Our very own Courtney Turner received the Visitor Industry Charity Walk Inspiration Award at the Charity Walk Reception on August 12, 2015. Courtney has been a member, supporter, committee member, gardener, and much more at Hāli’imaile Community Garden for the past 9 years. She has hand painted detailed fundraising banners on canvas, helped paint directional signs, donated many plants, shared gardening knowledge, served on the leadership committee, maintained a blog, and helped out in many more ways big and small throughout the years. The banners Courtney paints for the Hāli’imaile Community Garden fundraisers are both beautiful and very special to our organization. Words cannot describe the detail and hours she puts into making our fundraisers a success!
The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association honored Courtney with a plaque and made a generous donation of $1,500 to Hāli’imaile Community Garden on her behalf.
Lori, one of Hāli’imaile Community Garden's Directors, with Richard Hoang, Hale Kau Kau Program Director. Photo Credit: Courtney Turner
Hale Kau Kau, “House of Meals”, was founded by a diverse group of South Maui individuals in 1991, and still continues this service today at Saint Theresa Church. Their mission is to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious meals to the hungry and homebound in a safe, loving, and supportive environment.
Every night of the year they serve a free, hot, nutritious meal unconditionally, no questions asked, to anyone who comes to the kitchen at meal time. They also delivery a free, hot, nutritious meal to their elderly, ill, and disabled homebound clients in South Maui.
On top of that, they go a step further todistribute weekly food baskets and emergency food supplies to families in crisis.
Hāli’imaile Community Garden partners with Hale Kau Kau to reduce hunger and provide better nutrition by growing and delivering assorted vegetables and salad fixings to the Hale Kau Kau kitchen one night each week.
It is a blessing to watch the Aloha handed out at nightly meal service. Each individual is greeted with a big, warm "Aloha" and served with a smile. Arriving hungry and tired from life's trials and tribulations, it's heartwarming to watch how the program uplifts people with human connection through a simple outreach of kindness, compassion, and respect. Hale Kau Kau is a worthwhile program and we at Hāli’imaile Community Garden are proud to be a partner with this worthwhile program.
Ways to get involved:with Hāli’imaile Community Garden
Volunteer to be a Goodwill Garden Helper or Delivery Driver
Join a Fundraising Committee
Become a donor of money, goods, or services
Ways to get involved with Hale Kau Kau
Volunteer to be a Kitchen Helper or Pick Up/Delivery Driver
In 1974, the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association sponsored a “Superwalk” to benefit one major charitable organization. In 1978, the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association members voted to extend the reach of support offered by the walk’s fund-raising capability, the Visitor Industry Charity Walk is the result of this decision. All of Hawai‘i’s non-profit charities are eligible to benefit.
For the second year in a row, Hāli’imaile Community Garden participated in the 37th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk. This year, the Maui walk was a 3.1 mile walk through Kahului that occurred on Saturday, May 12, 2015. Walkers were treated to food, drink and first aid at checkpoints along the walk route by Hawai‘i hotels and allied organizations. Food and entertainment was provided at the finish line.
“Maui County raised a total of $821,520, of which $1,269 benefited Hāli’imaile Community Garden's programs.
“Our industry remains committed to providing for and positively impacting the lives of our residents of Maui County,” says Lisa Paulson, Executive Director for the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association. “This year, we are thrilled to have raised a significant amount of funds which has enabled us to award significant and valuable funding to over 100 worthy Maui County organizations. The range of services of these recipients touches many residents’ lives from children to the elderly, from athletic organizations to service-related agencies; from health to housing.”
The funds each non-profit organization raises for the event are returned to them, along with an percentage of the other funds raised by the association. Hāli’imaile Community Garden would like to thank the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association for their generosity!
Support Hāli’imaile Community Garden This September
Hāli’imaile Community Garden is participating in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program. This program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan, and continues his legacy of giving back to the community.
How It Works
From September 1-30, customers are invited to make donations up to $249 to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. Individuals must use their own Maika'i card to make a donation. Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation made with a Maika'i card. Donations made without a Maika'i card will not be matched.
The Western Union Foundation has generously donated $50,000 to add to Foodland’s gift of $250,000 to Hawaii non-profit organizations participating in Give Aloha this year. Therefore, the total gift that will be given to all participating organizations combined is $300,000!
