Bradley Mason

Garden Coordinator

Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School

Bradley Mason

Bradley was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and moved to West Maui in July of 2010. The son of a teacher and coach, education and athletics have been a part of his life since his youth. He was an elite swimmer and water polo player in Illinois, so moving to an island home was a natural fit. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a major in Education and a minor in Math and Science Concepts for Middle School Instruction. This is his eighth year in education in West Maui having taught science at both Sacred Hearts School and Lahainaluna High School and previously being a garden coordinator at Lahaina Intermediate and Maui Preparatory Academy. This is his ninth season as the Head Coach of the Lahainaluna Water Polo team having earned MIL Coach of the Year recognition in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

His passion for organic gardening/farming, local food security and incorporating health and wellness into education began while at Sacred Hearts, where he created his first organic school garden. He was trained by the Ku Aina Pa School Garden Teacher Training Program based in Waimea, Hawaii and also at the Farm as School, Food as Medicine Institute, a biodynamic farm in Pauuilo, Hawaii. Bradley is excited to a part of the Grow Some Good family and continuing the important work of teaching West Maui students about growing food and establishing lifelong healthy habits.

Cynthia Cordova

Garden Coordinator

Pu’u Kukui Elementary School

Cynthia Cordova

Cynthia has B.A. Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production. She started working with Grow Some Good in 2016.

Her favorite thing about working with kids is teaching them the power of personal growth and watching them grow with their plants. Her favorite thing about gardens is how it creates a sense of community. It brings people together to work for a greater good.

Kat Powers

Garden Coordinator

Kathy Powers

Kahului Elementary School & Wailuku Elementary School

Kat has over 25 years of experience as a professional landscape designer and contractor. She has taken courses in landscape design, irrigation, native plant identification, and small business practices. Kat has been working with Grow Some Good as a Garden Coordinator since 2017. She quickly became an integral part of her community and can easily rally an army to volunteer in her school gardens. Kat has a Certificate in Aromatherapy and is a lover of ocean-based activities.

Malia Bohlin

Development Director

Malia Bohlin

Malia has a BS in Mass Communications and Journalism, and a Master’s degree in Non Profit Management. She has over 20 years of fundraising experience, and started with Grow Some Good in 2015.

Malia says:

My goal for the school gardens this year is to keep them well-funded, with adequate supplies, staff time and materials, in order to optimize the fun, curiosity and learning in our outdoor classrooms.

I’m really looking forward to: the enhancement of our current lessons to align even more closely with curriculum standards, to better support teachers and have even more significant learning outcomes for students.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: their willingness to try new things.

My favorite thing about gardens is: witnessing the magic of growing things. From a small seed, to a sprout, a plant, a tree, and then harvesting buckets of fruit. Simply amazing.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui: it’s a tie between lilikoi and lychee. Ok, lilikoi.

Alexis Kageyama

Alexis Kageyama

Garden Coordinator & Curriculum Advisor

Lokelani Intermediate School and Kamali’i Elementary School

Alexis has BA Degrees in Sociology and Psychology with an Education Minor, along with over three years of experience teaching in an outdoor classroom. She served as lead science teacher at Galileo Camp, an educational summer camp.

Alexis says:

My goal for my gardens this year is to grow as much food as possible!

What I’m really looking forward to: spending time outdoors with the students and seeing their enthusiasm for the garden and nature.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: experiencing their curiosity, excitement, and unique perspective on the world.

My favorite thing about gardens is: the way they bring us closer to the Earth.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui is lychee!

Jadda Miller

Garden Coordinator and Curriculum Advisor

Jadda Miller

Kihei Elementary School

Jadda has a BS in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, and is currently working on an MS in Environmental Studies. She has worked for Grow Some Good since August 2017. 

Jadda Says: 

My goal for my garden this year is continue with the goals and progress that were made in the years past, while remaining open to new thoughts and visions for the garden in the years ahead. Allowing for it to become what the school and community envision it to be.

What I’m really looking forward to: learning more about is the Hawaiian language, culture and native plant varieties.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: I learn just as much, if not more, from them as they do from me. They are wonderful teachers.

My favorite thing about gardens is: the connection that happens between people and the Earth, which ideally leads to the cultivation of healthy food, soil, bodies, communities and environment.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui is an avocado.

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‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.

Kathy Becklin

Kathy Becklin

Executive Director

Kathy has served as Executive Director since 2016. She is a co-founder of Grow Some Good and has been the treasurer, website developer, and IT specialist since 2009.

Kathy has a BS in Computer Science and over 25 years of experience in technology. She has worked as a software engineer and in management at companies including Lockheed Martin, SuccessFactors, and Adobe Systems. She left high-tech when she moved to Maui in 2006 and started a career in real estate. Kathy is a Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams Realty Maui. As a gardening advocate, Kathy also has taken plant identification and landscape design classes as well as going through the Maui Master Gardeners program.