Mālaʻai celebrates 15 years!

  • January 23, 2020
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Who? You and all your friends!

What? Mālaʻai 15 year celebration

Where? Mālaʻai garden at Waimea Middle School

When? Friday, February 7, 3-5:00

3pm-4pm Garden snacks and student led activities

4pm-5pm Presentation, mahalos, and dedication of Mālaʻai as a School Peace Garden (with special guests Chadd Paishon and Kuʻulei Keakealani!)

February marks 15 years of paʻahana at Māla’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School. We are so grateful for all the support from teachers, staff, students, the community and the land as we have grown from humble beginnings to the beautiful, thriving garden that exists today.

Please join us for our community celebration on Friday, February 7, 3-5:00 in the garden at Waimea Middle School. We will have student led stations and presentations from Kuʻulei Keakealani and Chadd Paishon, as well as snacks and tea.

As a part of the celebration, we will be dedicating Mālaʻai as an official School Peace Garden, joining a larger community of schools that are “dedicated to developing a culture of peace on campuses.” Please visit hiphi.org for more information.

We will also be celebrating Alethea Lai, as she moves on after a decade as our Executive Director. Her dedicated work has allowed Mālaʻi to thrive and we are deeply grateful for her leadership. She will remain an ally, and we wish her the best in her next endeavor. Amanda Rieux will be taking on this role and will lead us gracefully through the transition. 

This work would be no where with out YOU and we hope you can join us for this special moment!

In this era of big change, we are committed to deepening our work in the garden at Mālaʻai and around the state through the Hawaiʻi Island School Garden Network.

As you join us in celebrating 15 years of growing, we hope you will also help us to envision a future where all school children have the chance to learn lessons from nature; through joyful work with the land, growing their own food, deepening their sense of belonging, and ultimately recognizing their value.

Hope to see you in the garden!

canʻt come but want to support in another way? Make a donation!