Local Chef’s 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!

New Season Blooms

Nearly 600 K-5 students have been busy digging, planting, watering and discovering new creatures in their beautiful new garden.  The garden has sprung to life with vibrant green and blooming plants, some ready to harvest – like radishes, zucchini and basil!

Big mahalos to South Maui Sustainability volunteers who designed and installed this growing community-based learning center.

Fruits and vegetables planted in this year’s school garden include squash, kalo (taro), ‘olena (turmeric), sweet potato (‘uala), banana, papaya, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, eggplant, beans, herbs and beneficial flowers. This year’s garden additions also feature a Pizza Garden with herbs and veggies for pizza toppings, a Salsa Garden, a Three Sisters Native American-inspired garden, and a Canoe Garden featuring plants imported by Hawaii’s early settlers to Hawaii.

planting oreganoBest of all, the kids are EXCITED about plants, gardening, fruits and vegetables! Check out our most recent planting days in a new video produced by volunteer Elizabeth Crow.

Mahalo to all for helping us build this amazing living classroom!

Introducing Our New School Garden Coordinator

Aloha Friends –South Maui School Garden Coordinator

My name is Kirk Surry and I’ve been volunteering for the past two years in the garden, watching it sprout from three plots to a 10,000 square foot living classroom. It’s truly been the most heart warming and fulfilling experience. I’m now serving the garden and school as a part-time coordinator, working with Nio, Kathy, Susan and other volunteers to manage the garden and get the most out of what it has to offer our students, teachers, parents and volunteers.

This newsletter is our new hub to share garden updates and class activity ideas we hope will inspire you to learn and teach in this living classroom. As we try new things, we’re hoping to hear from you – your opinions, ideas, experiences in the garden, favorite stories, and anything else you’d like offer. Please email me with your thoughts. I’m excited to see true seeds of change being planted for the futures of our keiki and so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that change! Mahalo – Kirk


capische_lo red FF_txtCapische? and Chef’s Brian Etheredge and Christopher Kulis are avid supporters of the Grow Some Good program.  We are honored to have them as Sustaining Partners, event sponsors and participants in our fundraisers.  Chefs Brian and Chris also join us in the gardens several times a year, inspiring students in recipe workshops.  6897834592_4573229b87

Brian Etheredge

Canoe Garden 2010

Hōkūao Pellegrino works with other volunteers to educate kids about our “Canoe Garden” that features plants that were brought by the Polynesians when they settled in Hawai’i. He educated kids in the historical importance of the plants and how they were used hundreds of years ago as well as today.

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View the entire slideshow on Flickr!

Hawaii News Now Blog on Kihei Garden and Wiki’s


Wiki Garden Success Story: Kihei Elementary

Six months ago, the Aloha Victory Gardens concept was born.

It’s an idea my husband and I came up with after dabbling in our own organic garden. (Back story: He has a background in landscaping and contracting and I challenged him to come up with an easier way to garden. The result is The Wiki Garden.) “The WIki Garden” launched the Aloha Victory Gardens community service project with two donations. The first went to the Institute for Human Services Women & Children’s Shelter.

The second went to Kihei Elementary School on Maui. We installed the Wiki Garden on campus in November, as part of the South Maui Sustainability’s edible garden. The students planted it around Thanksgiving. By January, they already started enjoying the fruits of their labor. Their Wiki Garden has been so successful, students have held many harvest parties to pick their vegetables and herbs. Their parties culminate with a taste test of the fresh produce grown on the grounds.

Read the whole article at Hawaii News Now anchor Tannya Joaquin’s blog Tannya’s Ad-Lib