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‘Seeds of Hope’ to Premiere on PBS Hawai‘i

Documentary about state’s GMO/traditional ag issues to air Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

September 19, 2013
Maui Weekly

The acclaimed documentary film, "Na Kupu Mana'olana: Seeds of Hope," will premiere on PBS Hawai'i on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9 p.m. Produced and directed by Hawai'i Island Filmmaker Danny Miller, the 56-minute PBS version of the film tells the story of Hawai'i's return to local and traditional methods of growing food.

"The television broadcast of our film is coming at a perfect time," said Miller. "The film offers real solutions to growing more local food in a sustainable way, and discusses critical land use issues like GMO crops and the importance of protecting our vital agricultural resources.

Filmed throughout the island chain, the film shows how the rising cost of shipping food across vast oceans has created powerful incentives for the people of Hawai'i to return to the land and to the paradise that once fed them.

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Nā Kupu Mana‘olana:
Seeds of Hope

The film features many Maui Nui residents, including Maui organic rancher William Jacintho, Molokai rancher Jack Spruance and sweet potato farmers George Mokuau, Lynn Decoite and Russell Decoite.

The film includes a great discussion about the Molokai seed industry and water resources with Walter Ritte, and seed industry insiders Tom De Courcy and Adolph Helm.

The personal stories of these "seeds of hope," who live and work throughout the island chain, bring to life the lessons of Hawai'i's agricultural legacy and the urgency to not only protect Hawai'i's unique agricultural resources, but to educate and inspire a new generation of farmers, said a film press release.

Scenes of the lo'i restoration in 'Iao Valley are also included in the film.

Maui resident and Maui Weekly contributing writer Dr. Janet Six served as one the film's associate producers.

The film's original score was composed by Mau'i resident Jim Kimo West.

View the film's trailer at



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