The ihempHI.com group will set up tables at various storefront locations throughout Maui during National Hemp history Week, June 2 through 8, when shoppers will have an opportunity to learn more about industrial hemp and its importance to the island's environment, economy, agriculture, food supply and sustainability.
Participating stores include Whole Foods and Down to Earth in Kahului and the Lipoa Street Farmers Market, Safeway and Awakening in Paradise in Kihei.
Free product samples (limited supply) will be available. Hemp merchandise will also be on display for sale. Shoppers can also view mold-, mildew- and termite-resistant building materials made from hemp, watch the informative movie, "Bringing It Home," and pick up educational handouts.
On April 30, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Bill SB2175, legalizing the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes in Hawai‘i. The bill signing was attended by Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Sen. Mike Gabbard, UH Researcher Dr. Harry Ako, Denise Key of ihempHI.com and other supporters.
Look for discounts on hemp products sold at participating stores.
On April 30, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Bill SB2175, legalizing the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes in Hawai'i. This bill establishes a two-year industrial hemp research program for remediation and biofuel, making Hawai'i the 11th state to pass industrial hemp legislation.
In July, research will begins at the University of Hawai'i - Manoa.
Members of ihempHI.com hope Hawai'i becomes a sustainable, green state. Economic growth will lead to a new industry with new local business opportunities and jobs.
For more information and store updates, contact Denise Key at ihempHI@live.com, (810) 287-9253, or on Facebook.