Harvest Festivals – What Students Taught Us

Amazing Dishes


Harvest Festivals are year-end activities that allow students to enjoy the fruits of their labor. This year, volunteer Chefs from DUO in the Four Seasons Wailea, Outrigger Pizza Company and Ono Gelato came out to share their skills with students in the garden. Quesadillas, harvest fresh salsa, smoothies, steamed kalo (taro), herb salad, rosemary and lavender lemonade, and ratatouille served on a kalo and ‘ulu (breadfruit) pancake, were some of the fun and unique garden-inspired dishes that the chefs shared. Find some of these recipes here.

Tasting Something New

While students were eager to try the dishes made from ingredients from their gardens, they hesitated on some of the more unique items. At Kihei Elementary School, many had never tried ratatouille before. To encourage students to try it, we started having them be part of the assembly process. Each student got a piece of pancake, and served their own ratatouille, as much, or as little as they wanted, over the pancake. This simple bit of engagement made them feel like they were part of creating the dish, and they were less intimidated to try it. When they did, they loved it!

Similarly, at Pomaika ‘i Elementary School in Kahului, the first class of students to participate in the Harvest Festival was hesitant to try the kalo (taro), with only about 10% tasting it. For the second class, teachers asked students to serve it to their classmates. With this small change, participation in the tasting skyrocketed, with over 80% of students tasting the kalo.

Meanwhile, at Kamali’i Elementary School in Kihei, students loaded on the veggies without hesitation when it was their turn to make quesadillas. Did having a hand in creating their meal make a difference? We think so.

Lesson Learned

In the end, teachers, chefs, and garden coordinators saw the importance of having students involved in the food preparation and serving process.  By having them try a dish they had served themselves, or having the encouragement of their classmates, students weren’t as fearful to try something new. They enjoyed their schools’ Harvest Festival events as a way to taste new foods and celebrate the ending of a successful school year.

Parents and caregivers can also learn from this experience. Having your child select produce from a local farmer’s market is the first step. Letting them help prepare the dish, and then serve it to family members, can have a big impact and get the whole family to try eating healthier foods.

Bon appetit!

Delicious Food & Great Fun at Taste of School Gardens

Friends of Grow Some Good Show Their Support

Saturday, March 10th, friends and supporters of Grow Some Good gathered to celebrate the 6th Annual Taste of School Gardens event, held at Maui Tropical Plantation. Guests enjoyed wonderful garden-inspired dishes, with fine wines, local brews, and music by the Deborah Vial Band. The event raised over $50,000 for our school garden programs.

“Zero Waste” Results

With the help of Maui Huliau Foundation Green Events program, we were able to reduce the amount of waste generated from the event that ended up in a landfill to just 7%, while 71% of waste was compostable, and 22% recycled.   

Gardens Change Lives

See how the kids enjoy the garden with our video, “Gardens Change Lives,” created in partnership with the Mālamalama Maui Project and Kilinahe Media.



Mahalo to all of our sponsors, restaurant partners, vendors, volunteers, and donors who helped make this a very special night.




Photo Credits: Mieko Photography

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.

Taste of School Gardens

Preview March 8 Live & Silent Auction Items!

We are so excited about this Saturday’s hoedown in Wailea, we couldn’t wait to share more! Check out this preview of live and silent auction items to be featured at the 2nd Annual Taste of School Gardens event at Hotel Wailea, Saturday, March 8, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more details on the event, menus and tickets, CLICK HERE.


makenaMulti-Chef Private Estate Dinner
20 guests max.
(Valid March 8, 2014 – March 8, 2015 – Scheduled on availability)
Delight your guests with a private dinner on a private oceanfront Makena estate with cuisine designed and prepared by Maui’s premiere chefs from Four Seasons Resort Maui, Spago, Capische, and Private Maui Chef. Participating chefs: Chef Cameron Lewark (Spago), Chef Brian Etheredge (Capische & Il Teatro), Private Maui Chef Dan Fiske and Four Seasons Resort Maui Chef Craig Dryhurst. Includes: Custom menu, 5 courses (including passed apps).  Host provides wine, table settings and linens.

