May 2015 Newsletter

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Our mission is to build community around food self-sufficiency.


Bill & Pam Meet Mayor Alan Arakawa

2015 Volunteer Hero Ceremony

Part-time Maui residents Bill & Pam Schwartau show us all what a great impact a little gardening can have on a community.  Hailing from Minnesota, this couple spend the winter months here on Maui where they have volunteered at Hāli’imaile Community Garden since January of 2013. 

During their stay on the island, the Schwartaus dedicate one day each week to tending to the garden's Goodwill Garden, which they created to help Hale Kau kau and the Maui Foodbank feed the community with fresh, locally-grown vegetables.  Pam and Bill spend their time planting, maintaining, and harvesting.  They also make weekly deliveries of their produce.  If that's not enough, they also volunteer one day each week at Hale Kau Kau to help prepare and serve the food to the hungry. 

We are grateful for all the work the Schwartuas have done to the community and are proud to honor them with the Maui Volunteer Hero award.

Visit From Hawaii Public Institute of Health

Garden Tour & Service Project

Mahalo to the Hawaii Public Health Institute tour group who came to tour the garden and harvested the most beautiful bunches of herbs for the garden fundraising booth at Ha’ikū Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival this Saturday. Gardening is such good physical exercise and provides a bounty of fresh, nutritious food.

Director Spotlight

Meet Volkan Bilen

Volkan Bilen loves to connect with other people and gives his time freely to Hāli’imaile Community Garden, serving as vice president of the Board and assistant site manager on the Garden Council.  Since 2012 he has been involved in many areas of the garden community, previously serving as the garden's orientation manager and as a group project leader.  Always with a smile on his face and can be now found supporting all our events and fundraisers. 

Volkan has been a successful entrepreneur and farmer in our Hawaii community for the past 10 years.   Previously a partner of a medical laser firm and teacher of middle school math and children with autism, Volkan now spends his time as an organic farmer and helping various communities to grow food. 

He enjoys promoting sustainability every chance his gets and is a wealth of knowledge about medicinal herbs and teas.  In his spare time, Volkan enjoys hiking, surfing, and nature. 

Mahalo to Volkan for all his contributions to the community!

Ha'iku Ho'olaulea & Flower Festival

Fundraising & Fun!

Volunteers and gardeners had loads of fun at the fundraising booth at Ha'iku Ho'olaule'a & Flower Festivall this year while selling cookbooks, produce, plants, and taking donations.

Thursdays in the Garden

Lend a Hand While Getting Some Fresh Air at Hāli’imaile Community Garden

Join us most Thursdays in the Garden from 2 - 4 pm.  For more information on volunteering, go to

Photo of the Month

If You Thought The Shed Door Should Be Painted, So Did We!

Native Plant Species

‛Ie ‛Ie by Allison Borell

Photo courtesy of Allison Borell
Hawaiian Name:  ‛Ie ‛Ie
Common Name: Climbing screwpine
Botanical Name: Freycinetia arborea
Family: Pandanaceae
Status: Indigenous
Where Found: All main Hawaiian Islands except Kaho‛olawe and Ni‛ihau

A fairly common vine or sprawling shrub found in wet to mesic forests often seen twisting its woody stems around trunks of other trees.  Indigenous to Hawai‛i it is also native to other islands in the pacific. Water collected at the base of the leaves creates a breeding site and habitat for 2 endemic damselfly species.  At one time Hawaiian honeycreepers were the primary pollinators of this plant, they have now been replaced by introduced birds like the Japanese white-eye. This is one of the few plants given as an offering at hula altars and medicines were made from the leaves and shoots.


Call for Volunteers
Hali'imaile Community Garden Needs Your Help

Are you interested in volunteering at Hali'imaile Community Garden?  It is a beautiful place to be and a place where you can really make a difference.  Individuals and groups interested in becoming volunteers should complete a volunteer application and plan to attend an orientation session to receive a tour of the garden and learn about the various opportunities available to volunteers.  For more information and a volunteer application form:

Membership Has Its Benefits
Come Grow With Us

The benefits to gardening in a community setting are that it:
  • Improves The Quality Of Life For People In The Garden,
  • Stimulates Social Interaction,
  • Encourages Self-Reliance,
  • Beautifies Hali’imaile,
  • Produces Nutritious Food,
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets,
  • Conserves Resources,
  • Creates Opportunity For Recreation, Exercise, Therapy, Stewardship, and Education,
  • Reduces Crime,
  • Preserves Green Space,
  • Provides Opportunities For Intergenerational And Cross-Cultural Connections,
  • Increases Environmental Sustainability, and
  • Provides Food For Food Pantries.

Plots are now available for new members interested in gardening with us.  Plots are 10' x 20'.  Membership dues are an affordable $100 per year plus 1 service project per quarter.  For more information, see  To inquire about membership, call 415-480-GROW (4769) or submit a contact for at

Talk To Us
The Garden Council is Listening

The garden council provides active management of the garden and is always available for your questions, concerns, ideas, visions for the garden, and suggestions at  Councilmembers Kevin, Lori, and Volkan all receive and read the incoming mails at this address.  We do our best to respond quickly. 

Support Hali'imaile Community Garden
Make a Tax Deductible Contribution

Mahalo for supporting Hali'imaile Community Garden with a tax-deductible contribution,  Hali'imaile Community Garden is recognized as a tax exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).  For donations options:
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