November 16, 2008

Niu Oil

Guess what, I've learned that other oil industries conducted a large campaign against the lovely coconut oil...Read more on the websites I've been looking at:

"Refined coconut oil is freshly extracted from the meat of the coconut and then refined. It is used extensively as a frying oil in some regions. In addition, coconut oil is also used as a spray oil for crackers and biscuits and as a creaming fat in biscuits. In the ice cream industry, coconut oil is an excellent ice cream couverture fat. The oil is also suitable for soap making."

Websites for Research TUVALU SOLAR POWER

Going Green

The realities of climate change are starting to bite. If designing sustainable houses is essentially about minimising their impact on the environment, it is equally important to make them resilient to the physical effects of climate change. Designing sustainable houses naturally takes future-proofing into account while being concerned with the

- use of renewable, locally manufactured materials with a low embodied energy content
- creation of a healthy indoor living environment
- small-scale generation and efficient use of renewable energy
- sensible management of rain- and drinking water and
- minimization of waste in the construction and the running of houses.
The benefits of a sustainable house are manifold. They range from huge cost-savings over its life-time, via the wellbeing of its users to the positive effects on the environment and the global climate.

June 23, 2008

Inspirational Person: Eugene V. Debs, Prisoner & Presidential Candidate

"Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free...." --Eugene V. Debs

Biography on Eugene Debs: A Socialist labor leader and president of the American Railway Union, campaigned for the US Presidency five times. In the 1912 election, the pacifist netted six percent of the votes. In 1920 (the first to include women voters) Debs was incarcerated but still ran and garnered three percent of the votes. He had been incarcerated for nonviolently opposing America's participation in the First World War. He was released on orders form President Warren G. Garding, who invited him to the White House for a chat. Before he was sentenced, he address the court.

Information retrieved from page 506 of the book "Words that make America Great" by Jerome Agel, published by Random House (1999).

June 18, 2008

Freedom Sings

I can't believe it 28 views! Wow thanks everyone for tuning in...great to have you on board.

Anyways, ummmmmm, good news, after being extradited to Utah from O.C.C.C., Maui Lono was held captive in Utah State Prison, actually serving time with his younger brother...Vai, who is being released soon! Anyways, Maui got released on February 19, 2008. Although his initial wish was to be paroled again to Hawai'i to continue his farming and artistic work begun in August of 2007, despite that, he has remained in Salt Lake City, working a bit for his father on a remodeling project and it has not been determined when he will return to Hau'ula and the farm. Of course Maui's hands are in demand, and in addition to homebuilding he has also continued to serve as a tattoo artist during his time locked up (tufunga tatatau in polynesian traditions, particularly Tongan) and it is prayed that he still return to the farm to complete his parole and continue to build upon what those who worked on the farm in the meantime have accomplished. (unfortunately we heard that a band of drunken tongans had taken over the farm, some disobedient infidels or so it seems, who often had friction with the Laos brothers..). Gladly we now we hear that the farm is being "cleaned up" so to speak -- abandoned cars to be towed, trash to be burned, and people to shift etc), and will be shifting management soon as August...

We hope!

Pepe just brought word that Mama Laos' lunchwagon, "Bamboos" which had a short time in operation several months from December to a few months ago, was now back at the farm parked.

May this site continue to seed for the Ohana who work this land.