Canning House Essay Competition 2011 Pistols


Free webinars for AIGA members | July 6, 2012 | show

AIGA will be running two sets of webinars this summer: A new round of Breakthroughs webinars ( co-presented by Adobe, and a brand-new series presented with Aquent, Industry Insights (

Free for AIGA members.


4×4: Architecture and Design Film Series | Thursday, June 21, 2012 — June 24, 2012 | show

“4×4: Architecture and Design Film Series” is a mini festival of 4 films in 4 nights presented by Interisland Terminal. 4×4 showcases design in multiple facets.

AIGA members can receive a 20% discount by using the code “AIGA” when purchasing tickets.

To purchase your tickets or for more information, please click here.
Show times and movie synopses can be found immediately below.

DESIGN & THINKING (Sponsored by AIGA Honolulu)
Thursday, 6/21, 9PM & Sunday, 6/24, 7PM
Design Thinking was applied as a term and methodology in 2008. It was received as a tool to solve every problem, from daily life decisions to business challenges to world hunger problems. Attention and debates followed; some insisted on design education in all K-12 schools, some declared it to be nothing more than just marketing tool, some hoped it would turn his company into Apple.
View the trailer here

Thursday/June21/7PM & Sunday/June24/9PM
Prestigious, yet controversial, English-Iraqi deconstructionist architect and designer Zaha Hadid has won numerous awards ranging from the Pritzker prize in 2004 to the Praemium Imperiale in 2009. This film documents some of her most acclaimed international projects while providing insightful commentary from Guggenheim Foundation’s Tom Krens, architect Patrick Schumacher, and photographer Helene Binet among others.

Friday/June22/9PM & Saturday/June23/7PM
From Gary Hustwit—the director of Helvetica and Objectified—comes Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
View the trailer here

Friday/June21/7PM & Saturda/June23/9PM
Pool Party is the story of a once-abandoned swimming pool in Brooklyn, the largest of which New York City has ever seen, that sat empty for two decades before becoming the site of one of the most unique music venues in the world to date. The film wittingly utilizes the story of McCarren Pool as a backdrop to trace the underlying path of urban gentrification in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The film features venue footage of performances by the Yea Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, and the Beastie Boys among many others during the chronicling of this unique venue’s final season.
View the trailer here


DUI 3 | June 14, 2012 | show

DUI3: Drawing Under the Influence 2012
Save the Date! June 14th is Drawing Near!

The ultimate competition of drawing and drama returns this summer! Grab some sketchy friends and start putting your teams together for AIGA Honolulu’s own version of Team Pictionary! Who will be crowned this year’s drawsome DUI champ?

DATE: Thursday, June 14
TIME: 6:30pm–9:30pm
LOCATION: TheVenue, 1144 Bishop Street


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION [Register by May 25 & save!]*
Admission includes Entry Fee, Buffet Dinner, DUI Event T-shirt, and
Draw-dropping Fun. No host cocktails.

• AIGA Members $30
• AIGA Student Members $25
• Non-members $35
• Student Non-members $30
• Wallflowers (attending, but not participating) $20

REGULAR REGISTRATION [No later than June 1]

• If registering after May 25, please add $5 per person to the above prices.

Hurry, space is limited. This event will sell out.

*Prices are per person. Teams may consist of 4–8 players per team. Priority will be given to full teams that register. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

…AND REMEMBER: If you draw, don’t drive.
For more information, please visit


2 Workshops: CS6 & Muse | May 25, 2012 | show


Friday, May 25, 2012 • 8:30am – 3:30pm

UH Manoa Art Auditorium (2535 McCarthy Mall, Room 132)

Parking available in the Parking Structure for $5 in cash
AIGA Professional & Student Members • $20

AIGA Non-Members • $25

Refreshments and light lunch included

Questions? Email us:

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Workshop 1:

Adobe CS6 + Creative Cloud

Friday, May 25 • 8:30–11:30am

  • Update your game with improved speed thanks to new performance engines in Photoshop Extended and Illustrator, which let you work faster than ever before with large, complex files and applying creative effects such as blurs, glows, and drop shadows.
  • Learn to efficiently create beautiful repeating patterns in Illustrator.
  • Discover how to efficiently repurpose content for print and digital applications by creating alternate versions of an InDesign layout within the same document.
  • Leverage dozens of timesaving enhancements that let you streamline routine design and production tasks without compromising quality or control.
  • Work with video in Photoshop Extended.
  • Explore the 400+ web fonts that come with Muse, serviced by Typekit.
  • Share files with colleagues and clients wherever you are, using cloud-based storage and device syncing capabilities.
  • •See how Creative Cloud membership gives you upgrades to all new versions upon release, plus new features and services between releases.

