Saturday, June 25 — Next Work Day at Lokelani School Garden

WHEN:
Saturday, June 25

8 a.m. to 12 Noon

WHERE:
Lokelani Intermediate School
1401 Liloa Drive, Kihei, HI 96753

Our first work day at Lokelani was a great success with more than 50 parents, teachers, students and volunteers involved throughout the day.

Join us for the next work day on Saturday, June 25, as we continue creating the gardens to prepare for students’ return from summer break.  Planned activities include:

  • composting workshops
  • soil conditioning and irrigation for raised beds
  • cover cropping with inoculated seeds
  • soil sifting
  • weed control borders
  • refurbish greenhouse

Water and lite snacks will be provided. Hat, sunscreen, gloves and close-toed shoes are recommended – and bring an extra friend or two or three… See you there!

And if you don’t have time or the physical strength to help us in the garden, we appreciate friends willing to provide snacks and drinks for us.

Contact Us for more information!

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman Dinner Raises More than $2,400 for Lokelani Garden

Monkeypod Kitchen by MerrimanOn Wednesday, June 14, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman in Wailea hosted a special fundraising dinner to support the launch of new school gardens and outdoor learning programs for more than 600 students at Lokelani Intermediate School in Kihei.  The Lokelani program launch is a collaborative effort between South Maui School Gardens Project, Community Work Day Program and the Maui County Department of Water Supply.

The percentage of net dinner receipts collected during Monkeypod Kitchen’s dinner service plus cash donations totaled more than $2,400 to support installation of educational gardens and program support for teachers, students and volunteers.

Guests from Slow Food Maui enjoying great eats for a great cause. Photo: Kaiscapes

“Helping kids connect to the land. It’s good for the kids and good for the ‘aina,” says Chef Peter Merriman about the restaurant’s support for the project.

In addition to hosting the fundraising dinner, Monkeypod Kitchen has signed on as an ongoing financial contributor to the program and provides an incentive program for employees who volunteer in the garden.

Plans for Lokelani Intermediate include Native Hawaiian gardens, food producing and educational gardens, fruit tree orchards, a chef’s garden for the cafeteria, multi-cultural heritage gardens, aquaponics, and pocket gardens throughout the campus. Students and teachers from all disciplines are taking ownership of this transformative project by creating new outdoor learning activities.  Nutritional education, natural science projects, video documenting, creative writing for the school garden blog, garden design drafts, research and planning are just a few curricula in development with Lokelani teachers for the coming school year.

Mahalo to everyone who dined out to support the Lokelani School garden and special thanks to Peter Merriman and his amazing staff for helping us get this program off to a great start!

Sat, June 11: Work & Learn Day at Kihei Elementary School Garden

Work & Learn Day at Kihei Elementary School
Join South Maui School Gardens Project this Saturday for Work & Learn Day at Kihei Elementary School

Saturday, June 11
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Kihei Elementary School
250 E. Lipoa Street
Kihei, HI 96753

Join South Maui School Gardens Project volunteers this Saturday morning, June 11, as we summer-ize parts of the Kihei Elementary School garden and install new planting areas. The garden continues to thrive through the summer as we support YMCA Camp Nalu with fun in the garden activities for kids. We are also focusing on rebuilding the soil and planning new additions to the garden, so don’t miss your opportunity to help shape the future of our living classroom.

Learning activities planned:
Soil amendments using worm tea, horse manure, fish emulsion, fresh compost.
Cover crop using buckwheat to rebuild nitrogen in the Three Sisters Garden.
Composting layered with seaweed, lemongrass, comfrey, gliricidia and other nutrient boosting amendments.
‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ Garden prep for planting organic strawberry patch with Camp Nalu campers.
Mulching with schoolyard green waste for garden paths.
Visioning brainstorm and planning on new garden layout, murals, community board and more.

Equipment / materials needed:
Heavy duty tiller for turning large field plot.
Heavy duty wood chipper for mulching large palm fronds and other green waste.
Large pickup truck for hauling horse manure from Makena Stables.
Composting amendments: seaweed, lemongrass, comfrey, gliricidia, etc.

Please email info@KiheiSchoolGardens.org if you can supply any of these resources in advance.

NOTE: There will be no work & learn day in July, so this is our big opportunity to get the garden in gear for the new school year!

Hope to see you there.

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman

June 14 – Monkeypod Kitchen Hosts Fundraising Dinner for Lokelani School Garden

Monkeypod Kitchen by MerrimanMonkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is hosting a special fundraising dinner to support the launch of new school gardens and outdoor learning programs for more than 600 students at Lokelani Intermediate School in Kihei. The Lokelani program launch is a collaborative effort between South Maui School Gardens Project and Community Work Day Program.

Twenty percent of net dinner receipts collected during Monkeypod Kitchen’s dinner service hours on Tuesday, June 14, will support South Maui School Gardens Project in installing educational gardens and providing program support for teachers, students and volunteers. Guests are also invited to make donations to purchase specific wish list items for the project. Donation forms will be available for those who would like to receive a tax deductible donation letter in return.

In addition to hosting the fundraising dinner, Monkeypod Kitchen has signed on as an ongoing financial contributor to the program and provides an incentive program for employees who volunteer in the garden.

Lokelani School garden design by permaculture specialist Rebekah Kuby
Lokelani School garden design by permaculture specialist Rebekah Kuby

Plans for Lokelani include Native Hawaiian gardens, food producing and educational gardens, fruit tree orchards, a chef’s garden for the cafeteria, multi-cultural heritage gardens, and pocket gardens throughout the campus. Students and teachers from all disciplines are taking ownership of this transformative project by creating new outdoor learning activities. Nutritional education, natural science projects, video documenting, creative writing for the school garden blog, garden design drafts, research and planning are just a few curricula in development with Lokelani teachers for the coming school year.

Come join us for drinks and dinner to celebrate the good things growing in our schools!

WHEN:

Fundraiser – Tuesday, June 14, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE:

Monkeypod Kitchen, 10 Wailea Gateway Place, Unit B-201 Kihei, Hawaii 96753

RESERVATIONS:

Call (808) 891-2322

Monkeypod Kitchen is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating features views of Kaho’olawe and Lanai. This event previews Maui Film Festival weekend, so reservations encouraged, walk-ins warmly welcome.