Taro Lo’i Built to Revitalize Lahainaluna Ag
By Wendy Osher
Volunteers are working this week to assist in the revitalization of the Agricultural program at Lahianaluna High School. The Community Work Day Program is assisting school with two days of work to clear land, conduct native plant landscaping for water conservation, and build a taro lo’i for food production.
The expanded agricultural section is intended to help in-part to support the school’s boarders program.
The program is part of a partnership done in conjunction with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” initiative. The program focuses on policy and environmental changes to reduce obesity by promoting healthy nutrition and activity.
Over the next year, CWD will be coordinating a grassroots effort to build a total of eighteen school and community gardens throughout Maui Nui with funding through the national Center for Disease Control and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
CWD’s garden projects will provide volunteers with physical activity along with access to fresh fruits and vegetables while strengthening sustainable food sources for the islands.
Work began yesterday and continues tomorrow, Saturday, March 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The CWD encourages family, friends and alumni to join in the volunteer effort.
Partners in the project include the County of Maui Department of Water Supply, The Maui School Garden Network, Ace Hardware, Hawaiian Dredging, Chamberlain Excavation, Cilantro Restaurant, Lulu’s Lahaina, and Tropic Water.
Volunteers for the Lahainaluna event will meet at 980 Lahainaluna Road. Participants should bring covered shoes, work gloves, gardening tools and a reusable water bottle. Water and snacks will be provided. Call (808) 662-4006 for more information. Individuals, businesses and community organizations interested in donating time or materials for upcoming garden sites can sign up at Lahaina Ace Hardware or contact Community Work Day Program at (808) 877-2524.