Kihei Elementary Kids Say Thank You!

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We’ve received some great cards and thank-you letters from Kihei Elementary School students after the pizza party with Chefs Dan Fiske ( and Christopher Kulis (

Letters featured from:
– Ms. Romerdahl’s 1st grade class
– Ms. Fujii’s 2nd grade class
– Mr. Wade’s 3rd grade class

View the complete slideshow on flickr.

Mahalo nui loa to all the volunteers, teachers, chefs and kids that made this event so much fun for everyone!

Vegetable Garden Design and Care Workshop

A Day in the Garden

Dear Teachers, Principals, and Community Members Supporting our School Gardens:

Here is a remarkable opportunity. I met Evan at the last Maui Farmer’s United meeting and he has a vast amount of knowledge in the area of sustainable agriculture. He is willing to hold a few slots for our Maui School Garden Network teachers for FREE!!!!!! Please contact him immediately if you can be there at Haili’imaile on April 23rd!!!


Pizza Day at the Kihei Elementary School Garden

Today was Pizza Day at the Kihei Elementary School Garden, where the kids participated in the making of their food from fresh produce picked right from their own garden. Chef Christopher Kulis was on hand to teach the kids how to make fresh pizzas from scratch, and Chef Dan Fiske showed them how to make a “Tomato and Cheese Explosion.

“You walk into the school and you see this garden… it’s like a heart in the middle of the school.” – Chef Dan Fiske

Pizza Garden Harvest Parties – call for Volunteers!

South Maui School Gardens Project

Kihei Elementary School

Thursday,   April 7 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday,       April 8
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We’re serving up Pizza Garden Harvest Parties this week at Kihei Elementary School and you’re invited!  We could use a few extra volunteers during both days to assist in managing the kids for this fun event on Thursday and Friday.

On the menu… KES garden sponsors Chef Brian Etheridge of Capische? and Chef Dan Fiske of will demo recipes and serve pizza made with ingredients grown and harvested from the school’s Pizza Garden. Students will learn about ingredients grown for their favorite foods and collecting herbs to create their own tomato, fresh mozzarella & basil caprese salads!

If you can drop by and help out for even an hour, please do.   You’ll be glad you did.

Email Kirk Surry, our SMSGP KiheiSchool Garden Coordinator (kirksurry at yahoo dot com) or give him a call at (808)269-6300 to let us know when you’ll be joining us in the garden.

Parking is available in the lower Kihei Community/Aquatics Center parking lot across Lipoa Street from Kihei Elementary School .  Please check in at the office and get a name tag on your way over to the garden.


To find out more about  South Maui School Gardens Project check out our new blog site!











2011 – No Ka ‘Oi Magazine Environmental Heroes


This profile on Maui School Garden Network’s visionary Lehn Huff just out in print in the March-April 2011 issue of Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine. .

From the article:

Lehn Huff – Cultivating Connections

“Now that I’m retired, I can pick my priorities,” she says. “I choose to put my energies into food security and nutrition.”

You can sense the urgency in her commitment. “We import 85 percent of our food, and have the highest rate of obesity and childhood-onset diabetes in the nation. We live in a year-round climate for growing fruits and vegetables. Something is wrong with this picture. Knowing children the way I do, having worked with them for thirty years, I simply cannot walk away from this cause.”


Read the rest of the Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine profile on Lehn Huff  and the Maui School Garden Nework here.





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