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September 2016 ‘AINA Newsletter

September 22, 2016

October is Farm to School Month!

Everyone can celebrate Farm to School Month! Schools can invite a chef or farmer to visit with keiki, host a student farmers’ market, serve local produce as a snack, or coordinate a family event and give tours of the school’s garden! Farm Field Trips are a great way to celebrate Farm to School month and connect students to how food is grown and the farmers who grow it! Check out our list of Farm Field Trip Sites and remember that Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Field Trip Grants are available to assist schools with costs (admission and/or bus). Families can host a locally grown meal with friends, visit their local farmers’ market, plant a garden, visit a local farm, and more! 

For more ideas and resources to celebrate Farm to School Month, check out the National Farm to School Network’s (NFSN) blog and searchable resource database. Visit the ʻĀINA In Schools page to learn more about Farm to School happenings in Hawaiʻi!!

Share What You’re Doing to Celebrate Farm to School Month!

Email details to and we’ll share them in our upcoming newsletters. If you’re on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, tag your posts with #ainainschools, #AAOlocalfood, and #farmtoschool, and join folks across the nation to support local food. Take a snapshot of you tasting delicious food this month and tag it with #ChompHawaii (See next article.)


Calling all students, teachers, families, chefs, farmers, and everyone who eats across Hawaiʻi to join us in THE CHOMP!

Celebrate National Farm to School Month and Food Day by sharing photos of you, your family, class or co-workers chomping down on fresh, local, “close to the source” foods.

1. Register at
2. Take a photo of you, your family or class eating fresh, local foods.
3. Email your photos to Make sure any minors in the photo are cleared.
4. If you are on social media, upload your photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag it using #ChompHawaii #FoodDay2016 and #FarmtoSchool.

Join the nationwide celebration and movement to promote healthy, local, affordable, and sustainable food!!

Cooking with Kids Checklist: Food Safety Best Practices

For those planning harvest parties, classroom visits with local chefs, or just cooking (and eating) with kids, for Farm to School Month, consider these Food Safety Best Practices and how they keep your food yum, not yuck.

Donate to Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation through Foodland’s Give Aloha Program

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is participating in Foodland’s Give Aloha campaign! From September 1-30 donations to Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation will be accepted at checkout at all Foodland, Sack N Save, and Foodland Farms stores statewide. In order to make a donation, present your Maikaʻi card at checkout and choose your donation amount—up to $249 per person, per organization—and Foodland will match a portion of each donation. Donations to Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation help to support environmental education in Hawaiʻi’s schools and communities. No donation is too small to help our keiki grow. Mahalo for your support!

ʻĀINA In Schools off to a Great Start!

School is back in session and ʻĀINA In Schools is off to a great start! Around the island, volunteer docents are gearing up to teach garden-based lessons, composting, and nutrition education in 18 participating ʻĀINA schools. In preparation for the start of ʻĀINA lessons, schools and communities are building new garden beds, amending existing beds, and preparing the garden space at ʻĀINA Garden Parties.

Welcome to new ‘ĀINA School Haleʻiwa Elementary. Mahalo to the entire faculty and families for participating in their first Garden Party to build 5 garden beds and a compost system on campus.

Mahalo to these volunteer groups who came out to support ʻĀINA Schools with their garden parties: U.S. Navy, UH CTAHR students, and Holoholo Farms & General Store.

Mahalo 2016-17 ʻĀINA In Schools Garden, Compost, and Nutrition Docents

Mahalo to the 150 parent and community volunteers who attended the fall ʻĀINA In Schools Docent Orientation and Trainings. ʻĀINA Garden, Compost, and Nutrition Docent formed their teams, practiced lesson activities, and Compost Docents even made their own worm bins to take home. Mahalo to Mililani Uka, Kainalu, and Waiʻalae Public Charter Shools for providing the training space, to Whole Foods Market for donating soy milk for the first poi smoothie ʻĀINA Nutrition Lesson snack, and World Centric for donating all this school year’s ʻĀINA Lesson biocompostables!