A portion of proceeds from this auction will establish the Grow Some Good School Garden-to-Table Scholarship fund for Maui Culinary Academy students that demonstrate a passion for locally grown ingredients and pass their inspirations on to our future farmers and chefs.

Value: $6,000
Minimum Bid: $3,000

Guided Kaupo Hunting & Foraging Camping Trip + Private Dinner
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Connecting to your food sources extends beyond the garden in this 2-day/ 1-night package featuring a guided hunt on Kaupo Ranch’s 8,000+ acres of pristine land on Haleakala’s leeward slope. As part of the ranch’s game management program and conservation efforts, each hunter is allowed to hunt a male or female Axis deer, Polynesian feral goat, and pig. The two-day hunt—either bow or rifle—is guided by Kaupo hunter and Maui native Robin Kean.

Guests will returnbrianetheredge to the historic Kaupo Ranch house for a dinner prepared by award-winning Chef Brian Etheredge of Capische? and Il Teatro restaurants in Wailea. An avid hunter, Chef Etheredge shares his tips on preparing a gourmet dinner using wild exotic game caught on the ranch. Hunters must have a valid State of Hawaii hunting license.

Value: $10,000
Minimum Bid: $3,500



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1 Year – Kula Fields Deliveries
Kula Fields Delivery is a farmer’s market on wheels. A fresh new way to have local produce and gourmet grocery items delivered to your home or office. Offer includes one large box of produce delivered per month for 12 months.

Value: $900



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Your Own Private Chef – Daniel Fiske, Private Maui Chef
Take one of Maui’s premiere chefs home to create a custom menu and wine pairings for up to 8 guests.
Chef Dan Fiske, Private Maui Chef
Includes: Custom menu, 4 courses, table settings and linens. Host provides beverages/wine.
Value: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000

Chef de Cuisine Cameron Lewark and Beverage Manager Michael Lefk


Your Own Private Chef – Cameron Lewark, Spago
Take one of Maui’s premiere chefs home to create a custom menu and wine pairings for up to 8 guests.
Chef Cameron Lewark, Spago
Includes: Custom menu, 4 courses.  Host provides beverages/wine, table settings and linens.
Value: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000

Sauce Recipes Private Class with Chef Jana McMahonJanaportrait-300x188
Invite up to 5 guests for an in-home gourmet sauce fest with Private Chef Jana McMahon. Learn how to make whole grain mustard and sauces that will turn any meal into an exquisite gourmet feast. Practice and taste 3 different sauces, which can be used in a variety of recipes. Lots of fun and a great way to take your entertaining to the next level!
Value: $400
Minimum Bid: $150

Travel + Stay-cations

Two Round Trips on Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air
Two unrestricted coach round trips to anywhere Alaska Airlines and Horzon Air flies.
Value: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $950

Stay-cation Package: The Andaz Maui at Wailea + Ka’ana Kitchen
3 night stay at Andaz Maui at Wailea + $100 food credit at the resort’s Ka’ana Kitchen. The 15-acre resort designed by world-renowned architecture firm, Rockwell Group, features four cascading outdoor infinity pools; a 15,000 square foot full-service spa; a state-of-the-art fitness facility; and world-class restaurants. Ka’ana Kitchen brings the best of the island from local farmers, foragers and locavores. Chefs procure many ingredients exclusively from Ka’ana Farm and its neighbors. Let loose your taste buds and explore the adventures that await you at Ka’ana Kitchen.
Package Value: $2,437
Minimum Bid: $750

Stay-cation at Grand Wailea
Enjoy a complimentary 3-night stay at the Grand Wailea in their Deluxe Garden Accommodations. Walk barefoot through 40 acres, steps from Wailea Beach. During your stay, you may choose to Indulge at the award-winning Spa Grande and some of Maui’s best restaurants (not included in package). Your ultimate Hawaii getaway begins at the Grand Wailea Resort, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award 14 consecutive years.
Value: $1,165
Minimum Bid: $550

