Hawaii Center for Food Safety Action Fund Endorses Candidates

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Voters wait in line at Holy Trinity to vote on election day 2012
Voters wait in line at Holy Trinity to vote on election day 2012

HONOLULU — Hawaii Center for Food Safety Action Fund (HCFSAF), a group committed to educating voters on food safety issues, is making its first endorsements in the 2014 election cycle, backing the following 18 candidates:


  • Richard Creagan HD5 Hawaii (Naalehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kailua-Kona)
  • Nicole Ferguson HD42 Honolulu (Kapolei, Makakilo)
  • Faye Pua Hanohano HD4 Hawaii (Puna)
  • Robert Harris HD48 Honolulu (Kaneohe, Heeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Haiku Valley, Mokuoloe)
  • Dylan Hooser HD15 Kauai (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao)
  • Kaniela Ing HD11 Maui (Kihei, Wailea, Makena)
  • Chris Lee HD51 Honolulu (Lanikai, Waimanalo)
  • Matthew LoPresti HD41 Honolulu (Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe, West Loch)
  • Nicole Lowen HD6 Hawaii (North Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau)
  • Takashi Ohno HD27 Honolulu (Nuuanu, Liliha, Pauoa, Alewa Heights)
  • Cynthia Thielen HD50 Honolulu (Kaulua, Kaneohe Bay)


  • Terez Amato SD6 South and West Maui
  • Roger G. Clemente SD17 Honolulu (Waipahu, Pearl City, Crestview, Manana, Pacific Palisades)
  • J. Kalani English SD7 Maui (Kalawao, Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe)
  • Josh Green, MD SD3 Hawaii (Kona, Kau)
  • Lorraine Rodero Inouye SD4 Hawaii (Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona)
  • Gil Riviere SD23 Honolulu (Kunia, Schofield Barracks, Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleiwa, Kahuku, Laie, Kaaawa, Kaneohe)
  • Maile Shimabukuro SD21 Honolulu (Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, KoOina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Makua)

This nonpartisan, nonprofit, non-candidate political action committee engages in voter education, grassroots organizing and electoral activities, including legislative advocacy. Candidates were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their support for local farmers engaged in sustainable agricultural practices, food safety transparency labeling, protection of native species, home rule and access to locally grown food.

“These candidates have demonstrated their concern for and knowledge about food safety issues in Hawaii,” said Ashley Lukens, chair of HCFSAF. “Our goal of this political action committee is to educate voters about where the candidates stand on food safety, health and environment issues.”

“It is hard to compete with the dollars being spent by the agrichemical companies on campaign contributions, but through HCFSAF, and the volunteer energy it has helped harness, we can compete with voter power.”

Over the past two months, HCFSAF has established a statewide network of volunteer phone banks, engaging hundreds of volunteers, calling thousands of voters and identifying voters who care about sustainable food and farming issues.

Hawaii Center for Food Safety Action Fund is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, non-candidate committee engaging in education and electoral activities, including legislative advocacy, voter education, and grassroots organizing.

Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety Action Fund is committed to promoting ecological diversity, protecting public health, and nurturing historical and cultural connections to land through our focus on safe and sustainable food and agriculture policies.

To do this, we need elected officials who will stand up to biotech and agrichemical companies and support local and sustainable farming practices in Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety Action Fund educates voters on Hawaiʻi candidates and where they stand on food safety issues.

Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety Action Fund has 3 goals: Educate Hawaiʻi voters on candidates’ positions on food safety issues; Mobilize community members to vote for endorsed candidates on Election Day and Affect public policy during the legislative session.





  1. Don't be fooled by the Washington, D.C. based Center for Food Safety being a innocuous organization. They are anti-technology in every form and fashion, except in getting their information out there. They are one of the groups that sue parties then later use a loophole in the Equal Access to Justice Act to get themselves paid. They use their non-profit status to get tax exemptions for their actions and turn around and collect back from the taxpayers. The same goes for Earthjustice, which is the legal arm of the Sierra Club, and all the other groups involved in our islands from the Pesticide Action Network of North America, the Surfrider Foundation and the other Hawaiian sounding ones that they started up.

    If you notice, it's not farmers speaking up about how to farm, it's the environmentalists trying to dictate to farmers how to farm.

  2. You very nicely skirted the fact that the Hawaii Center for Food Safety is SUPERPAC created by the Center for Food Safety to push their agenda not preserve Hawaii's sustainability or preserve affordable food for Hawaii! Support ALL Hawaii Farmers and not a divided, divisive agenda that takes away from our sustainability.

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