By Rob Parsons
Adorned in stylish pink-rimmed sunglasses to avert the July midday sun, Kihei Elementary second-grader Dawna held hands with Governor Neil Abercrombie as she led him across the sunny courtyard to their school garden.
“See right there, Governor,” Dawna asked her new friend, “over by that tree? That’s where I planted my eggplant!”
A small entourage gathered for the occasion relished the poignant moment of youth meeting with Hawai‘i’s top elected official, in a setting that speaks volumes about growing sustainable futures and healthy communities.
Back in May, the visiting governor and his staff, on Maui to address graduation exercises for University of Hawai‘i, Maui Campus, enjoyed a healthy luncheon prepared by chefs Dan Fiske and Brian Etheridge, sponsors for the South Maui School Gardens Project. Much of the meal comprised vegetables and herbs grown in the Kihei Elementary School garden. Students and advisors at the event shared a letter with Governor Abercrombie, encouraging statewide support and funding for school gardens in Hawai‘i.… Read More