a huge setback for the preservation of the Hawaiian Blood line - the root of all Hawaiians. Almost a year ago, I took this photo on the lawns of the University of Hawai'i, an alter that was built to pay homage to the ancestors that came before them and Kalo (Taro) the birth mother of all Hawaiians....
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Mar/30/br/br7068425913.html

The University of Hawai'i is involved in research to genetically modify the Hawaiian Taro. The Hawaiians oppose any alteration of the Taro, a symbol of their ancestor and lifeline. To get a close-up of the sculpture above, [ press here ]. In order to understand and appreciate why Hawaiians wish to keep the Taro genes pure, one needs to understand their history:

Before there were humans, there were Gods, Wakea, Father Heaven, and Papa, Earth Mother. They bore many children, one of which was Ho`ohoku. In time, Ho`ohoku gave birth to her first born, Haloa-naka. Born prematurely, the limbless deformed infant, Haloa-naka, was in the shape of a bulb. Wakea buried the body at the east corner of his house and Ho`ohoku tended to the burial site until one day it grew into a taro plant. The couple’s second-born child, also named Haloa, was a healthy boy who would become the ancestor of the Hawaiian people. Haloa was to respect and look after his older brother for all eternity. The elder Haloa, Haloa-naka, the root of life, would always sustain and nourish his young brother and his descendants. The strong bond between Hawaiians and the Taro plant can be seen in the Hawaiian word for family - 'Ohana. 'ohana is derived from the word 'oha, the shoot that grows from the taro corm. As the young shoots grow from the ground, people grow from the family.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

It's a wonderful sculpture that you presented beautifully, along with your explanation. It seems to me that respect for any group of people and their important cultural beliefs is too often neglected and even ignored. You and I both know, too, that many of our state and federal politicians are pretty gutless. May commonsense prevail on this one!! Thank you, too, for all the background information. Kate (I had trouble commenting using my google info. so posted ""

Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 2:36:00 AM HST  
Blogger Jazzy said...

Aloha!
Have a great weekend!
=)

Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 3:52:00 AM HST  
Blogger angela said...

Thank you for the information. I'm continually shocked by our desire to meddle, to tweak, to mess with stuff that doesn't need messing with.
Money is as always at the bottom of this..if only there was a way to fight against big business.
Angela

Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 11:44:00 PM HST  
Blogger Stinkypaw said...

I think it's great that Hawaiians are fighting for this - they should!

Thank you also for the great history - I just love those stories - you made my day! Mahalo nui loa!

Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 10:38:00 AM HST  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

I thought it was a Maori (indigenous NZ) carving! But then they all came from Hawaiiki, so it's understandable...

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 1:20:00 AM HST  
Blogger bluemountainmama said...

wow....that's fascinating (the history)....i hope the wishes of the hawaiian people will be respected and the culture will prevail....

Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 2:03:00 PM HST  
Blogger aisha said...

I vacillate on this one. I am not sure if I am ready to claim the role of a bioconservative quite yet:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioconservative#Contrasting_stance

With being liberal being such a part of my identity. I am wary of tampering with culture, our homelands and nature in so many ways.

But - but - but - there is a part of me that sees evolution as inevitable. Even I am a hybrid.

Friday, April 6, 2007 at 7:18:00 PM HST  
Blogger Ian said...

Here are a few photos from the demonstration at the Legislature:

http://www.ilind.net/gallery_2007/taro033007/index.htm

-Ian Lind

Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 8:52:00 PM HST  
Blogger Kala said...

Mahalo Ian!

Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 11:27:00 PM HST  
Blogger MoonSoleil said...

Yes, you should be proud of your culture and try to preserve it. It's so annoying how things like that turn into political debates.
I would be happy to have some more original German traditions, but expect from the Bavarians and Thuringians, who still wear original costumes and know some dances, I think almost none German traditions were preserved. =(

Sunday, April 8, 2007 at 3:30:00 PM HST  

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