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Workshop 2:

Adobe “Muse” (Code Name)

Friday, May 25 • 12:30–3:30pm

Under the gun to deliver your designs for print, websites and now iPads? Adobe has been hard at work developing new technologies that will allow you to design HTML websites or immersive publications for the iPad, as easily as if you were laying out a page in InDesign. This workshop will introduce you to two new technologies that really do make designing digital experiences as easy as designing for print.


UHM Portfolio Show: ADDITION | May 10, 2012 | show

ADDITION + BFA Graphic Design Portfolio Show

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa BFA Graphic Design class would be
honored by your presence at their 2012 portfolio show. They will be
showcasing a wide range of work, including print, web, and
conceptually driven projects. For employers, this is a wonderful
opportunity to meet 13 new and creative minds eager to learn and
experience more in the design field. If you are a student considering
an art or design degree at UHM this is a good venue to obtain more
information about the program and see examples of student work.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Honolulu Design Center,
1250 Kapi’olani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

Food and drink provided by Stage Restaurant
Covered valet parking available

Shyrah Esteban
Franklin Hiraoka
Victoria Hiraoka
Elizabeth Kaho’ohanohano
Erica Kunihisa
Kaleena Kwe
Jessica Larsen
Maria Lieber
Christina Lugo
Rebecca Mangrobang
Amy Ngo
Ian Ryan
Karen Tanigawa


KCC Portfolio Show: The Works of New Media Arts | May 9, 2012 | show

The Works of New Media Arts

Be sure to come view the demo reels and portfolios from the graduating
animation and interface design students of the New Media Arts program
at Kapi’olani Community College. For those of you looking to hire a 3D
animator, designer, web designer, or html/css front end coder, or for
those of you thinking about taking a class in design or animation at
KCC—this is a great opportunity to learn more about the program, meet
the faculty and see examples of student work.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
6:00pm – 7:00pm INDUSTRY ONLY
7:00pm – 8:00pm OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
The 2011 NMA Practicum short “The Spare” will be screened at 7:00pm

Kapi’olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816
ILIAHI Rooms 123ABC (near Subway)

Event Site:
Program Info:

Ashley Alodino
Ryan Choy
Byron Heal
Valerie Kawasaki
Myra Lam
Khang Le
Aaron Low
Kari Ann Matsumura
Jonathan Paulo
Melissa Romano
Troy Toyozaki

Interface Designers
Shelby Burns
Virginia Fajardo
Lori Fukumura
Tiffany Higa
Jason Karioka
Annie Kwok
Chris Malkus
Jason Mudrick
Arlyn Ramos
David Teehee


HCC Portfolio Show: IMPOSSIBLE | May 2, 2012 | show


As designers, we find that we are constantly challenged with finding
creative solutions to seemingly impossible tasks. The Honolulu
Community College’s Communication Arts Program has a group of 15
young, talented, and aspiring designers that would like to extend an
invitation for you to come and experience our portfolio show. Here,
you will have an opportunity to view our design and print work where
we make the impossible, possible.

Camille Agojo
Kori Alimaza
Richard Barbasa
Ericka Bueno
Arnel Dela Cruz
Kristin Kono
Candide Krieger
Zach Lagrimas
Lisa Miyagi
Kea Peters
Reese Sakuye
Aziel Sawai
Davis Silva
Chris Viernes
Daniela Voicescu

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
3:00pm – 8:30pm

Honolulu Community College
Building 2 Room 201
874 Dillingham Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817

Parking Information:
Please park in parking lot C
For map and further information, please visit


Hawaii’s 5-0 Traveling Exhibition | Nov 21, 2011–Apr 21, 2012 | show

The Traveling Exhibition

Go to the Hawaii 5-0’s website to view full schedule and venues.

November 21, 2011 – April 21, 2012


9th Annual AIGA Design Learn & Become (LAB) | March 24–25, 2011 | show

This year marks the 9th Annual AIGA Design Learn & Become (LAB) Workshop, which will take place March 24-25 at Mililani High School.

The AIGA Design LAB’s objectives are to give young students from various high schools across the island hands-on experience in learning the fundamentals of graphic design, the design process and the importance of the role of a graphic designer.

Local practitioners facilitate group sessions for a weekend workshop, allowing students to brainstorm concepts, sketch layouts, present ideas and compose the final designs on the computer. In the process, students learn how to stimulate their creative thinking and how to problem solve, as well as to hone their presentation and verbal skills.

Help us spread the word by liking it on Facebook.

If you would like to help out by lending your expertise to the program, please email Leslie at


The AIGA Honolulu Design Forum 2012 | March 18, 2011 | show

The AIGA Honolulu Design Forum 2012

AIGA Honolulu is pleased to present the 2012 Design Forum. The purpose of this forum is to create more interaction between design students and recent alumni with the professional design community. A panel of designers will present their work in short slide presentations, answer questions from the audience and be available to review student work.

Sunday, March 18, 2012
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Art and Art History Department Building
Art Auditorium
*Free Parking | Map

AIGA Student Members – FREE
All Others – $5

Guest Speakers
Anne Bush – UHM
Clifford Cheng – VOICE
Dave Daniels – MVNP
Chris Gargiulo – KCC
Darin Isobe – PacificBasin Communications
Arne Knudson – GiddyMachine
Heather Park – Scenic Design
Bernard Uy – Wall-to-Wall Studios
Kuni Yamamoto – Clarence Lee Design & Associates

Event Schedule
11:30am—12:00pm | Meet and Greet, Portfolio Registration (Refreshments Served)
12:00pm—12:45pm | Opening Remarks, Presentation of Work
12:45pm—2:00pm | Moderated Question and Answer Session
2:00pm—3:00pm | Individual Student Portfolio Reviews

Individual Student Portfolio Review
If you are a student that is interested in having an individual portfolio review by any one of the guest speakers, please bring your portfolio of no more than 10 pieces and register at the designated table located near the front entrance to the auditorium. Reviewers will be randomly assigned at the event.

For web, interactive, and online pieces you will need to provide your own laptop or tablet device. Each individual session will last between 10-15 minutes so please plan accordingly in regards to the volume of work you choose to display.

Portfolio Registration | 11:30am—12:00pm.
Individual Portfolio Review | 2:00pm—3:00pm.

Header image courtesy of Ian Ryan.



The American Advertising Federation District 13 has issued its Call-for-Entries for the 2011–2012 PELE Awards Competition.

The annual PELE Awards Competition recognizes exceptional advertising and design work created in the State of Hawaii. The PELE Awards honor advertising and design excellence in all media including print, online, broadcast, out-of-home and public service advertising.

For more information visit


Hawaii’s 5-O Design Competition and Award Show | November 19, 2011 | show


The winning selections will be announced at the Award Show on Saturday, November 19, 2011 acknowledging and congratulating the creators of the Top 50 Print + Environmental Graphics entries and Top 25 Web entries created in the State of Hawaii. From these winning selections, the Top 5 Print + Environmental Graphics entries and Top 3 Web entries will be acknowledged and presented with trophies for creating the best designs in the 50th State. Separate from the winning designs, the Top 3 Student entries will be recognized and awarded from student submissions.

Benefits from winning include:

  • The ability for winners to showcase work, and vie for industry recognition.
  • Announcement of the winners in publications throughout the State.
  • Publication in our Hawaii’s 5-O Winners Book.
  • Widespread promotion in the Hawaii’s 5-O Traveling Exhibit.
  • A prestigious Award of Excellence honoring your achievements.

AUGUST 8 – AUGUST 26, 2011
Hawaii’s 5-O entries accepted at Electric Pencil during the hours of 8:00am – 4:30pm Electric Pencil · 501 Summer Street, #3B1 · Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii’s 5-O Design Competition Judging

NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Last day to RSVP to Hawaii’s 5-O Award Show

NOVEMBER 19, 2011
Hawaii’s 5-O Award Show at the Bishop Museum Winners will be announced and awarded

  • SEAN ADAMS • [ AdamsMorioka LA ]
  • LUCILLE TENAZAS • [ Tenazas Design NY/NJ ]

All entries must have been designed and produced in the State of Hawaii within the period of September 2, 2009 through August 15, 2011. Submissions can be made by anyone associated with the entry, however, it is recommended that all parties involved in the submission be mentioned. For “Print + Environmental Graphics” entries, unpublished work and advertisements are ineligible. The design firm, designer, project name, printer, and client must be specified on the entry form for eligibility.

All print entries must be designed and offset or digitally printed in Hawaii. Posters, Books: Do not mount. Logos: B/W and color logo mounted on a 16″ x 20″ black core mat board (not foam core) with a printed sample of the logo. Packaging: Must always be submitted as actual pieces, even if oversized (this includes CDs). Do not mount. Stationery: Includes a letterhead, one business card and an envelope. Second sheet may also be included. Considered a single entry. Entries must be mounted on a 16″ x 20″ black core mat board (not foam core). Corporate Identity: Includes logos/trademarks, stationery, envelopes, folders, identity manuals. Considered a single entry. Entries must be mounted on a 16″ x 20″ black core mat board (not foam core). Screen-Printed T-shirts: Do not mount. Calendars, Annual Reports, Book Jackets/Covers, Brochures, Catalogs, Newsletters, Invitations, Announcements and all other types of printed materials: Entries must be mounted on black core mat board (not foam core), not to exceed 16″ x 20″. Environmental Graphics: All environmental graphics must have been designed in the State of Hawaii. Applications include, but are not limited to, signage, wayfinding systems, mapping, exhibition design, themed environments, retail spaces, sports facilities, and special-event atmospherics. Submit photographs as necessary to represent overall features and design details of graphic elements mounted on a black core mat board (not foam core), not to exceed 16″ x 20″.

[ WEB ]
All web entries may be submitted as a Mac or PC-based CD-ROM containing four screenshots from the project. Please include the full web address of the site on the CD-ROM. Website entries must work within the latest versions of Safari, Internet Explorer, or Firefox web browsers. List all plug-ins required for the web browser (i.e., Flash, QuickTime, etc.). Website entries must be published on the Internet for a client or as a self-promotional piece. All entries must be in English. An entry form must be submitted with each piece.

Open to college students only. All work created while attending school must be submitted in this category. Student work must abide by the “Print + Environmental Graphics” and “Web” criteria. Work is not required to be published and may be a self-promotional piece. Student entry fee is $20 per entry. Three outstanding students shall receive an award certificate and a oneyear AIGA student membership. Do not complete the entry form attached to the Call for Entries. Go to the website at to download student entry forms.


A completed entry form must accompany each piece submitted. Affix the entry form to the upper right hand corner of the back of the black core mat board. For unmounted entries, an entry form needs to be attached to the piece. Work will not be returned unless special arrangements are made prior to the deadline date. Please package entries. Clearly mark each package “Hawaii’s 5-O” (number each package if you are sending multiples with “1 of –, 2 of –, etc.”) and include a completed official sheet with package. For additional entry forms, please photocopy or download a fillable PDF at

$40 for members
$60 for non-members
$20 for students

Members of AAF–Hawaii and Ad2 Honolulu must provide a photocopy showing proof of current membership. If ten pieces are entered, the eleventh entry fee is waived. Payments are to be made in full (by check or money order) in U.S. funds. Entries that are submitted without payment will be rejected. One payment may be used for multiple entries. Make checks payable to: AIGA Honolulu Chapter.

Friday, August 26, 2011 • 4:30pm
You may deliver or mail entries to Electric Pencil, 501 Summer Street, #3B1, Honolulu, HI 96817 from August 8, 2011 to August 26, 2011, from 8:00am to 4:30pm. All entries must be delivered to Electric Pencil by 4:30pm on Friday, August 26, 2011. Electric Pencil is only a drop-off point. They will not be able to answer “Hawaii’s 5-O” questions. For neighbor island entrants, please send by mail or courier to arrive no later than August 26, 2011.

For more information, please contact Angelica Rabang at or 596.4777.


Designer Dialogue Series with 2011 Hawaii’s 5-O Judge Christopher Simmons | September 1, 2011 | show

Christopher Simmons1 will be at the UH Manoa Art Auditorium2 Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:00pm for a Designer Dialogue.

Christopher Simmons, owner of MINE™, was past president of AIGA San Francisco, was named Who’s Who in America of Emerging Leaders, and was deemed one of the “People to Watch in 2004” by Graphic Design USA. His award-winning studio has produced numerous books including Color Harmony: Logos and LogoLab and his work has been featured in dozens of publications including Graphis, HOW, STEP, and Dynamic Graphics. Clients include Bank of America, UCLA, Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, and Kaiser Permanente.

Join us for an intimate discussion with Christopher on his work, client relations, design philosophy, what he looks for when judging or whatever’s on your mind. Write any question on the front of this card and turn it in at the door. No holds barred. Make it count.

View a Demo Reel of Christopher’s Work Here

AIGA Members $10
Non-members $15

AIGA Student Members FREE
Non-member Students $5

1w w • w w w.christopherchsim • @thisiscchs

2 2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, Hawaii


Design for Good: 2011 AIGA Chapter Luncheon | August 4, 2011 | show

Join your local design community and fellow AIGA members for our annual Chapter Luncheon! Receive up-to-date information on the status of our chapter, meet your new board of directors, network with industry professionals, learn about designing for good, and find out what’s the latest on the Hawaii’s 5-O Show.

12:00 NOON – 2:00 PM

1121 Nu’uanu Avenue

$20 – AIGA Members/Student Members
$30 – NonMembers

Please pay at the door. Make checks payable to “AIGA Honolulu.”


Email your reservations to
Include your name, company and number of people.
Due to catering requirements, NO SHOWS WILL BE BILLED

Parking is available at the Smith-Beretania Municipal lot. Entrance is located on Beretania.

Please call Alan at 595-6222

Printing and mailing by Zoombis, a division of HonBlue


KCC New Media Arts Demo Reel and Design Portfolio | May 12, 2011 | show

Kapi’olani Community College—New Media Arts presents

New Media Arts Demo Reel and Design Portfolio 2011

Be sure to come celebrate and check out the demo reels and portfolios from the graduating animation and interface design students of the New Media Arts program at Kapi’olani Community College.

For those of you looking to hire a 3D animator, designer, web designer, or html/css front end coder, or for those of you thinking about taking a class in design or animation at KCC—this is a great opportunity to learn more about the program, meet the faculty and see examples of student work.


Interface Designers: REYNALDO M. MINN •

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Thursday, May 12, 2011



The 2011 NMA Practicum short “Caretaker” will be screened at 7PM

Kapi’olani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816

ILIAHI Rooms 123ABC (near Subway)
(Driving Directions and Parking)

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For more event information contact:
Ailed Garcia or 808 343 9565

For more information about our program visit:

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Event funded by the generous support of KCC’s Office of Student Activities.



UHM Graphic Design Portfolio Show | May 11, 2011 | [spoiler]


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HCC Portfolio Show |May 4, 2011 | show

Hey you,
We want to let you know we have a handful of newly reformed inmates, ready to work their butts off. They’ve served their time here in the clink and are ready to kick ass in the Design community.
You can have a chance to bail out these designers and help them redeem themselves in society.
HCC Correctional Center

May 4, 2011 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Adobe® CS5.5 Workshop | April 25, 2011 | show

Presented by AIGA Honolulu & Adobe® in partnership with Honolulu Community College, Communication Arts Program


Come and see the latest and greatest and learn what’s new from Adobe! All attendees will be entered to win a full Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium! (A $1,899 value!) Winner must be present to win.

Monday, April 25, 2011
10:00 am – 3:15 pm
Honolulu Community College, Building 2
2nd Floor Auditorium (Dinosaur Room)

Session 1 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
What’s new in Creative Suite 5.5 for designers
Session 2 • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Create interactive content without writing code with CS5.5 Design Premium

FREE for AIGA Members & AIGA Student Members!
Non-Members: $10 • Student Non-Members: $5
Space is limited. RSVP required by April 22, 2011.
FREE parking. Please place direct mailer on your dashboard.

Session 1 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (with 2 breaks)

What’s new in Creative Suite 5.5 for designers

CS5.5 Design Premium offers new creative tools, the ability to deliver ideas faster in print and create interactive content without writing code, plus it works with CS Live online services to maximize your design time by streamlining critical non-design tasks.

