HUNGRY SAILORS

HUNGRY SAILORS

{ Solidarity not Charity }

There are hundreds of international sailors, mostly holding Indonesian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Kiribatian passports, docked at the Honolulu Harbor. The sailors are at sea for months at a time. Since they do not have visas to enter the US, they are not allowed to leave the piers. A group of volunteers visits weekly as members of a pop-up clinic to offer them medical and translation support. They include doctors, healthcare workers, medical students, college students, interpreters and dentists. Before COVID there were also physical therapists, chiropractors, nurses, nurse practitioners … This initiative was started by a pastor but it is not religion-based. Their focus is to support the sailor’s practical needs. The group also receives donations of medicine and other supplies, including a van!

The HUNGRY SAILOR project is to add fresh produce to the services of the pop-up clinic. While their bosses do purchase them some vegetables, they could use a lot more. Quite a few of them have high blood pressure and/or diabetes, and the sailors are generally more accustomed to a high vegetable diet as opposed to meat. The enticement of fresh produce could also encourage them to visit the pop-up clinic more often.

If you have fresh produce you want to share, read on…

More information? info@nomoola.com / on instagram @hawaii_freestore

2023 DROP OFF

There are currently 2 areas where fresh produce can be dropped off, according to the following schedule and details:

April 7 – North Shore

April 14 – take a break

April 21 – Kaneohe

April 28 – North Shore

May 4 – take a break

May 12 – Kaneohe

May 19 – North Shore

May 26 – take a break

June 2 – Kaneohe

June 9 – North Shore

June 17 – take a break

June 16 – Kaneohe

June 23 – North Shore

June 30 – take a break

July 7 – Kaneohe


Kaneohe – Fridays between 9am and noon at 47-021 Lihikai Drive. Confirm drop-offs with Gaye <gayechan@gmail.com>

North Shore – Thursday evenings prior to North Shore dates. For address and details, contact Amy 757-788-1882 or amyrobertsonnielsen@gmail.com

WHAT FRESH PRODUCE ARE THE SAILORS INTERESTED IN?

High Demand
amaranth
bitter melon (both squash and leaves)
cassava (both squash and leaves)chili pepper
collard green
eggplant
fruits (any and all)
galangal
ginger
green onion
lemongrass
marungai
ong choy
papaya (both fruit and leaves)
sweet potato (and leaves)
turmeric

In Small Portions
basil
garlic chives

Maybe (volunteers are observing…)
arugula
bac ha (vietnamese taro)
chaya
cuban oregano
ivy gourd
kale
katuk
malabar spinach
mamaki
mustard cabbage
okinawan spinach

Common Vegetables in Vietnam

Common Vegetables in the Phillipines

Common Vegetables in Indonesia