From the Babes Against Biotech to the new Hawaii Center for Food Safety, these outsiders want Hawaii to be pesticide free. There is so much fear mongering created by these groups to an uninformed public about the true need for pesticides. If we let these activists get their way, what would our islands look like without the help of these
Hokulea Would Not be Sailing the World
DOW AGROSCIENCES product, VIKANE, was used to rid our precious Hokulea of the Singapore ant problem. Hokulea was able to set sail on the voyage around the world without spreading an invasive species. Kamaaina Fumigation donated their work to the Polynesian Voyaging Society… “It’s always full circle in our culture to give.”
Historical Buildings Would Be Destroyed
Here are a few of the culturally significant sites and invasive species management that use pesticides to help preserve these buildings and natural habitats.
o Iolani Palace
o Queen Emma Summer Palace
o Waikiki Aquarium
o Hilton Hawaiian Village
o Kamehameha School – Oahu
o Bishop Museum
o Hokule’a – drywood termites about 8 years ago and the ants currently
o Pearl Harbor historical buildings
o Kawaiaha’o Church, Honolulu
o Waikiki Shell
Vegetation Management (Invasive Species)
o Fireweed on Maui and Big Island
o Albizia – all islands
o Miconia – Maui
o Native grass propagation project with UH for DOT Roadsides
Pesticides are Needed to Preserve Paradise!
Can you imagine our Hawaii without the Iolani Palace or natural habitats overtaken by Miconia? Our native forests would be destroyed if it weren’t for the management of these invasive species and we would have lost the historical buildings to termites a long time ago. Hawaii needs these pesticides to preserve the things that make our islands unique, despite what the activists keep repeating to people over and over. If we let these outsiders dictate the rules, start saying good bye to some of our favorite places and monuments and our rain forests.
Fear and public opinion should never dictate what happens in our islands. Evidence and data must guide us for the future of our islands. That’s what our leaders need to use also first and foremost in making policy and informing the public.
Preserving the past is a good thing but sometimes we need the help of future innovations to complete that mission.