Saturday, April 13, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, September 28, 2013
More Papaya Trees Chopped as Anti-GMO Councilmembers Demand List of Future Targets
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 6039 Views :: Hawaii County , GMOs

As the Hawaii County Council considers an anti-GMO bill which would require farmers to "register" the locations of their GMO crop fields, another GMO Papaya field in Puna has been attacked by machete-wielding vandals.  The attack, which destroyed 100 papaya trees, occurred between Thursday night and Friday morning.  Friday was the date of the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association conference in Hilo.  Here is the coverage preceded by comments from Hawaii ag leaders: 

Hawaii Farmers for Choice: 

While the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association was gathering for their annual meeting Friday Sept. 27 and Mayor Billy Kenoi was speaking but one farmer was absent; he was at his field with police overlooking destruction of his trees. A sad discovery awaited his trees had been chopped down!....

The Hawaii County Council is asking farmers to register their locations; why would they? Taking away their constitutional rights and making farm locations public access is a threat to our farmers sustainability and opens them to additional eco terrorist attacks....

Alicia Maluafiti, HCIA:

Its eco-terrorism and yes - its time the public knows the truth about these people. The activists on the big island and around the state, including Roseanne Barr, have been calling for activists to do this for the past 4 months. Even Brenda Ford's own bill called for the papaya trees to be cut down and burned. This is violence against small papaya farmers - farms owned by local people who have lived on the big island for generations.

July 9, 2013: Rosanne Barr: We'll Burn Your GMO Crops Down

July, 2011: Papaya attack coincides with Worldwide Week of Eco Terrorism

Question:  What religion produces the most terror attacks in the USA each year?

Answer:  Environmentalism

Source: FBI: Eco-Terrorism Remains No. 1 Domestic Terror Threat

HTH: 100 Papaya Trees Cut Down 

Police said on Friday that about 100 papaya trees were cut down overnight Thursday at a farm off Highway 132 near the 4-mile marker. The victim, according to papaya grower and Hawaii Papaya Industry Association board member Peter Houle, is J.R. Bernardo. Bernardo is the son of Jimmy and Erlinda Bernardo of J and L Papaya Farm, who lost five acres to machete-wielding vandals in July 2011.

“He was very, very teary-eyed, his head down all day,” Houle said of J.R. Bernardo, who’s also a college student. Houle said that the young Bernardo has about three acres in production.

The trees were 3- to 4-feet tall and police put the damage estimate at $3,000.

“I think the real loss is inside that young man,” Houle said.

Houle, who said he leases the land from Lyman Estate and sublets it to the Bernardos and other farmers, stated that it looks like five individuals were involved in the vandalism.

“One was probably keeping watch, and they cut four lines. And they stopped at a certain point,” Houle said. “They were systematically cut down, four in a row. It looks like four people going right down the row, because it was done evenly.”...


"...somebody asked Jimmy Bernardo what was growing in those fields. Was it GMO? And the Bernardos’ field was cut down shortly thereafter..."

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Cala Arnold at 965-2716 or the police non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Those who prefer to anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

SA: Vandals destroy scores of papaya trees in Puna

There have been several other notable cases of vandalism against papaya farms over the last four years.

In May 2010 vandals chopped down 400 papaya trees at a farm in Mili­lani. The following month, some 8,500 papaya trees spread out over 17 acres in Kapoho were destroyed.

In August 2011 three adjoining papaya farms in lower Puna were targeted. In that case an unspecified number of trees spread out over 10 acres was destroyed.

Also, in June 2012 vandals knocked over 35 papaya trees at a small farm in the Keaau area of Puna.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii