Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte led yesterday's protest against University of Hawaii patenting of taro varieties.
In protest of taro patents: Demonstrators contest UH-Manoa rights to three taro varieties
Photos by Cindy Ellen Russell
A crowd of a few hundred people convened yesterday at Bachman Hall on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus to protest UH patents on taro plants.
Hawaiian charter school students performed a hula and built a stone altar, or na mamo o haloa, during the protest. Taro, or kalo, is considered sacred by Hawaiians.
Protesters also presented a letter to UH-Manoa Chancellor Denise Konan requesting that the university relinquish the patents on three varieties of Hawaiian taro plants. A university official has said it would be up to the scientists who own the patents to revoke them.
Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte led yesterday's protest.
Come to think of it... food is sacred to every one in some way. Which reminds me... I am trying to find a recipe for this awesome Vietnamese soup that they serve at Hale Vietnam in Kaimuki. I loved that soup. Still looking for a recipe. If ever in Kaimuki on Oahu... I strongly urge people to check out Hale Vietnam:
My mother introduced me to that restaurant.