Sustainability Film Screening May 13th, Oahu

This came our way from an educator at Punahou who is doing a lot of good work with teaching active sustainability practices in our schools.

Spring 2009

The Punahou Sustainable Food Committee is hosting a spring "Food for Thought" event at Punahou on Wednesday, May 13th from 6-8:30 at Thurston Chapel, as part of our continuing discussion on Sustainability in our community. This year the Food for Thought series specifically explores the relationships of food and agriculture with sustainability. At the upcoming May event we will be screening Chris Taylor’s 2008 documentary film Food Fight, which according to the filmmaker is "a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness." The movie explores the repercussions of the agribusiness model and ultimately considers the community's role in the development of a more sustainable food system.

The evening will begin with a free tasting of dishes featuring local produce by Ed Kenny (‘86) of Town and Downtown as well as Pat Shea (’91) of Sweet Home Waimanalo. After the movie screening, we have invited a panel of speakers representing the various perspectives the movie explores (Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms, Laurie Carlson of Honolulu Weekly and Slow Food Oahu, Dr. Ted Radovich of UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and Brian Schatz, the State Democratic Party Chair and CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii) to facilitate discussion of the many areas the film considers.

We hope everyone can make our "Food for Thought" movie night as part of our continuing discussion on Sustainability in our community. We are especially interested in having members of our Punahou community join us; please encourage your students and their parents to come. If you are wondering about potential classroom connections or have any questions about the event, please feel free to email me at

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