Stay-cation Package: Hotel Wailea + Dinner at Capische?
At Hotel Wailea, escape the ordinary and relax into a haven for rejuvenation and spiritual transformation. Discover a unique Hawaii paradise at this luxury Maui hotel nestled on the hillsides of Wailea, where stunning views of white sand beaches, crystal blue Pacific waters and lush mountains captivate your soul. During your stay, enjoy dinner at Capische? where award-winning cuisine and ambiance bring Northern Italy and Southern France to the Top of Wailea.
$499  1 night at Hotel Wailea + $250 dinner at Capische?
Package Value: $749
Minimum Bid: $350

Dining & Entertainment

Dinner for Two at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante
Oceanside dinner under the Maui stars at Four Seasons Resort Maui. An Italian cucina rustica menu showcases its kiawe wood-burning oven to dramatic effect, while magnificent sunset views and an extensive collection of Italian wines bring romance to the table.
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100

Dinner for Two at DUO Steak and Seafood
Dinner for two set against a luxurious poolside backdrop and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Find your attention absorbed by the open kitchen of DUO Steak and Seafood at Four Seasons Resort Maui.
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100

Dinner at Spago
$150 gift certificate to enjoy Chef Cameron Lewark’s brilliant menu, using Hawaii’s premier produce, fish and meats and the styling that has made Spago famous.
Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $75

Fabiani’s  Dinner for Two
Enjoy a taste of Italy during breakfast, lunch or dinner at Fabiani’s in Kihei and Wailea. Fresh baked goods and pastries, sandwiches, salads, home-made pasta and pizza are among the delicious rustic Italian selections.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

Old Lahaina Luau for Two
An evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and island crafts. Guests will appreciate a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history while enjoying an ocean view and sunset.
Value: $218.74
Minimum Bid: $100

Willie K Dinner & Show for 2 at Mulligan’s on the Blue in Wailea
Mulligans is the home of “The Best Dinner Show on Maui” with Uncle Willie K! His incredible performances include an astounding array of music styles, ranging from Hawaiian to Latin to famous Italian arias! His stories and wit have audience in stitches between songs, so put this at the top of your “must do” list whether you’re visiting or live in the islands.
Value: $130
Minimum Bid: $60

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman Gift Certificate
$100 gift certificate to Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman – dedicated to mastering the craft of food, drink, and merrymaking…with Aloha. Menu features fresh island fish, hand tossed pizzas from a kiawe wood-burning oven, and homemade cream pies made from scratch.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

Longhi’s at The Shops at Wailea
$120 gift certificates to Longhi’s at The Shops at Wailea with an ala carte menu, featuring Mediterranean cuisine, speciality products including organic meats, fresh Hawaiian seafood and produce.
Value: $120
Minimum Bid: $60


Custom Home Garden Installation + Consultation
By Island Home Gardens
2 custom-built raised cedar beds with irrigation, soil, amendments and plantings.
2 follow up visits post-installation
Value:  $1,800
Minimum bid:  $800

Home Garden Consultation
By Island Home Gardens
Three hour home garden evaluation and consultation. Determining suitable space, type of garden, plants, irrigation needs and soil requirements.
Value:  $180
Minimum bid:  $80

Two Relax Therapeutic Massages

Relax Therapeutic Massage practices a blend of bodywork techniques, fusing Swedish, Lomi Lomi and Deep Tissue Massage. Available in your home, condo, hotel room or at the office. Experience healing therapeutic massage on a lanai with breathtaking  ocean views from Kaho’olawe and Moloka’i to the West Maui Mountians. Two individual appointments by Mary Guerriero, licensed therapeutic massage therapist.
Value: $190 for two individual massages
Minimum bid: $100

doTerra Aromatherapy Facial (60 min)
60 minute doTerra aromatherapy facial by Gyan Bohannon, Aesthetician, Lumeria Maui Crystal Spa
Value: $125
Minimum Bid: $50

Lumeria Maui Detox/Cleanse Retreat (90 min)
90 minute Colon Hydrotherapy & Dietary Consultation by Gyan Bohannon, certified colon hydrotherapist.
Value: $135
Minimum Bid: $50

