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June 21, 2014 - 12:05am

Community meal slated Wednesday

Malaai school garden will roll out a new idea for the Waimea and North Hawaii community from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by preparing and serving a free dinner open to everyone to fulfill a belief that “Everyone Needs A Good Meal!” and also that, as educators and healthy lifestyle advocates, it’s a school garden’s kuleana “to make it easy to do the right thing — eat healthier food.”

The dinner gathering will be at Kahilu Town Hall – across from Kahilu Theatre and immediately next door to Waimea Middle School’s 1-acre organic Malaai garden that grows fruits and vegetables, supports core curriculum at Waimea Middle School, and educates the wider community about healthy choices for themselves and the land. Donations will be accepted.

Malaai has been thinking about ways for students to become more involved with the larger community.

The Super Kitchen idea came from Board President Vivienne Aronowitz. “We often hold workshops and events, but largely without the students on the weekends. Suddenly, it struck us. We wanted to start a “Super Kitchen” — not a soup kitchen, but a super kitchen where everyone could come together and share a community meal, just as we do all the time with students in our garden.”

Malaai’s staff met with Laurie Ainslie of Kokua Christian Ministries, which runs one of Waimea’s two food pantries and prepares and serves warm meals each week for families and seniors. With her help, Malaai partnered with Mana Christian Ohana to rent Kahilu Town Hal.

Private chef and board member Maria Peterson agreed to be the first lead chef and she has come up with a chili recipe that will be served with rice and a salad. Malaai herbal tea will be available as the beverage.

Wednesday will be a “pilot” night for Super Kitchen and the hope is to continue it monthly. Donations of locally grown produce and other foods are welcome and some of the items served will have been grown in the Malaai school garden by students.

Call Alethea Lai at 989-7861 for more information or to donate food.

Keiki story time scheduled in Keauhou

Kona Stories bookstore, with assistance from the American Association of University Women, will host a story time for children ages 2 to 6 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The theme this month is “flowers,” featuring books such as “The Story of Ferdinand” and “Planting a Rainbow.” Story time includes crafts and snacks for a $5 participation fee.

Keiki story times are held in the Keauhou Shopping Center courtyard. Space is limited. For more information, or to make a servation, call 324-0350. Check-in 10 minutes prior to story time at Kona Stories.

Shriners meet Wednesday for lunch

All resident and visiting Shriners are invited to The Fish Hopper Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for lunch and fellowship.

For more information, contact Jim Dakan at 895-9101.

Bridge League announces results

Results of the American Contract Bridge League play at the Kona Bridge Club:

June 2: First went to Marlene Sabo and Shelly Hershberger; second, Sara Ito and Robert Bailey.

June 5: North/south first place went to Shirley Decker and Gerald Mitchell; second, Susan Kaneta and Alice Goo.

East/west first place went to Liz Holey and Jim Elstran; second, Lynn Puri and Karen Lopossa.

June 6: First place went to Dean Jenkins and Craig Ross; second, Ann Inaba and JoAn Hill.

June 9: First went to Rexanne Ring and Dean Jenkins; second, Sara Ito and Robert Bailey.

June 12: Mary Dee Overton and Kathy Golitzenn took first place. Second place winners were Rexanne Ring and Chuck Clark.

June 13: First went to Craig Ross and Dean Jenkins; second, Sara Ito and Robert Bailey.

For the schedule of games, call 443-7708.