At this half-day workshop, you will:

  • Discover how you can finish routine tasks, from masking images to adjusting layouts to finessing strokes, more quickly and efficiently with new features in Photoshop CS5.5 Extended, Illustrator CS5.5, and InDesign CS5.5.
  • Learn how to turn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator artwork into high-quality interactive content without writing code with new Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5.
  • Find out how you can add attentiongrabbing interactivity, animation, video, and sound to your digital documents and presentations—all in InDesign CS5.5 without learning new software.
  • Find out how you can maximize design time by streamlining critical processes like client reviews with CS Review and previewing web pages on leading browsers and operating systems with BrowserLab. CS Review and BrowserLab are part of Adobe CS Live online services, which work with Design Premium and are complimentary for a limited time.

Session 2 • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Create interactive content without writing code with CS5.5 Design Premium

Print design and production still makes up the bulk of a designers workload, but increasingly designers need to either repurpose print designs for digital distribution, or create designs for fully digital projects like websites. CS5.5 Design Premium gives designers the tools they need to create interactive content without writing code. See how easy it is to transform artwork from InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator into engaging digital content.

At this hour-long workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to turn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator artwork into high-quality interactive content withoutwriting code with new Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5.
  • Find out how you can add attentiongrabbing interactivity, animation, video, and sound to your digital documents and presentations—all in InDesign CS5.5 without learning new software.
  • See how you can export InDesign documents for Adobe Digital Editions, a desktop reading application for devices such as the Amazon Kindle, the Sony e-Book reader, and the Barnes & Noble nook.


2010-2011 Pele Awards | show


Aloha and Welcome to the 2010-11 Pele Awards Competition.

The Pele Awards is a creative competition designed to recognize the best advertising and design work created in Hawaii during the preceding calendar year.

The Pele Awards is a District 13 National ADDY Competition. All Pele Award winners are automatically forwarded to compete in the National ADDY competition with the winners announced on June 4, 2011 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel & Resort.

The Pele Awards is open to any individual, company and/or organization engaged in the business of advertising or design work in the State of Hawaii.

There is no limit to the number of entries a person or company can enter. Work entered in the Pele Awards cannot be entered in any other ADDY competition across the country.

New for this year:

1. You must submit each entry using the new “Official Entry Envelope” that is available at no charge. Please email to request yours.

2. A CD with a PDF file for each entry is required for all Print Entries (or any entries that can be represented by a still graphic).

The file will be used to show on the Large screen for the 2011 Pele Awards Show. To enter the Pele Awards, work must have been conceived and created within the Hawaiian Islands, although production services may be used outside of Hawaii.

All work entered in the PELE (ADDY) Competition must have first appeared in the media between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

SharonJune 21st, 2011

Note: Rerun time – I’m spending this week getting ready for the final home visit.  After a disastrous visit by a social worker (not ours, thankfully) who was appalled by our farm and way of life, I’m not taking any chances.  So you get re-runs – but this is at least 3 years old and bears repeating, IMHO.  I’ve met so many people over the years who never expected to be pregnant (or pregnant again), caring for a grandchild or sibling’s child, etc…  Crises breed (so to speak) these sorts of situations – so please, even if you think you are past babies, or not going to conceive yourself, do think about it.)

This week I’m going to spend a lot of time on specific needs, and how to adapt your food storage to meet those needs.  Among the most common special circumstances is a childbearing woman, infant or young children.  Even if you personally are male or past childbearing, you may end up being the place of respite for family who have these issues in a crisis, and it is, IMHO, important to think about them.  I have encountered many people over the years who never expected to see their children suddenly arrive back home, to end up raising their nephews or grandchildren, or never expected to get pregnant (or pregnant again) and did.  Do not think that this information could never be relevant to most of us.  Remember, plans are good – but plans go awry regularly.

The first, and probably most essential component here is water.  I know a lot of people respond to my discussions of storing water as “ok, we’ve moved into total whack-job territory.”  And yet, I’m going to say that this is particularly important if your household includes or might include pregnant women, infants or very young children who are especially vulnerable to disease, parasites and chemical contaminations.  They also all have very little toleration for dehydration or water stress.

So if you have or might have young children, pregnant women or infants, store water, and have a way of filtering water in the long term.  If you have a limited supply of filtered or known safe water, and are worried about contamination, the last people to touch potentially contaminated water should be children or pregnant women – lifelong consequences are possible.

Pregnant women need more water and more of some nutrients.  Storing a pregnancy multivitamin if you could potentially become pregnant is not a bad idea.  Regular multivitamins will mostly suffice, though, if a varied diet is possible.  Folate (found in eggs and greens) and protein are particularly important - make sure pregnant women get more of these foods.

