Seven Big Island Organizations Recipients of the 2013 Malama Honua Awards

A total of seven (7) Big Island organizations were awarded with the 2013 Malama Honua Award, funded by Aloha Grown. Each received a $500 award towards a specific project, program or initiative that embodies Aloha Grown’s philosophy to “Support Local, Sustain the Aina & Share the Aloha.”

From L-R:  Tracey Akau (Parker Ranch Store - Manager), Carl Sturges (Parker School - Headmaster), Holly Sargeant-Green (Malaai - Garden Leader), Hayley Blondin (Waimea Country School - Teacher/Garden Coordinator) and Camille Kalahiki (Parker Ranch Store - Assistant Manager). Missing Dashiell Kuhr (Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture – Executive Director)

From L-R: Tracey Akau (Parker Ranch Store – Manager), Carl Sturges (Parker School – Headmaster), Holly Sargeant-Green (Malaai – Garden Leader), Hayley Blondin (Waimea Country School – Teacher/Garden Coordinator) and Camille Kalahiki (Parker Ranch Store – Assistant Manager). Missing Dashiell Kuhr (Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture – Executive Director)

Congratulations to the following 2013 Malama Honua Award recipients! Following are their projects/programs that promote sustainability (in alphabetical order):

  • Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture – “Aloha Classroom” project
  • Hilo Downtown Improvement Association – “Lets Grow Hilo” project
  • Hilo Intermediate School Parent & Community Networking Center – “Learning Garden/Aquaponics System” project
  • Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin – “Grow our Garden” initiative
  • Malaai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School – “Farm Stand” program
  • Parker School – “Kihapai Hooulu” project
  • Waimea Country School – “Na Keiki Aloha Aina” program

“We were extremely pleased to see such a great response to our Aloha Grown Malama Honua Fund program,” said Aloha Grown Store Manager Tyler Owens. “We received a number of applications and essays from well-deserving organizations.”

From L-R:  Connie Kurohara (Aloha Grown – Vice President), Richard Onishi (Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin - Kyodan President), Jon Kirby (Hilo Intermediate School Parent & Community Networking Center - Century 21 Garden Coordinator), Samantha Robinson (Hilo Downtown Improvement Association - Let's Grow Hilo Coordinator) and Tyler Owens (Aloha Grown – Store Manager).

From L-R: Connie Kurohara (Aloha Grown – Vice President), Richard Onishi (Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin – Kyodan President), Jon Kirby (Hilo Intermediate School Parent & Community Networking Center – Century 21 Garden Coordinator), Samantha Robinson (Hilo Downtown Improvement Association – Let’s Grow Hilo Coordinator) and Tyler Owens (Aloha Grown – Store Manager).

Parker Ranch Store Manager Tracey Akau noted, “it was inspiring to see how many organizations are committed to sustainability efforts in our Big Island communities.”

Aloha Grown is committed to supporting sustainability efforts on the Big Island. Two percent of every Aloha Grown sale goes to the Malama Honua Fund, which awards local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives with similar sustainability missions.

To view the essays submitted by all 2013 Malama Honua Award recipients, visit www.alohagrown.com/malama-honua-fund.html.

For more information on Aloha Grown, visit www.alohagrown.com.

One Response

  1. Wow, wonderful! Congratulations to all the organizations.

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