Five Big Island Organizations Awarded Aloha Grown Malama Honua Award

A total of five (5) Big Island organizations were awarded with the 2014 Aloha Grown Malama Honua Award. 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 (front row): Katie Arrayan (ʻAlo Kēhau parent), Ikaika Arrayan (ʻAlo Kēhau kindergarten student), Kaui Takamine (ʻAlo Kēhau 1st grade student), Kaweloanu Castro (ʻAlo Kēhau kindergarten student), Kekapalehua Castro (Pūnana Leo preschooler), Kaiea Akau LaClair (Pūnana Leo preschooler), and Kalua Castro (ʻAlo Kēhau and Pūnana Leo parent). From L-R (back row):  Camille Kalahiki (Parker Ranch Store - Assistant Manager), Leilani Griego (ʻAlo Kēhau parent), Uilani Macabio (ʻAlo Kēhau – Parent & Office Staff), Kanalu Lacy (ʻAlo Kēhau 2nd grade student), Laʻakea Takamine (ʻAlo Kēhau 3rd grade student), Koʻiawe Griego (ʻAlo Kēhau 3rd grade student), Jane Lee (Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden – FoodCorps Service Member), Maluhia O`Donnell (Pūnana Leo – Site Coordinator), and Tracey Akau (Parker Ranch Store - Manager).

From L-R (front row): Katie Arrayan (ʻAlo Kēhau parent), Ikaika Arrayan (ʻAlo Kēhau kindergarten student), Kaui Takamine (ʻAlo Kēhau 1st grade student), Kaweloanu Castro (ʻAlo Kēhau kindergarten student), Kekapalehua Castro (Pūnana Leo preschooler), Kaiea Akau LaClair (Pūnana Leo preschooler), and Kalua Castro (ʻAlo Kēhau and Pūnana Leo parent).  From L-R (back row): Camille Kalahiki (Parker Ranch Store – Assistant Manager), Leilani Griego (ʻAlo Kēhau parent), Uilani Macabio (ʻAlo Kēhau – Parent & Office Staff), Kanalu Lacy (ʻAlo Kēhau 2nd grade student), Laʻakea Takamine (ʻAlo Kēhau 3rd grade student), Koʻiawe Griego (ʻAlo Kēhau 3rd grade student), Jane Lee (Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden – FoodCorps Service Member), Maluhia O`Donnell (Pūnana Leo – Site Coordinator), and Tracey Akau (Parker Ranch Store – Manager).

Congratulations to the following 2014 Malama Honua Award recipients! Following are their projects/programs that promote sustainability (in alphabetical order):

  • Alo Kehau o ka Aina Mauna – “Malama Puu” project
  • Kohala Elementary School – “Discovery Garden” project
  • Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School – “Farm to School” program
  • Naalehu School Garden – “Aquaponics Garden Unit” project
  • Punana Leo o Waimea – “Malaai expansion” project

“We were extremely pleased to once again 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.”

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 in Hawaii. Two percent of every Aloha Grown sale goes to the Malama Honua Fund, which then awards local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives with similar sustainability missions.

To view the essays submitted by all 2014 Malama Honua Award recipients, visit www.alohagrown.com/malama-honua-fund.html

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

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