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Visiting Volunteers help move some soil.

Volunteers Get it Done!

Hundreds of Helpers

We’re thankful for the hundreds of volunteers that support our organization each year. Some come from thousands of miles away and dedicate part of their vacation to helping our community; others live just around the corner and volunteer every month.

Volunteer Highlights from 2016

From painting signs to pulling weeds to assembling planting beds, our volunteers are always willing to help in every way needed. Here are some highlights from 2016.

Pulling weeds in the kalo patch is part of the fun at Kihei Elementary School.
Pulling weeds in the kalo patch is part of the fun at Kihei Elementary School.
Visiting Volunteers make soil sifters.
Visiting Volunteers make soil sifters.
Volunteers at Kihei Charter School move tubes of irrigation line.
Volunteers at Kihei Charter School move tubes of irrigation line.
Volunteers at Kahului Elementary School prepare the soil for planting.
Volunteers at Kahului Elementary School prepare the soil for planting.
Connie ties string around the ipu to prepare it for hanging.
Volunteer Connie ties string around the ipu to prepare it for hanging.
Two student volunteers hang ipu to dry.
Two student volunteers hang ipu to dry.
Visiting Volunteers help move some soil.
Volunteers on Vacation help move some soil at Lokelani Intermediate School.
Prepping veggies for a Harvest Party at Kamali'i Elementary School.
Prepping veggies for a Harvest Party at Kamali’i Elementary School.
Volunteers put the framework in place for new growing beds at Kahului Elementary School.
Volunteers put the framework in place for growing beds at Kahului Elementary School.
Keiki volunteers add soil amendments at Kahului Elementary School.
Keiki volunteers add soil amendments at Kahului Elementary School.
Look what I found while fulling weeds!
Look what I found while pulling weeds!
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Putting in pretty new raised beds at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School.
Pretty New Growing beds in place at Pu'u Kukui Elementary School.
Pu’u Kukui Elementary School garden looks amazing after a recent Work & Learn Day!
Two of our favorite volunteers - Executive Director Kathy Becklin and Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen.
Two of our favorite volunteers – Executive Director Kathy Becklin (R) and Kihei School Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen (L) help out at Lokelani Intermediate School.

A very special mahalo to all of our wonderful volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering with Grow Some Good, contact Cynthia at Volunteer@GrowSomeGood.org for more information.

 

Checking the leaf. Is it heart-shaped enough to qualify?

Garden Scavenger Hunt at Kahului Elementary

A Fun Review of Garden Lessons

Kahului Elementary School’s 1st grade garden classes recently did Garden Scavenger Hunts as a fun way to review the lessons they have learned so far this year:

  • Identifying the parts of the plant: flower, stem, leaves, roots and their purpose
  • Recognizing our insect and bug friends in the garden, and where to find them.
  • Using our five senses to discover sounds, smells, textures and colors (and tastes!) in the garden.
  • Understanding what “weeds” are, how to identify and remove them. (If in doubt, don’t pull it out!)
Scavenger Hunt List
Scavenger Hunt List

Each pair of students was given a collection box courtesy of Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods containing a “checklist,” scissors and a “bug cup” with instructions to collect the following:

  1. A flower.
  2. A bug, insect or worm.
  3. Two weeds – one per student.
  4. Something that smells/stinky.
  5. A heart-shaped leaf.
Looking for Insects
Looking for Insects
Clipping a heart-shaped leaf.
Clipping a heart-shaped leaf.
Looking for Weeds.
Looking for Weeds.

What they Found

Marigolds provided lots of flowers; students hunted down ants, sow bugs and worms, and weeds were easy to come by. “Smelly” items included the lemon, Thai or Italian green basil, green onions, sage, lemongrass or rosemary which all have strong smells. One student insisted the flower of the marigold was sufficiently smelly to qualify! ʻUala (sweet potato) was the first choice for a heart-shaped leaf, but the beans and squash plants lost a few leaves too!

Getting Checked

The Garden Educator “checked” the items for the first pair of students to complete the scavenger hunt. Subsequent pairs of students were “checked” by classmates. This is where the real learning came in as they questioned each other as to whether or not a plant “smelled” enough, whether a leaf was “heart-shaped” enough, and whether or not the top of a weed counted or, “Does it need to have the roots attached?”

Demonstrating cooperation in the garden.
Demonstrating cooperation in the garden.

Garden Literacy

During after-activity follow-up questions with students it was clear all had improved their garden literacy and ability to identity and describe what they had found, as well as added new words to their vocabularies. Some students also learned that keeping an ant in a cup has its challenges.

Well done, Kahului Elementary School!

What's in your tray?
What’s in your box?
Ono Gelato donates to Grow Some Good

Ono Gelato Specials in December

Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Cafe

Maui’s favorite Ono Gelato in Kihei is now Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Café and they’ve got some delicious new menu items to try! During the next few weeks, 10% of the revenue from each of these specials is donated to Grow Some Good.
Ono Gelato uses fresh, natural, local and organic ingredients available on Maui. Stop by and give them a try. And be sure to leave room for dessert!