Two-Hour Portrait Session – Photographer Jason Kelly
Families, couples, kids, beach moments in a beautiful portrait.
Includes shooting and disc with all hi-res images. Prints are an additional fee.
Value: $300
Minimum Bid: $150

Yoga for Everybody – Private Yoga Lesson for Two
Gylian Solay leads a 1-hour private yoga class that emphasizes how the gentle flow of breath can ease you in and out of poses, at any age and any level of yoga experience.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $40

Organize Your Life with “Organizational Guru” Gylian Solay
One-hour consultation to help you move from a sense of overwhelming chaos to user-friendly order. Create systems, and organization based on who you are, your priorities, and your lifestyle. Working together, organizing becomes a spirited “Mission Possible.”
Value: $40
Minimum Bid: $20

Individual Pilates Session
A 1-hour session with Arlene Salomon at the Bodywork & Pilates Studio at Charley Young Beach. The session will be customized to your body with the opportunity to work out using all of the various apparatus.
Value: $75
Minimum Bid: $40

Property Valuation Consultation
By Kathy Becklin R(B) Aloha Realty Group
Get a complete Property Valuation Report including a Property Profile with estimated value and recent comparables, chances of selling graph, typical financing, $/sq ft. analysis and more for any residential property in Maui. Includes a 1-hour consultation (with you and/or your client) as well as a multi-paged detailed report. Offer available to licensed REALTORs or homeowners.
Value: $250   
Minimum Bid: $125   


No Ka ʻOi Hiking Half-Day Hiking Adventure for Two
This hiking adventure for two offers some of the best Maui has to offer as we travel “Mauka to Makai,” from Mountain to Ocean or embark on a hidden waterfall adventure. Your choice! Both adventures end with lunch at a local favorite restaurant spot. Following this adventure, you’ll agree: Maui No Ka ‘Oi!
Value: $400
Minimum bid: $175

Dinner Cruise for Two — Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures
Four course dinner, live entertainment and cocktails while enjoying spell-binding views of the Pacific and the islands of Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, and Kaho’olawe during the golden sunset hours.
Value: $170
Minimum Bid: $90

Two Rounds of Golf at Wailea Golf – Gold or Emerald Course
Experience the Wailea Golf Club, whose championship Gold, Emerald and Blue courses boast breathtaking ocean views from every hole and dozens of prestigious awards. Truly the best golf in Hawaii! Note: Subject to blackout dates.
Value: $470
Minimum Bid: $250

Star Gazing with Harriet Witt
Enjoy the view from planet Earth with international award-winning science writer Harriet Witt and her telescope. Harriet was the celestial navigation teacher for the crew of the Hokule’a Voyaging Canoe in preparation for its Rapanui voyage and is the astronomer to the Maui Film Festival.
Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $75

Foodie Goodies

Maui Preserved Assorted Basket
Featuring handcrafted produce of the Hawaiian Islands preserved in flavors both traditional and extraordinary.
Value: $50
Minimum Bid: $20

Choice Health Bar, Lahaina
$50 gift certificate for the best raw, vegan super foods on Maui!
Value: $50
Minimum Bid: $20

Solar Oven – HighestVibration.com

Ready to Cook – Complete Kit.  You add the food and the sunshine. Just like a solar crock pot and your kitchen stays cool while you bake.  Take it with you on your camping trip, fishing, boating etc. Temperatures range from 200 – 300 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the sun angle, food content, and length of time exposed to the sun.
Value: $250
Minimum Bid: $100

Hawaiian Moons Gift Certificate
Shop at one of Maui’s finest neighborhood natural foods stores with an excellent selection of local produce and prepared foods.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

Wailea Wine
$100 gift certificate to Wailea Wine offering an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world as well as the Maui’s best selection of spirits, craft beers, cigars, and gourmet foods including Kobe Beef, Maui steaks, and New Zealand rack of lamb.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir
Donated by Homes & Land Magazine
2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Kosta Brown wines are considered some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. Here is your opportunity to experience a truly special wine.
Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $75


