Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman

June 14 – Monkeypod Kitchen Hosts Fundraising Dinner for Lokelani School Garden

Monkeypod Kitchen by MerrimanMonkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is hosting a special fundraising dinner to support the launch of new school gardens and outdoor learning programs for more than 600 students at Lokelani Intermediate School in Kihei. The Lokelani program launch is a collaborative effort between South Maui School Gardens Project and Community Work Day Program.

Twenty percent of net dinner receipts collected during Monkeypod Kitchen’s dinner service hours on Tuesday, June 14, will support South Maui School Gardens Project in installing educational gardens and providing program support for teachers, students and volunteers. Guests are also invited to make donations to purchase specific wish list items for the project. Donation forms will be available for those who would like to receive a tax deductible donation letter in return.

In addition to hosting the fundraising dinner, Monkeypod Kitchen has signed on as an ongoing financial contributor to the program and provides an incentive program for employees who volunteer in the garden.

Lokelani School garden design by permaculture specialist Rebekah Kuby
Lokelani School garden design by permaculture specialist Rebekah Kuby

Plans for Lokelani include Native Hawaiian gardens, food producing and educational gardens, fruit tree orchards, a chef’s garden for the cafeteria, multi-cultural heritage gardens, and pocket gardens throughout the campus. Students and teachers from all disciplines are taking ownership of this transformative project by creating new outdoor learning activities. Nutritional education, natural science projects, video documenting, creative writing for the school garden blog, garden design drafts, research and planning are just a few curricula in development with Lokelani teachers for the coming school year.

Come join us for drinks and dinner to celebrate the good things growing in our schools!

WHEN:

Fundraiser – Tuesday, June 14, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE:

Monkeypod Kitchen, 10 Wailea Gateway Place, Unit B-201 Kihei, Hawaii 96753

RESERVATIONS:

Call (808) 891-2322

Monkeypod Kitchen is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating features views of Kaho’olawe and Lanai. This event previews Maui Film Festival weekend, so reservations encouraged, walk-ins warmly welcome.

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

 

 

 

 

“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 hotmail.com

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