Sovereignty in Siting a Food Hub:
The Umeke 'Ai Center of Molokai, Hawaii adresses Challenges of Decolonizing Food Distribution and Storage
A local nonprofit on a Hawaiian island is working to establish a food hub; through this, can they provide the island with improved food and food sovereignty?
Sustainable Molokai is a nonprofit local to the island. Their efforts include feeding the community, organizing support in emergency situations, and other methods of support. One project that has been in the works (and will continue to be) is finding a location and requirements for a sustainable food hub. This is known as the Umeke ‘Ai center, or “food bowl.”
Some background on the author
Before going any further, I want to acknowledge my position in writing this. I was born in Massachusetts, and am of European descent. My primary interests are sustainable food systems and their social intersections. I am relatively new to environmental justice as a whole, but given how much it intersects with food systems, it is important to analyze the project in this way.
This page is a process rather than a goal to be finished.
In this section, I will briefly discuss the history of Molokai, its people, their activist histories, and then return to discussing the project itself.