Project to revitalize LHS Agriculture Department

From The Lahiana News here’s a great article on Community Workday partnerships to help install 18 community and school gardens in Maui County over the next several years.

From the article:

This initiative involves a grassroots effort to build 18 school/community gardens in Maui County in partnership with the CDC, state Department of Health, county Department of Water Supply, University of Hawaii Maui College, Maui School Garden Network, Maui Economic Opportunity, Bioponic Phytoceuticals and Ace Hardware, with the support of many other local businesses, restaurants and non-profits.

Through the combined efforts of schools, community groups and government agencies, residents will learn about the important topic of food security while strengthening the sustainability of our islands, Lane said,

By volunteering to build these gardens, participants will receive the added health benefits of increased physical activity and access to locally grown produce.

Read the whole article:

Project to revitalize LHS Agriculture Department





Maui Master Gardener Helpline

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 9 am to noon
Phone: (808) 244-3242 ext. 228
Help Desk: Cooperative Extension Service Office, 310 Kaahumanu Ave., Bldg 214

Trained Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions.  Many questions can be answered right away.  Others will require some research and a returned phone call.

Occasionally the Master Gardener help desk may need to see your plant problem to give a proper diagnosis  and you may schedule an appointment to come in  or feel  free to drop by the help desk during scheduled hours anytime with your questions and plant problems.

This is a great community service.  Give Maui Master Gardeners a call the next time you have a garden issue you need an answer for.


The Master Gardener Program

The Mission of the University of Hawaii Master Gardener Program is to provide the public with unbiased, research based information and sustainable management practices in tropical horticulture suitable for home gardens, local landscapes, urban environments and the community. The Master Gardener program is an educational outreach program administered by the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service.

Find out more about Maui Master Gardener Program here.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs to Grow in South Maui

One of the most frequently asked question we get is “What grows in South Maui?”   It isn’t an easy answer but here are few thing we have learned:

  • “Spring planting” starts about October.  Our best growing months are December-April.
  • After that, some heat tolerant species survive  or may thrive in shaded areas.
  • If you do try to grow vegetables through the summer, remember that the hardest issue is transpiration –  when the plants lose all their cellular moisture usually due to heat and wind.  You may need to water twice a day if you live where there are high winds and sandy soil.

The attached PDF provides great guidance for growing in South Maui.  Vegetables in South Maui Chart


Local Chefs Adopt Garden

This year, Chef Brian Etheredge, owner of Capische Restaurant, and Chef Dan Fiske, owner of, have signed on as major sponsors of the Kihei Elementary School Garden. Their combined sponsorships will supplement other funds to purchase garden materials and support a part-time school garden coordinator position. Chefs Etheredge and Fiske also plan on contributing their culinary talents to food education classes and harvests later in the season.

Stay tuned for some awesome harvest parties and other special events to benefit the garden!

“The Pomaika‘i Green Dream” Building Pomaika‘i School Garden

This Saturday, March 5th, will be a proud day for the hard working efforts of Pomaika‘i Elementary School, Community Work Day Program, and its partners. On this day construction will begin on a four phase garden plan that has been in development for over a year. Pomaika‘i’s school program called “The Green Dream” stands strong together in its commitment to learning and behaving as stewards of the land. Their mission is demonstrated in their ongoing Waihe’e restoration project and the planned integration of garden based curriculum. Through these projects, Pomaika‘i Elementary integrates twenty-first century skills into their curriculum while focusing on the important issue of understanding how to grow your own food.

This day also marks a critical milestone in Community Work Day Program’s involvement in the Center for Disease Control initiative called “Communities Putting Prevention to Work.” CPPW involves a grassroots effort to build eighteen school/community gardens in Maui County in partnership with the CDC, the State of Hawaii Department of Health, the County of Maui Department of Water Supply, University of Hawaii Maui College, The Maui School Garden Network, Maui Economic Opportunity, Bioponic Phytoceuticals, Ace Hardware, with the support of many other local businesses, restaurants, and non profits.

The upcoming garden work day will be held on Saturday March 5th at Pomaika‘i Elementary School, 410 Hina Ave in Kahului. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, and water bottles. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. The day’s efforts will include constructing garden beds, planting starts, amending soil, constructing a tool shed, and working on a large garden mural from 9am to 1pm.

Community volunteers are welcome to participate in the first work day and are encouraged to commit as an on-going volunteer at the Pomaika‘i Elementary School garden, or at others that will be created over the next year. Restaurants, businesses, and community organizations interested in volunteering their time or materials for the garden projects are welcome to contact Community Work Day Program at (808) 877-2524.

Matt Lane
CPPW Outreach Coordinator at Community Work Day Program
email: m_lane at

Community Work Day Program
P.O. Box 757
Puunene, HI 96784
808.877.2524 Maui
888.592.2522 Toll Free