Friday, May 1, 2009

Public invited to annual Hoa'Aina O Makaha Farm Open House

Hoa 'Aina O Makaha and Makaha Elementary School will be hosting their annual Farm Open House on Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of their students. The event will also celebrate the rebirth of Hale Haumana, which was recently set on fire for the third time.
Although the children of Makaha were upset by the continuous incidents, they persisted on without question or hesitation to rebuild the Hale. Students and teachers from Waianae High School and Makaha Elementary, young people from MA`O Organic Farms and other community members banded together to raise funds to rebuild the hale.

Jack Johnson, a well-known musician and major supporter of the farm, plans to attend the event.

"Hoa'Aina O Makaha plays a vital role in our state by exposing children to values such as malama'aina, sustainability, and growing your own healthy foods," said Wai'anae Representative Maile Shimabukuro. "I urge everyone to come down and support one of the great farms in Hawaii that educate our children and help us to lead healthier lifestyle."

Tools and livestock were also stolen from the Hale when it was burned. Donations to replace these items and to support the farm can be sent to: Hoa `Aina O Makaha, 84-766 Lahaina St., Waianae, HI 96792.

Donations are tax deductible.

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