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‘Aina in Schools

March 22, 2018

Upcoming Oʻahu ʻĀINA Educator Training for ʻEwa Schools

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is partnering with Oʻahu ʻEwa region partners, Island Pacific Academy, Kamehameha Schools, Aloun Farms, and Blue Zones Hawaiʻi to host an ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Training for Educators. Come and experience how to incorporate garden-based learning, nutrition education, waste reduction, and Hawaiian culture and place-based education into your teaching. If you are an educator serving in the ʻEwa region register today!

It’s Turmeric Time!

Whether you’re a permanently yellow-stained veteran or an ʻolena (turmeric) newby, now is the time to snag some healthy rhizomes from your local market or farmer friends. Depending how many makua (mother plants) were planted the previous year, harvests could be anywhere from a few, three-pound clusters to hundreds of pounds of unearthed gold. Click here to read the full blog which includes tips on harvesting, preparing and replanting, an ʻono recipe, and more.

KHF Co-founder Jack Johnson Drops by for School Lunch

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation co-founders Kim & Jack Johnson along with KHF board and staff visited Mililani High School for lunch last month as it continued to develop its from-scratch lunch menu utilizing locally produced food as part of the state’s ‘Aina Pono Farm to School Program. As a special bonus Jack, Paula Fuga, and Kawika Kahiapo played a mini-concert for the students and staff. Check out the coverage from Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Leilehua Complex Character Bootcamp Addresses Nutrition

To help kick off Leilehua Complex Character Boot Camp 2018, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation staff joined in to share poi smoothies with students learning about building character through physical, social, cognitive and emotional skill-building. Students attended sessions, co-led by Leilehua High School assistants, on topics like nutrition, college-readiness, and emotional health. At the ‘ĀINA In Schools booth, students learned about “close to the source” foods featured on the ʻĀINA Food Guide. They enjoyed a poi smoothie which included “protective” blueberries and local bananas, “energy” poi, “body-building” soy milk, “brainy” coconut milk, and a little taste of “caution” honey. Judging by the purple mustaches and empty cups, it was a huge success!

Ag Day at the Capitol

Last month, the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation ‘ĀINA in Schools team packed up handouts and display boards and joined farmers, chefs, beekeepers, and more at the annual Ag Day at the Capitol event, held at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Vendors displayed their wares from local hot sauces to māmaki tea to locally produced beef. A celebration of all things agriculture, the event highlighted both traditional and newer practices occurring in agriculture and local food production. Also an awareness event, Ag Day included representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DOA), UH Mānoa CTAHR, and other organizations focused on invasive species control and native plant restoration. Local governmental representatives visited the booths to ask questions and share their support.

3rd Annual We Grow Hawaiʻi Conference

The 3rd Annual We Grow Hawaiʻi student-led school garden conference brought together students, parents, educators, musicians and community partners to celebrate school gardens across Oʻahu through the voice of students! Students worked in teams to prepare a healthy, brunch using garden and farm-fresh local produce. We enjoyed a feast of kalo hash, curry fried rice, energy bites, citrus and herb flavored water, yogurt and local fruit parfait, and farm-fresh microgreens donated by Mahina Pua Farm. Students of Asian Pacific International School, Blanche Pope Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Kailua Intermediate, Kāneʻohe Elementary, SEEQS, and the Lanikai Science Squad presented with other students about their school garden experiences and sustainability projects in their schools. Finally, we were treated to a concert by the Banana Slug String Band. Mahalo to ʻIolani School and Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui for hosting another inspiring We Grow Hawaiʻi conference!

Mahalo ‘ĀINA Docents!

This month ʻĀINA Nutrition, Garden and Compost Docent Teams made up of parent and community volunteers completed their final docent training of the school year. ʻĀINA Garden Docents are equipped and excited to wrap up their spring garden units that include, the Grade K Tops and Bottoms Garden, Grade 1 Good Buddies Garden, Grade Gr. 3 Compost Lessons, Grade 4 Hawaiian Garden and Grade 5 Scientific Garden. Grade 2 and 6 ʻĀINA Nutrition Lessons will increase students understanding of food labels and food marketing techniques.

A heartfelt mahalo to our ʻĀINA Docents for making these lessons possible!