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Earth Month ʻĀINA In Schools Chef & Farmer Visits & Kuʻi ʻAi Demonstrations

May 02, 2018

Mahalo to our partner chefs for sharing their passion for cooking healthy with locally sourced ingredients, and our farmer partners for sharing their passion for growing healthy food, during the month of April with ʻĀINA Chef and Farmer Visits! These talented chefs provided students the experience of seeing ingredients locally sourced and often times from their very own school garden turned into a healthy snack or meal.

  • Blanche Pope: Chef Nina Pullella of Nina Cucina Health, made Coco(nut)-Mac-A-Roons with Gr. 2 & 3.
  • Haleʻiwa and Sunset Beach: Farmer Dave Burlew of Mālama ʻĀina Organic Farm Shared the rewards, work, and tools that go into farming with Haleʻiwa Gr. K and how farmers are scientists with Sunset Beach Elementary Gr. 5 who were collecting the final data from their Scientific Garden the day of Farmer Dave’s Visit.
  • Kaʻōhao Public Charter School: Chef Kelly Stern from Goldilocks Grinds, made Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie Smoothies with Gr. K & 3.
  • Lāʻie Elementary: Chef Nina Beatty, made ʻUlu Hummus with Lāʻie Gr. 4.
  • Mililani Uka Elementary: Chef Elisabeth Beagle of TerViva made Fresh Garden Pesto Bites with the first graders that highlighted the basil and tomatoes grown in their Good Buddy Garden.
  • Haleʻiwa Elementary:Breakfast Yogurt Parfaits at the school’s Family Night to highlight the ʻĀINA Gr. 6 ‘“Off to a Great Start” lesson on the importance of breakfast.
  • Nuʻuanu Elementary: Chef Sean Congdon of Cut Cuisine made Fresh Local Kale Salad with Ginger Miso Vinaigrette with Grade 4 & 5.
  • Solomon Elementary: Private Chef Jennifer Mychackavane, a parent of first and fourth graders, set up cooking stations with the students and they made Fresh Summer Rolls with herbs and lettuce from the Grade 1 garden, palula with ʻuala leaves from the school’s Grade 4 Hawaiian Garden, and learned to wrap crab wonton.
  • Sunset Beach Elementary: Chef Steph Loui, ʻĀINA In Schools Program Coordinator, shared the table with Kindergarteners and First Graders making Garden Fresh Herb Salad Dressing served on lettuce from the Gr. K garden, and beans, carrots and other fresh veggies from the first grade garden. Chef Steph also provided Sunset families an opportunity to make their own Garden Fresh Herb Salad Dressing and White Bean Hummus in parent child teams at their ‘ĀINA Family Night.
  • Waikīkī Elementary: Chef Dave Caldiero of Mud Hen Water and TOWN Restaurant and a parent of a fifth grader, had each fifth grader make their own tortilla with veggie filling harvested from the school’s garden and Food Farm.