Oʻahu Educator ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Trainings

49 Oʻahu educators representing 30 schools and organizations engaged in ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Trainings for Educators. These hands-on trainings utilize the ʻĀINA In Schools Nutrition, Garden, and Compost Curriculum. During the Nutrition training, teachers were introduced to the ʻĀINA Food Guide, modeled Nutrition lessons, and prepared many of the “close to the source” snacks featured in the curriculum including poi smoothie, birds nest salad, and yogurt parfait. During the Garden and Compost training, teachers constructed vermicompost systems and bokashi buckets, modeled Garden and Compost lessons, participated in ʻĀINA lesson adaptation activities and assessments, and engaged in discussion on how to develop successful, sustainable, and impactful school garden programs at their schools. Mahalo nui to all Oʻahu educators and partners who helped make this year’s fall curriculum trainings a success.

Malama Learning Center hosts WithOutWalls (WOW) Workshop: Worm composting 101

This workshop will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Kapolei High School. Participants will learn how to build their own mini-starter worm bin, and how to feed, care for, and harvest their worms. Visit for more information.

Oʻahu Resource Conservation & Development Council hosts Intro to Training Opportunities on Agribusiness and Farming Practices

On Saturday, September 24 from 9:00am to 12:00pm join Oʻahu RC&D at the Key Project in Kāneʻohe for a FREE workshop to learn about training courses on agribusiness and farming practices with guest speakers featuring topics like natural Farming, aquaponics, permaculture, GoFarm and more!
Participants will get an overview of the courses, learn about the benefits of these learning opportunities, and receive details about available scholarships. A tentative agenda includes speakers from Oʻahu RC&D, CTAHR, Windward Community College, Aquaponics of Oʻahu, UH Agribusiness Incubator, Hawaiʻi Natural Farming, and GoFarm Hawaiʻi. Register Here.

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants: Apply by October 31, 2016

This program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support an edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. Schools, or a non-profit organization working in partnership with a school, may apply. Apply Here

Interested in a garden grant for a non-profit children’s programming organization, not located at a school? Check out the Whole Kids Foundation Extended Learning Garden Grant

Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaiʻi Chapter Green Tables Event Hosts Food For Thought

This FREE event at Waialua High and Intermediate School hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaiʻi Chapter Green Tables Event on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am to 2:00pm will raise awareness of of what “Organic”, “Local” and “Locavore” mean and how they are associated with sustainable foods, farming practices and community. Enjoy food, cooking demos, and community partner exhibits and activities. Les Dames d’Escoffier chefs and Waialua Culinary Students will present recipes and snacks that are healthy, nutritious and ono.

For more information, contact Marsha Taylor.

Keiki In The Kitchen a day of Food, Fitness and Fun!

Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival is hosting a FREE community event for families called Keiki in the Kitchen on Saturday, October 29 frp, 10:00am to 3:00pm at Ko Olina. Keiki will have the opportunity to eat local from the Best of Eat the Street vendors, shop local from farmers and artisans, enjoy keiki entertainment, get autographs from celebrity chefs, and watch MasterChef Junior contestant Josh Reisner do a live cooking demo and more! During the Keiki in the Kitchen event, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for Keiki Recipe Contest finalists will be cooking live and presenting to a panel of celebrity judges.

‘ĀINA Recipe

A specialty of Chef Kai of Kaiulani Spices and prepared with the Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School third graders at their ʻĀINA Chef Visit and at Kahala and Lihohiho Elementary ‘ĀINA Family Nights.

1/4 cup olive oil    
1 Tbsp garlic, minced                    
2 1/2 Tbsp Kaiʻulani’s Exotic Curry Spice or other curry spice                
1/3 cup cilantro, chop stems and leaves separately                        
1/4 cup cranberries or raisins                
2 cups Jasmine rice, when cooked will yield 4 cups                            
1/4 cup green onion stalks, sliced small                    
2-3 Tbsp toasted almonds or macadamia nuts (optional)                        
2 ripe mangoes, cubed     

  • Heat olive oil in a saute pan on medium heat.               
  • When oil is heated add garlic, Kaiʻulani’s Exotic Curry Spice or other curry spice, chopped cilantro stems, and cranberries or raisins to pan.                    
  • When garlic is cooked add the Jasmine rice and mix well.                    
  • If rice is still pale, add more curry spice until rice becomes a golden color.    
  • Add the green onions and cilantro leaves to the rice and mix until combined.
  • Sprinkle the nuts and cubed mangoes on top.               
  • Enjoy!