Hemp production on agenda for KCA meeting

Should we be growing cannabis in South Maui? No, not marijuana, hemp – and there is a big difference.

Hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant – Cannabis Sativa L. The term hemp commonly refers to the industrial/commercial use of the cannabis stalk and seed for textiles, foods, papers, body care products, detergents, plastics and building materials. The term marijuana refers to the medicinal, recreational or spiritual use involving the smoking of cannabis flowers. Industrial hemp contains only about 0.3 to 1.5 percent Tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC), the intoxicating ingredients that make a person high, while marijuana contains about 5 to 10 percent or more THC. Hemp fiber is the longest, strongest and most durable of all natural fibers. Hemp cultivation requires no chemicals, pesticides or herbicides.

At this month’s Kihei Community Association meeting on April 15, Maui Farmers Union United President Vincent Mina will address agricultural practices including soil health, which could include replacing sugar cane with industrial hemp. Past KCA President George Rixey, a renowned architect, will converse about a single hemp product, hempcrete, and its use in construction as an improvement on concrete.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for conversation and pupu at the Kihei Charter School, 41 E. Lipoa St. No admission is charged, please bring nonperishables for Maui Food Bank.

Please ensure memberships are up to date. You are welcome even if you are not a member, but why not become one on Tuesday evening? We start at 6:30. Will you be there to take part?

Mike Moran


Kihei Community Association