One issue for pregnant women may be nausea – on a food storage diet it is particularly difficult to deal with food issues.  To the extent you can, women in early pregnancy suffering from nausea should be accomodated in any way possible - the reality is that hunger makes the nausea worse and can result in a “death spiral” of being unable to eat or keep anything down long enough to deal with hunger induced increases in nausea.  This can cause dehydration, occasionally even death.  So if you are relying on food storage and have a sick pregnant woman, do the best you can to find something she can eat, if you know you plan to be pregnant and have specific triggers you might consider storing them, also if you plan to be pregnant, sea bands or ginger might work (nothing worked for me ;-) but I mention it).

Otherwise, pregnancy doesn’t require special foods.  But infants do.  Infants under 4 months (6 months is considered ideal) should be exclusively breast-fed whenever possible.  Breastfeeding is essential – and in a crisis, it can actually save lives.  Formula often becomes unavailable in a crisis, and a nursing mother can not only keep her own infant hydrated (even if she is suffering from dehydration she will continue to make some milk) but potentially other infants as well who can drink expressed milk in a bottle or cup or be taught to nurse (sometimes).  While not every woman can nurse, far more can than do, and for longer than most American women do. There’s more on the value of this here:

But what about women who can’t nurse, or those who adopt? And, for that matter, I’m going to say something that most mothers don’t like to hear.  We aren’t immortal or invulnerable – trust me, I know how it feels to believe that you have to be ok, because your children depend so much on you.  But things happen sometimes to mothers.  And the survival of our babies and children shouldn’t depend on the ability of any one adult to be present and to feed them.  So having some kind of backup situation makes sense.

That backup situation could be another lactating woman in close proximity, it could be a goat (not a cow), or it could be a store of infant formula.  I know that we should whenever possible, store what we use and vote with our dollars.  But every time I had a baby, before I gave birth, my husband and I bought a six month supply of generic, cheap infant formula.  It lasts about 2 years in storage (and unopened can be safely used for another year or two, but will lose nutritional value and may not adequate, so do this only in a dire emergency to keep a baby alive – a wet nurse or goat would be better) and before it expired, we would give it to our local food pantry that always desperately needed formula.

I am a passionate advocate of breastfeeding – but I care much more that babies live even if their Moms aren’t around, or can’t nurse them, and someone be able to take care of the babies around them. Only you know if your circumstance merits doing this, but it is something to think seriously about – I think of it as a charitable donation, one I hope never to need myself.

Once an infant is 4 months old (again, six is considered optimal, but by 5 months my kids were always grabbing food out of my mouth at the table, so thought they were ready), you can gradually begin transitioning them to mashed up solids.  (Actually, when I was an infant, solids were begun as early as 6 weeks – this is not recommended now, but if formula or breastmilk were in short supply, it could be considered – again, do it only if you have to.)  Waiting longer is considered better, particularly if you have a family history of food allergies.

Babies don’t need “baby food” per se, although it is good to start them on mashed up very simple, low allergen foods like white rice, greens, potatoes or orange vegetables.   But again, they should be primarily getting their food from mother’s milk, goat’s milk or formula until nearly a year – babies need a high fat, high protein, high quality diet.  If you think they may come into your orbit, store for them.

Young children, under 2, need more fat than most people, so storing some extra high fat food is a good idea.  Fish oil is a particularly useful thing if you can keep it cool, because it enhances brain development. Otherwise, they simply need a balanced, healthy diet.  But this can be tough with young children, since toddlers often are extremely picky eaters.  This means that storing familiar foods and getting kids familiar with whole foods used in storage is especially important.

Toddler pickiness has some evolutionary advantages – as they get more mobile, they get more choosy about what they eat, which is protective.  It is helpful to recognize that this is a passing stage, and just concentrate on finding foods they like.  Remember also that toddlers often have to encounter an unfamiliar food over and over again before they will try it – keep trying.   Generally speaking, if they aren’t making a radical dietary transition – that is a complete break from familiar foods – which they shouldn’t be, since we’re all trying to eat what we store – kids won’t generally do themselves any harm.

For healthy older children, I think a low-tolerance policy towards picky eating is important – I’ve written more about getting over picky eating here.  And again, kids make it extra-urgent that you begin eating out of your food storage regularly.


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