Special Menu Items

Now through December 10, 2016:  Lemongrass Turkey Bahn-Mi Sandwich Lemongrass-Ginger Brined Turkey Breast on a Homemade Baguette with spicy cucumbers, carrots and onions, papaya salsa and cilantro with crunchy peanut slaw on the side.

December 11 – 23, 2016: Sausage and Peppers Italian Sausage, Sweet Peppers & Maui Onion Sautéed in Vodka Marinara with Fresh Mozzarella on a Homemade Hoagie with Roasted Veggie Salad on the Side.

A big mahalo to the team at Ono Gelato for supporting Grow Some Good!

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food Truck Smoothie

Hāna Ranch Smoothies Benefit Grow Some Good

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food Truck SmoothieWe’re pleased to announce Hāna Ranch is generously supporting Grow Some Good with their delicious farm-fresh smoothies. They will donate $1 to Grow Some Good for every smoothie sold in the month of November.

Farm-Fresh Smoothies

The made-to-order smoothies at the Hāna Burger Food Truck change daily depending on what they’re harvesting from the farm that morning. Typical flavors include organic papaya, pineapple, coconut, and banana.

Hāna Burger Food Truck

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food TruckThe Hāna Burger Food Truck is open for lunch seven days a week from 10am to 4pm and is located at Hāna Ranch (5670 Hāna Highway). Hāna Burger uses ingredients harvested directly from their organic farm and from local fisherman. Current menu items include a fresh fish sandwich, farm salads, the signature Hāna Burger with grilled grass-fed beef, house-made pickles, refreshing fresh fruit smoothies and more.

Hāna Ranch

Hāna Ranch is a working cattle ranch and organic farm on 3,600 acres in Hāna, Hawaiʻi. Their focus is on sustainable agriculture that enriches the land and that will provide healthy, fresh food for the people of Hāna, Maui, and Hawaiʻi to enjoy. We are excited to partner with them as we both strive to improve access to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for everyone in our community.

Mahalo to the Hāna Ranch family for your support!

DUO Restaurant Event

Jazzing it Up at DUO Restaurant to Support Grow Some Good

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Our friends DUO Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea partnered with the Maui Jazz and Blues Festival to create a unique dining experience benefiting Grow Some Good. Guests enjoyed selections from a special menu and live performances of some of the world’s best Jazz and Blues talent. It was an evening of wonderful food and great entertainment in a beautiful atmosphere at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Fresh from School Gardens

img_4173Chef Craig Dryhurst and his team served up a mouth-watering menu featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from our own school gardens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .

Special Musical Guests

img_4190Diners enjoyed Live Jazz and Blues with a special sneak peek of this year’s JazzFest artists, including Blues Guitar Legend & Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Louis Walker, Grammy and NEA Master New Orleans Jazz Royalty Delfeayo Marsalis, and Grammy Nominated Jazz Saxophone Master Javon Jackson (pictured at right).

Mahalo to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the entire team at DUO!

four seasons resort maui at wailea

Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

JAZZ FEST LOGO 2016The 6th annual Maui Jazz and Blues Festival held a variety of events across Maui. Featured Festival performers included  Joe Louis Walker,  Jazz/Rock Guitar Legend & Godfather of Fusion  Larry Coryell,  Delfeayo Marsalis,  Grammy winners  The Band Courtbouillon  with Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy; Javon Jackson,  Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter  Gabriel Mark Hasselbach,  Sax Master Rock Hendricks  and Maui’s own Jazz Guitarist & Na Hoku Winner  Benny Uyetake, The King Kekaulike High School Jazz Band, and  The Jazz Alley TV Trio.

3 Great Reasons to Eat at Three’s Bar and Grill

Three’s Bar and Grill Supports Grow Some Goodsushi

Three’s Bar and Grill is generously supporting Grow Some Good through its Kama‘āina Give Back program, which offers 10% off to local residents, then donates 10% to a charitable recipient of the month. Have a wonderful meal, enjoy a 10% discount AND support Grow Some Good at the same time! Grow Some Good is honored to be the recipient of these funds for BOTH September and October. Thanks Three’s!

Bring Your Friends & Family

RamenEnjoy a delicious meal while you support Grow Some Good. Three’s amazing menu features something for everyone, with Pacific Rim, Hawaiian and Southwestern cuisine. Signature dishes included the Kalua Pork Quesadilla, Panko Crusted Ahi Roll, a Tropical Salad, Hawaiian Style Ribs, Traditional Ramen and for dessert, the Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Three’s Bar & Grill is focused on serving great food with locally sourced ingredients in a comfortable atmosphere that celebrates our island lifestyle.

mauitime-voted-best-of-maui-2016-BEST-HAPPY-HOUR-Three’s-Bar-Grill-by-sean-hower-e1468363883938 Three’s Bar & Grill was recently voted “Best Happy Hour on Maui” in MauiTime’s “Best of Maui” 2016 awards. They add to the dining experience with live, local entertainment daily, both inside and outside on the lanai. See Three’s Surf Lounge Entertainment Schedule for details.