Island Art Party Passes
A brush stroke here, a sip of something there and – VOILA! – you’ve transformed that blank canvas into your own work of art. We provide all the materials, set-up & clean-up…All you have to do is show up! A variety of wine, beer, & other “creative juices” & light snacks are available for purchase at our bar.
Value: $70
Minimum Bid: $35

Terese Petrone Glass Art Sculptures
Beautifully hand-crafted, ocean-inspired glass art by Swedish-born Maui resident artist Terese Petrone.
Sea Horse
Value: $275
Minimum Bid: $100

Sea Turtles
Value: $500
Minumum Bid: $175

Rally for Grow Some Good

5530188366_73a030b5b0_oIn 6 wonderful years, Grow Some Good has grown its programs from 1 class and 24 students to 2,500+ students in 7 schools. We are amazed and thankful for an awesome community of educators, parents and garden lovers digging into this movement! Grow Some Good is rallying to raise $10,000 to benefit current programs and sprout new outdoor learning experiences and hereʻs how you can help:

Growing Goodness in 2014: Volunteer. Donate. Be a Fan Fundraiser. Share.
Visit our Rally.org page and make a tax-deductible donation or become a Grow Some Good Fan Fundraiser.

Our TOP FAN FUNDRAISER will win 2 tickets to the March 8 Taste of School Gardens event at Hotel Wailea, where Mauiʻs top chefs will prepare gourmet cuisine using school-garden and local grown ingredients. Link to register as a Fan Fundraiser: https://rally.org/growsomegood/start

rallyOr you may prefer to share the good news on our school garden rally through Facebook and Twitter using this link: https://rally.org/growsomegood

Thank you for your support to inspire better nutrition and a thriving future for local farmers, chefs, scientists, teachers and eco-minded entrepreneurs on Maui.

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!!!


Thank You Maui School Garden Network

On behalf of the South Maui School Gardens Project we’d like to congratulate Lehn Huff and the Maui School Garden Network for connecting our school garden programs by way of the recently launched MauiSchoolGardenNetwork.org blog site.  Great things are growing  in Maui County!

Thank You Lehn, for providing the vision and direction to see the development of MSGN into an online resource for connecting, engaging and inspiring our youth, our educators and community volunteers and supporters.

And special thanks to South Maui School Gardens Project member Kathy Becklin who has dedicated herself to seeing the MSGN web presence meet the needs of a multitude of different users.    Great work Kathy!

Your Gift Keeps Us Growing!

Thank you for considering a donation to the South Maui School Gardens Project.  The important work you’ve heard about in these pages is made possible entirely because of people like you.  Your contribution will be put right to work buying soil amendments, seeds, starts, mulch, garden tools and much more to keep our gardens growing.  We accept the following types of contributions:

  1. Contribute In-kind donations of equipment or supplies. The generous contributions of in-kind donations of resources, supplies and labor from local businesses are key to getting school gardens established and are an integral part of their continued sustainability.
  2. Contribute your time by signing up as a volunteer.
  3. Make a donation to the South Maui School Gardens Project. Your tax deductible contributions directly support  our work with teachers, students, educators and provide outreach support. Your support is an investment in our keiki and our island home.  We have 501c3 status as a project under Tri-Isle RC&D

You may donate one of two ways:

1.  By Check or Cash:  Please make checks payable to TriIsle RC&D.

Mail checks to:

South Maui School Gardens Project
c/o Kathy Becklin
545 Halalai Place
Kihei HI 96753


2.  Donate Online:

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Mahalo nio loa for your kokua.

What’s Bugging You? Reference Material

For a good overview of some common garden pest and plant issues check out this  quick reference library of bugs, caterpillars, insects and other plant diseases and problems, courtesy of National Gardening Association.

This is easy to use resource can help you quickly identify common plant pests and problems you’re likely to encounter in your garden.  Great color photos and concise descriptions make this a great go-to-guide for every level of garden enthusiast, educator, student,  and volunteer!

Find out  what’s  been buggin’ you.


Maui Master Gardener Helpline

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 9 am to noon
Phone: (808) 244-3242 ext. 228
email: MauiMg@ctahr.hawaii.edu
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.