April 2015 Newsletter

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


A Message From the President

Spring & Upcoming Events

It's amazing how fast the year is going.  Is it April already?  It sure is and Spring is nearly upon us!  Staying with my priorities be in line with the garden's mission of building community around food self-sufficiency and getting every member involved, we have a number of great events coming up!

April 16th at 10am - Volunteer Hero Awards
Each year we nominate a "Volunteer Hero" who has the opportunity to meet with the mayor and be publicly acknowledged for his/her contributions to the garden through the County of Maui HandsOn Maui Volunteer center.  This year we nominated a couple, Bill and Pam Schwartau.  Bill and Pam were the founders and developers of the Goodwill Garden program at HCG that feeds the hungry.  They donate countless hours each week harvesting and delivering produce and even volunteer one day a week at Hale Kau Kau to help prepare the food and serve it to those in need. 

April 23rd at 10am - Perspectives on Community Health Tour
The Perspectives on Community Health trips are an opportunity for people working on public health issues to step out of regular routines and join peers on visits to unique and important organizations--to network, learn, exchange and inspire ideas, and accelerate familiarity and trust between individuals and organizations so that we can work more effectively toward common goals.  A group will join us to hear first-hand from gardeners and staff how this community garden has made an impact on their lives and the lives of those within the community; why community gardening is important or all.  We'll be going on a tour of the facilities: Herb Garden, Bamboo Gathering Circle, Plant Nursery, Compost Area, Orchard, etc.  In preparation for our April 25th fundraiser at the Haiku Ho`olaulea and Flower Festival, they will also have a chance to help harvest and pack herbs, as well as tend and prepare plants in their greenhouse for the event.  Please come down and join us.  Meet at the MLP gate at 10 am sharp. 

April 25th 9 am - 4 pm -  Haiku Hoolaulea & Flower Festival Fundraiser
We'll be raising funds in a the growers market in our booth selling plants, cookbooks, produce from a partner farm, and have a fun keiki coloring activity.  All are welcome to come and enjoy the fun.  We're also looking for volunteers to work in the booth helping visitors, sharing about the garden, and getting to know our fellow community members.

May 9th 7am - The Annual Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Visitor Industry Charity Walk
This is hands down one of the best fundraisers of the year.  I'll be walking with Lori and other gardeners again this year.  Whatever funds the garden raises and contributes to walkers supporting the garden help to raise even more funds for the garden.  This is a also a great event for getting out there to meet others in the nonprofit community and learn about their organizations.  At the end of the walk there is free food for walkers and door prizes.  I hope to see you there too!  We're looking for more walkers and donations, so please let us know if you'd like to partake in the event.

June ? 2pm - Annual Member's Party, Potluck, and Open House
If you are a member and you've ever felt your' the only one at the garden and wondered if there is anyone else around, there is!  Come on down and join us and meet some of them.  The public is also welcomed and we'll be doing tours of the garden during the event.  Stay tuned for more information!

As we become involved in these various activities and events, let us think about how we can share more and encourage the organic and sustainable agriculture movement.  By spreading the food and the word, we not only improve our local community, but can make this a better world.  I hope to see you at one or more of these events and wish everyone an amazing spring!

Kevin Harrington, President
Hali'imaile Community Garden

Donor Spotlight

Kitchen Gardeners International

Kitchen Gardeners International is a 501c3 nonprofit community of 30,000 people from 100 countries who are growing some of their own food and helping others to do the same, both near and far. Their mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems. In doing so, KGI seeks to connect, serve, and expand the global community of people who grow some of their own food.
Hāli’imaile Community Garden is proud to be recognized by KGI with a micro grant earmarked to support our Goodwill Garden and other gardening programs.  Our Goodwill Garden program provides fresh, nutritious produce to food pantries, including the Maui Food Bank and Hale Kau Kau. 

"With the world in the grips of intersecting food, fuel, financial and environmental crises, it is clear that we need to make a shift in the way we eat and live. Kitchen gardens have been an important part of our past and will play an even more critical role in the future as we work to feed a growing world population using a dwindling and increasingly polluted natural resource base," says found Roger Doiron on the KGI website, "Over the past 100 years, we have lost a great deal of cultural knowledge about the production, preservation, preparation and enjoyment of healthy, whole foods. The good news is that we can bring it back and help those who would like to have a healthier, closer relationship with their food to do so."

This is exactly what Hāli’imaile Community Garden strives to do as we build community around food self-sufficiency.  The sustainable agriculture movement we support focuses on the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, the environment, human health, and communities.  The movement promotes environmentally, socially and economically sustainable methods.  The primary aspects that the movement addresses are organic farming systems that restore and conserve natural resources, including soil, water and nutrients; self-sustaining local organic food supplies that improve nutrition and feed community members; and environmental protection from soil degradation, trash and food packaging materials, and agricultural chemicals to create a healthy ecology between people, animals, plants, and the environment.  A self-reliant, economically prosperous, resilient, healthy, and thriving community rooted in the cultural knowledge of food production is the result.

We would like to thank our friends Roger Doiron and KGI for their generosity again this year and their great work spreading the sustainable local food systems movement!

Volunteer Spotlight

Jim Porowski

Jim Porowski, a retired school teacher, began volunteering at the garden in 2014.  Now a regular volunteer at the garden, we are so happy to have him has come once a week to help out around the grounds. 

Jim, pictured here in one of the Goodwill Gardens, works within service groups and alongside our plot manager, as well as by himself, frequently keeping the Goodwill Garden's and herb garden looking well tended.  In addition, he's helped out with harder jobs ranging from cane grass removal and plot clearing to cleaning out the 'bad weed' compost barrels. 

Mahalo Nui Loa to Jim for all your hard work!

Creamed Chayote Squash Soup

From the Grow Your Own Cookbook by Hāli’imaile Community Garden

To obtain a copy this and other receipts in the Hāli’imaile Community Garden cookbook, contact us at to purchase direct or go to to purchase online.  All cookbook fundraiser proceeds benefit Hāli’imaile Community Garden, a tax exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

Photo of the Month

Colorful Squash Harvest

Native Plant Species


Photo courtesy of Forest & Kim Starr
Hawaiian Name:  Wiliwili
Botanical Name: Erythrina sandwicensis
Family: Fabaceae
Status: Endemic
Where Found: On all 8 main Hawaiian islands
As we come into spring and summer you will find these trees beginning to bloom the most incredible flower. These dryland trees are most noticeable on the leeward side of Maui on the drive past ‛Ulupalakua towards Kapuo. The flowers can range from a brilliant orange to a greenish white.  In 2005 the Erythrina species on Maui came under attack by a tiny gall wasp (Quadrastichus erythrinae) that threatened to wipe out all populations of these coral trees. Due to biological control efforts in 2008 this tree seems to be rebounding and successful reports are being reported annually to increased canopy growth and healthier leaves.  Earlier Hawaiians believed that when the wiliwili on the coast were in bloom that sharks were more likely to bite.


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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