About Three’s Bar and Grill

Three’s is located in the Kihei Kalama Village at 1945 S. Kihei Road, Suite G, in Kihei. To make reservations, call (808) 879-3133 or use Open Table on their website.

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Mahalo!

Proceeds from this program will go to support Grow Some Good school garden programs in 12 schools on Maui. Previous recipients of Three’s Kama‘āina Give Back program include Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui Humane Society, and the Maui Science Center.  Mahalo to co-owners Cody Christopher, Jaron Blosser and Travis Morrin for supporting our community in such a big way.

Eat Your Beets – at Fork & Salad

Fork & Salad SpecialBeet and Goat Cheese Salad

Fork & Salad, Maui’s newest farm-to-table eatery, shares the same vision as Grow Some Good – to support local agriculture and improve access to nutritious food for everyone in our community. To help support this vision they are offering a signature salad special benefiting Grow Some Good now through March 2017.

 

Eat Your Beets

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With the purchase of each Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, Fork & Salad will donate $1 to Grow Some Good. This delicious salad features spinach, roasted beets, Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, raw beets, apples, seasonal local fruit, health grain mix, and macadamia nuts, topped with a grapefruit honey vinaigrette dressing.

 

#Eat Local, Eat Healthy

Fork & Salad is a chef-inspired salad company that features locally-sourced ingredients in an effort to support Maui’s farmers, ranchers and fishermen. The menu includes signature salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, juices, specialty drinks and more. By providing tasty, affordable, fresh meals, Fork & Salad hopes to expand the farm-to-table movement throughout Hawaii, making it available to all consumers and boosting the local economy.

MaFork & Saladhalo!

Mahalo to co-owners Jaron Blosser, Travis Morrin and Cody Christopher for their generous support and for sharing our vision to inspire youth and support local agriculture.

Chef Paris Serves Up His Support

Paris Nabavi – Chef and PhilanthropistChef

Chef Paris Nabavi serves up a fantastic meal with a focus on community support in his popular private fundraising events for Grow Some Good. Featuring the Persian food of his culture, he creates a multi-course meal, complete with fine wine and warm hospitality. Chef Paris does not accept any payment for these dinners but instead asks that guests make a donation to Grow Some Good. Proceeds from the events support our school garden programs.

A “Dinner to Remember” – Maui Now

The most recent dinner in June was covered by journalist Kiaora Bohlool and featured on the news site Maui Now. Highlights were captured in the video below, featuring Chef Paris discussing some of the unique dishes he created for the evening. His guests also share what they love most about the food, the event, and the opportunity to support Grow Some Good.

A very special mahalo to Chef Paris and his wife Donna for their continued support!

Thank you to journalist Kiaora Bohlool for covering the story and creating the wonderful video below.

Watch this site for information about the next Chef Paris dinner event.

 

Visit Lahaina Intermediate’s School Garden

See the School Garden at Lahaina Intermediate School

Take a “virtual tour” of the Grow Some Good school garden at Lahaina Intermediate School, featured in the video below.  This piece was created by students as part of the PBS Hawaii news show HIKI NŌ.

“We Can All Work Together”

The video features many of the students, faculty and staff that support the garden. School Principal, Stacy Bookland, says the garden has taught her:

“we can all work together to contribute to something positive, not only
in our community, but in our bodies, in our minds, and in the growth
of our students.”

Academic Impact

Teachers also chime in, explaining how they see the garden benefiting youth by reinforcing classroom lessons, while at the same time giving them life-long skills that can increase their self-sufficiency. Their comments demonstrate school gardens have a positive impact on academics and learning.

Lots of good things are growing at Lahaina Intermediate School – Take a look!

HIKI NŌ

This piece was created by students in HIKI NŌ, an educational initiative by PBS Hawaii. HIKI NŌ is the nation’s only state-wide student run news program. Students from middle and high schools across Hawaii produce PBS-quality video news segments about current issues and people of interest in our community. This story first aired during the First All-Middle School edition of HIKI NŌ on PBS on May 28, 2015.

Shop Using AmazonSmile to Support Grow Some Good

AmazonSmile

Here’s an easy, automatic way to support Grow Some Good at no cost to you! Every time you purchase something through Amazon using their AmazonSmile program,  .5% of the qualifying purchase amount is donated to Grow Some Good. All you have to do is shop! Millions of products on Amazon qualify for this amazing program. Eligible products are marked “Eligible for Amazon Smile donation” but you don’t even have to worry about that. Your shopping experience at Amazon remains the same as always.

Every Time You Shop

Whenever you go to Amazon, make sure to enter through the AmazonSmile site and select Grow Some Good as your favorite charity.  You can bookmark the page, so it comes up every time. There are also apps and browser extensions that make this super easy.   We also put it right up front on our Grow Some Good page if that is easier for you!

0.5% doesn’t sound like much but let’s all see how much we can raise!

For questions, see the AmazonSmile FAQ page.

To get started, simply click on the icon below.

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