2018 Hawai’i Global Breadfruit, Tech & Health Summit opens Monday
Honolulu, HI — The Hawaii 2018 Global Breadfruit, Technology & Health Summit being hosted by the University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) will be held at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Lai’e, Oahu, Hawai’i, October 15-17.
Inaugurated in 2016, it is the third consecutive global summit of its kind. Experts, scientists and practitioners from Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and the Caribbean will join Hawai’i’s agricultural leaders together with US commercial interests in the region to discuss resource supply, global technology and engineering experts in milling, flour making, product development and manufacturing, food security, disaster preparedness, and more.
The Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore Courtyard Marriott and Veteran Enterprise Development, Caravan Arabia LLC are sponsoring the event.
Leading scientific food expert engineers, Pacific health researchers, medical doctors and native health practitioners recognize research and development that proves breadfruit has significant health benefits to stop diabetes, obesity and global hunger.
Global experts on agro-foresty, climate change, and mobile technology for islands will tout Pacific ulu on the world stage. Focus on coastal and remote rural communities to transform waste into practical value by-products for soil enrichment; and environmental cleanup and energy will also be highlighted. Notable speakers are from Fiji, England, Virgin Islands, Samoa, Hawai’i, US Commerce Department, Trinidad and Tobago, NOAA, PIFON, Kansas State, and more.
Ulu can be used to make ice cream, pasta, cheesecake, pies, vodka, and more. By-product developments include, pesticide, latex and biochar, a valuable soil amendment rich in carbon, and more potent than the leading commercial fertilizers.
Dr. Tusi Avegalio, Director, Pacific Business Center Program says, “It’s time to put Pacific ulu on the world stage. The health and economic benefits are limitless. We’re bringing together health experts, scientists, and cultural leaders who recognize that we’re facing environmental issues, including waste. We know how to convert by-products using technologies that best benefit humanity.
“Planting ulu, milling it into flour that replaces wheat and corn, product development, and manufacturing – the answer is ulu because it can be applied to many environments. Plus, every participant at this summit is dedicated to protecting the future for our children and elderly — for food security and disaster preparedness.
“Our strength is weaving together the shared information and expertise, and from a cultural perspective, to generate more spiritual capital of aloha, integrity, respect, humility and forgiveness. This will add to the overall wealth of people everywhere.
“With technology, and a unified effort between nations, we can improve the health of all people in the Pacific region. Ulu can reduce diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol. Because it’s natural, unprocessed, and rich in vitamins, ulu is an ideal diet food full of antioxidants. Most importantly, it’s the perfect food for surviving an emergency. Ulu can make the difference,” Dr Avegalio stated.
The Ka Ulu Kupa’a Award will be presented to Auntie Shirley Ann Pualani Kauhaihao, a Hilo resident and founder of Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu, a project to revitalize 'ulu in Hawai’i.
Cultural presentations will be made by Ipu A. Lefiti (American Samoa), recipient of the American Samoa Bar Association Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award for her work against domestic violence and child sexual abuse; Kahu Kalani Souza, Director of the Olohana Foundation, that focuses on building community capacity, cohesiveness, resilience, and emergency preparedness around food, energy, water, and knowledge systems.