How to Donate
At checkout, present your Maika'i card (or give your 10-digit number) and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to Hāli’imaile Community Garden, code number 78790. If you do not have a Maika'i account, you may establish one by telling the cashier you would like to do so; you will need to give a unique 10-digit number (such as your phone number).
Tell the cashier how much you would like to donate. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total.
You may donate up to $249 per organization (any amount in excess of $249 will not be matched).
Be sure the cashier reaffirms our organization’s name and amount that you are donating.
Any donation must be made payable to Foodland or Sack N Save.
The name of our organization and the amount you donate will appear on your receipt.
Donor names will not be released to our organization. If you would like us to know of your gift, please contact us directly so that we may properly acknowledge your gift. You may ask the cashier for a duplicate receipt to submit to us.
You may donate up to a cumulative of $249 per organization over the course of several store visits.
You may make donations to more than one organization.
Are These Donations Tax Deductible?
Give Aloha donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please save your store receipt for tax purposes since it will be the only record you will have of your donation. You may ask the cashier for a duplicate receipt.
How Matching Gifts Will Be Calculated
Every year, the matching gift percentage varies and cannot be pre-determined. For the past few years, the matching percentage has been between 20%-25%. Thus, if a customer donated $100 to an organization, Foodland and the Western Union Foundation’s matching gift was $20-$25. The actual matching gifts will be calculated at the end of the program. Organizations will receive 100% of all customer donations given to their organization, plus their % of Foodland and the Western Union Foundation's $300,000 matching gift. The portion of the matching gift that each organization will receive will be based on the total dollar amount of customer donations designated to that organization as a % of all customer donations received for all organizations. For example, if total combined customer donations for all participating organizations equal $1,000,000, and $10,000 (1% of total) in donations are designated for organization XYZ, then organization XYZ will receive 1% of $300,000, or $3,000 from Foodland and the Western Union Foundation's matching gift in addition to the $10,000 from customer donations. Total gift to organization XYZ = $13,000.
Are you looking for more creative ways to give to Hāli’imaile Community Garden? Here's a one that is simple and fast and helps our organization to receive the items we truly need. Take a look at our Amazon wishlist and simply purchase one or more items of your choice ranging in price from under $5 and up and Amazon will ship it directly to us on your behalf.
Hawaiian Name: `ilima
Botanical Name: Sida fallax
Where Found: All Hawaiian Islands
This plant is a sprawling shrub or schrub with bright yellow to yellow orange flowers. It grows on sandy coasts, in lava rock, dry environments to mesic forests. It can be used as a ground cover or grown in a container. The flower is strung to make lei and takes about 500-600 hundred of the paper thin flowers to make one strand. This is why it was known as “the royal lei” worn only by Hawaiian high chiefs.
When we can't keep the hungry pests out, we lock them out. After trying everything else, one gardener built several growing cages. They let lots of light in and have been quite effective locking out snails who enjoy chomping on young vegetable starts. Another gardener joked that it's just the opposite of eggs. We like our eggs free range, rather than caged. But we prefer our lettuce caged as free range lettuce is also known as escargot!
A big mahalo nui loa to Kevin Harrington and our very own plot manager, Lori, for designing the garden's banner for the Foodland Give Aloha fundraiser. Kevin created the garden's logo and Lori took the logo for the garden and the Give Aloha program and put it all together with the wording in a bright and beautiful banner that is sure to get noticed.
A special shout out goes to our friends over at Sign Solutions in Kihei for printing it up on a nice vinyl banner with grommets in a single morning! Their quality and service is outstanding!
The banner will be hung in a Maui Foodland store to encourage shoppers to donate to the garden through the Give Aloha program.
Call for Volunteers
Hali'imaile Community Garden Needs Your Help
Are you interested in volunteering at Hāli’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: http://www.haliimailegarden.com/volunteer.html
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,
Produces Nutritious Food,
Reduces Family Food Budgets,
Creates Opportunity For Recreation, Exercise, Therapy, Stewardship, and Education,
Preserves Green Space,
Provides Opportunities For Intergenerational And Cross-Cultural Connections,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Hāli’imaile with a tax-deductible contribution, Hāli’imaile Community Garden is recognized as a tax exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
For donations options: http://www.haliimailegarden.com/donate.html