Friday | November 24, 2017
About Us | Contact | Subscribe

Aloha Grown Malama Honua Fund goes to 5 Big Island schools and organizations

Updated: 
July 7, 2017 - 12:25am

WAIMEA — On June 28, five Big Island schools and organizations were presented with 2017 Aloha Grown Malama Honua Awards.

Recipients included Parker School and Waimea Elementary School for “Kihapai Hooulu” Project; Kohala Youth Ranch for “Equine-Assisted Therapy” Program; Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School for “Farm to School” Program Hydroponics &Aquaponics Systems; Volcano School of Arts and Sciences for “Kalo Garden” Project; and Na Wai Ola Public Charter School for “Third Grade Composting” Project.

Each organization received the $500 award to put toward a specific project or program that embodies Aloha Grown’s philosophy to “Support Local, Sustain the Aina &Share the Aloha.”

“Here at Aloha Grown, we are committed to supporting efforts to care for our island, our people and our culture,” said Randy Kurohara, the company’s president and owner. “That is why 2 percent of every Aloha Grown sale goes to our Malama Honua Fund, which annually awards local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives that embody our philosophy. This year we received a number of applications and essays from many well-deserving organizations.”

Parker Ranch Store Manager Camille Kalahiki added, “It was inspiring to see how many organizations are committed to sustainability efforts in our Big Island communities.”

The Malama Honua Fund award application process included a one-page essay explaining how the organization follows Aloha Grown’s philosophy, as well as a description of the project/program that the $500 award would be used to fund. All essays were thoroughly reviewed by an Aloha Grown selection committee.

Rules for posting comments