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Thursday, March 14, 2013
McCain: OHA Cronies Milk Defense Budget for Millions
By Selected News Articles @ 4:26 AM :: 10367 Views :: Akaka Bill, Agriculture, Military, OHA

“Now we’re in sequestration, we have a bill that would give ... companies an additional 5 percent, $15 million,” McCain said. “It’s disgraceful, and it’s been going on for years....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Chicken Manure Penny Stock Looks to Abercrombie for ‘Strategic Relationship’
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 PM :: 10881 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

We have presented our technology to and proposed a strategic relationship with various state agencies in the State of Hawaii, which closely aligns itself with Governor Neil Abercrombie’s “New Day in Hawaii” initiative....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Status Of Appeal Of Land Use Commission’s Koa Ridge Approval
By Robert Thomas @ 12:15 PM :: 7914 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...it is difficult if not impossible to overturn a land use district boundary amendment as contrary to IAL designation, when it does not yet exist...

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Trafficked Thai Workers' Dreams Become Nightmares
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 7811 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In 2004, Nopphon Fuchumpa was promised a great opportunity in the United States.... 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Bills Introduced to Cut Sugar Subsidies
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 9259 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Economy

The bills would provide economic relief to American consumers and businesses who have been forced to pay a $14 billion hidden tax over the past four years alone in order for the federal government to provide a special interest subsidy to sugar producers....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Nobriga vs DHHL: Some Days You Get the Bull
By Robert Thomas @ 7:05 PM :: 7697 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

Did you know that as a Hawaii landowner you own all unmarked or unbranded cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, goats, and swine, over twelve months of age, which may be running wild on your land?

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Kauai Farmers to Boycott OHA Poi Mill
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 12891 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, OHA

HEWA: we do NOT endorse this unexpected news that OHA is giving us, Makaweli Poi, away to a random group we never heard of before....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
TPL, OHA Gain Control of Galbraith Estate
By News Release @ 11:58 AM :: 11339 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, OHA

...Trust for Public Land assembled the $25 million purchase price from a variety of sources, including $13 million from a Hawaii state bond; $4.5 million from the U.S. Army; $4 million from the City and County of Honolulu; $3 million from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and $500,000 from D.R. Horton....

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Friday, December 7, 2012
House Ag Committee to Consider 'Food Safety'
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 6271 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

This informational briefing will cover the topic of food safety as it concerns and relates to farmers, wholesalers and retailers in Hawaii....

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Humane Society: Our Opponent is Evil, We are Good
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 7026 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

Why would someone criticize such a storied name in American charity as ours?....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Video: South Park Ridicules Kauai Malihini
By Video @ 5:34 AM :: 10998 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism, GMOs

One of the subplots of the South Park episode is about residents of Kaua'i claiming to be natives of Hawaii when they're just longtime residents who got there before the more recent tourists, whom they despise....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Murder at Pier 23: The Death of Hawaii Animal Agriculture
By Michael Hansen @ 10:41 PM :: 8483 Views :: Agriculture, Jones Act

"...it’s come to the point where we are wondering whether it’s worth continuing the business...."

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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Classified Documents reveal United Farm Workers made pact with Global Horizons in hope of profiting from Immigration Reform
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 10632 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

... a July 3, 2008 memo from the US Embassy in Mexico—revealed earlier this week with the latest batch of classified Wikileaks documents—shows that the UFW had signed a contract with Global Horizons and was itself looking forwards to becoming a major labor contractor ....

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Monday, August 8, 2011
Human Trafficking: Did the US DoJ Purposefully lose the Aloun Farms Case?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 AM :: 19542 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement, Pierre Omidyar

How could federal prosecutors “accidentally” debase their entire prosecution of crimes alleged to have occurred in 2004 by telling a Federal Grand Jury that the defendants’ collection of “recruitment fees” was a violation of a law which did not take effect until 2008?

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Monday, September 20, 2010
NYT: In an Ugly Human-Trafficking Case, Hawaii Forgets Itself
By Selected News Articles @ 8:34 PM :: 12890 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In an astounding display of amnesia and misplaced sympathy, Hawaii rallied around the defendants. After entering their plea deal, the farmers, Michael and Alec Sou of Aloun Farms, orchestrated an outpouring of letters begging the judge for leniency at sentencing. Business leaders, community activists, politicians — even two former governors, Benjamin Cayetano and John Waihee, and top executives at First Hawaiian Bank — joined a parade attesting to the brothers’ goodness.

The men were paragons of diversified agriculture and wise land use, the letter writers said. They had special vegetable knowledge that nobody else had, and were holding the line against genetically modified crops. If they went to prison, evil developers would pave their farmland. Think of the “trickle down impact,” one woman implored the judge. Besides, their produce was delicious.

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Friday, September 3, 2010
Green hypocrites: Case & Omidyar’s Maui Land & Pine tied to human trafficking case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 25151 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

THREE MONTHS after Intajak arrived in America, in October 2004, Global Horizons sent him to Hawaii to work for the Maui Pineapple Co. Here, the pay was better than in Yakima—$9.50 an hour—but the conditions were worse. One Global Horizons agent, Intajak and other workers told me, was in the habit of carrying a knife, a gun, or a baseball bat, and of threatening workers with "deportation" if they didn't behave or meet their quotas. Just four days in, Intajak says, he watched the man beat a coworker. 

The Maui Pineapple Co.'s land is nestled among gorgeous foothills, shrouded in mist and covered with volcanic soil the color of dark coffee. The now-defunct company was part of Maui Land & Pineapple Co., whose majority owner is Steve Case, cofounder of AOL; another primary shareholder is eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, a generous benefactor of anti-slavery organizations.... 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Unions reject furloughs: Governor seeks ag inspection alternatives
By Letters to the Editor @ 1:08 PM :: 7540 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

State Government  cannot afford to look or be the same.  We need to find new ways to do the tasks that were once performed.  We want to explore with the Agriculture industry options such as third-party certification, self certification, and random sampling.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008
Molokai Ranch: Protesters to Cash in with Takeover Plan?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:49 PM :: 20588 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Greenmail

Molokai’s largest private employer is closing operations. With unemployment already at 7 percent, 120 more Molokai residents (on an island of just over 7,000 residents) are losing their jobs. In a state where politicians pretend to be obsessed with “saving agriculture,” cattle ranching will end on the 1/3 of the island owned by Molokai Ranch.

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