Welcome to Hawaii Organic Farm.
We live a simple and sustainable lifestyle on a tropical farmstead that incorporates Organic, Sustainable, Permaculture, Regenerative Agroforestry, Agroecological principals in order to live within the means of the land We live more simply so others (*human and other species”) can simply live.
We are looking to educate people to live a life worth living for all beings that we share the planet with, and in ways that live within the carrying capacity of the land, while following the golden rule (rather than the rule of gold; those with the most gold rule). We aspire to live a life that focuses on the solutions that enable responsible stewardship and a peaceful, fair, healthy, sustainable planet for all beings. Jimi Hendrix said, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” However humans have used love and faith in twisted ways that have not resulted in creating peace, in part because ones words and thoughts have to manifest as actions that are consistent with creating a peaceful, fair, healthy and sustainable planet. Those actions have to become habit and habits build our character and our character creates our destiny, and our destiny becomes our life. For most, John Lennon said in his song “Beautiful Boy” that “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. We are “humans doings” just doing what we have been taught by our parents, culture, nation, traditions, etc. and not questioning too much or feel the pain but have to numb, dumb, or deny to survive. Sir Winston Churchill said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” We are in a stranglehold in order to sustain our lives in the standard of living/consumption that we have grown accustomed to, even if we sustain an unsustainable economy and destroy our eco life support systems that allows all to survive. An old Chinese proverb said, “Unless you change direction you are apt to end up where you are headed. ” In words of a psychotherapist friend of mine said, “If we do what we have always done, we get what we have always gotten” In this case, a trashed planet. By living a lifestyle that solves major problems and practices “one planet living”, we can become the change we wish to see in the world. “One planet living” (vs. “six planet living” that the average American lives) requires that we practice ” simple living” and ” sustainable living” in a way that takes no more than what Mother Earth can regenerate and sustain thousands of generations without any loss in the carrying capacity of the land.
The world we live in collectively depends on the responsible contributions that each of us makes; it is only as good as each one of us makes it. As Margaret Mead, acclaimed anthropologist said. “Never doubt that a small group of dedicated individuals can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
It seems like many people who inquire about living at Hawaii Organic Farm (Popai) are humanists who cares a lot about people. I was more focused on humanism at one point in my life, but later realized how anthropocentric I was. I did understand how vital all beings are in the web of life to allow the survival of all, but I didn’t really understand the depths of my daily lifestyle of driving a car, eating meat, using lights at night, flushing a toilet, shopping for food, living with air conditioning, and heating, consuming cash crops, etc. on how they impacted other beings and was at the root cause of the destruction of our eco life support systems, food and clean water scarcity for one billion people (1 out of every 7 people), starvation/death of 35,000 people per day, and growing economic and social ills. I focused on helping people who were ill in hopes of seizing the opportunity to help motivate the patient and their family to take a more holistic approach to healing that would benefit the person, family, society and planet. I used biofeedback, imagery/self hypnosis, botanicals, osteopathic manipulation, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction techniques, bibliotherapy, psychotherapy, etc. in order to reduce the use of drugs and increase ones personal sense of efficacy/self reliance. I knew that health came from the farm rather than the pharmacy. After 25 years I realized that most folks love the attention, and the non drug therapy approaches but change so slowly in areas that require self motivation/lifestyle changes. It was as if most would reduce their consumption of bacon from 12 strips to 6. The masses change slowly; in baby steps, if at all. After living at Popai, I realized that the lifestyle I had grown up with in Los Angeles, was part of the cause of our social, environmental and most medical ills . Being a doctor, I wanted to solve the root health problems. We could buy organic food, meditate, exercise, nurture healthy relationships, but if our society/environment was filled with carcinogens, radiation, chemical toxins, wastes, injustice, diminishing biodiversity (other wise known as genocide to the tone of 150 species daily out of the 7-10 million present on Earth) impoverished soils, war, congestion, crime ridden neighborhoods, that the health of our society and individual bodies would suffer and still get ill. Living in the womb of mother nature in Hawaii, and in particular at Popai, showed me that real health requires that we address root causes of dis-ease, otherwise we are just mopping up a floor that has a broken faucet… Like spraying a squirt gun on a lava flow, or like putting a bandaid on an amputation. Our capitalist society thrives in an environment in which it creates more problems, that lead to mitigation and opens up new opportunities for business and higher costs of living for the people, rather than preventing the problems in the first place, which lowers the cost of living and allows us to have more time with friends, family, and just being human be-ings rather than human do-ings who scrambling around to and from work, having to make more money, and live more harried lives to support more consumption and economic expansion. We are very clever but not wise; we are like adolescents who are like ids/egos that want more instant/immediate/short term gratification without having the providence to see the ramifications of our actions in the long term. We need to re awaken to the “higher self” “the wiser, silent wisdom from within” and make him the captain of our ship that steers us in directions that lead to a just, sustainable, healthy planet for ourselves and future generations rather than letting our id/personality/ego/adolescent self be at the helm of our ship that leads us to immediate gratification at the expense of long term destruction of our eco life support systems that allow for our existence in the first place. Any time we need more to pay for our comforts, repair our poor health, consume more to try to fill our existentialist hole in our soul, we demand more of mother nature’s natural capital and diminish the real world bank which is now in debt half of the year (see Ecological Debt Day, also known as “Earth Overshoot Day). Are we not cutting off the hand that feeds us? Are we behaving like a cancer to the Earth?
I had to ask myself: how I could become the change I wished to see in the world? How could I become part of the solution rather than part of the problem? My role as a doctor/scientist/human being, became one of self examination and change in order to align with all that I have learned in life. I was very fortunate to get a great education but I realized that, “If I am not for myself who will be.
If I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now, when? ” Hillel
The question I ask myself is how far will I go to give up my habits, comforts, in order to allow others to exist. As Ghandi said, ” Live simple so others simply live.”
My question to you is, how far will you go? What will you give up and how hard will you physically labor to stop the insanity where 150 species go extinct each day and 35,000 people starve daily. If you compare the people around you as your social barometer, checking to see where you are in relationship to the mean, then baby steps are enough; yet we will only strive without arriving to the place where our scientists say we need to be to avoid cataclysm and the six wave of extinctions which will be the the first at the hands of man. All that I know is that I want to be a part of the solution rather than the problem, even if I can’t stop the progression. I still have to look at the man in the mirror…
Albert Einstein said,
A human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest
-a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to
our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Live local, think global and be hopeful
Rachel Carson, early in 1963 in one of her last lectures before her death from cancer. “….I suppose it is rather a new, and almost a humbling thought, and certainly one born of this atomic age, that man could be working against himself. In spite of our rather boastful talk about progress, and our pride in the gadgets of civilization, there is, I think, a growing suspicion-indeed, perhaps an uneasy certainty-that we have been sometimes a little too ingenious for our own good. In spite of the truly marvelous inventiveness of the human brain, we are beginning to wonder whether our power to change the face of nature should not have been tempered with wisdom for our own good, and with a greater sense of responsibility for the welfare of generations to come”
.”Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserve of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Live simple so others can simply live… Ghandi
,”The world provides enough to satisfy everyman’s need, but not everyman’s greed.” Ghandi
“Only after the last tree has been cut down” Only after the last fish has been caught Only after the last river has been poisoned Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten– Cree Native American saying–
Chief Seattle said, “This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man does not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”