October 20, 2017 (Honolulu Civil Beat)—Students in Lori Kwee’s fourth grade class at Ala Wai Elementary in Honolulu began a recent school garden lesson by discussing the meaning of “aina,” or land, segueing outdoors where they planted cuttings of uala, or sweet potato, then finally sampling the purple flesh of an Okinawan sweet potato.
October 19, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—The Akamai Workforce Initiative, through the Hawaii Community Foundation, the North Kohala Community Resource Center-Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden and the Kohala Center Inc. are the three recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award.
October 17, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—The Hawaii Island Food Alliance and KTA Super Stores will celebrate National Food Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 24 at KTA’s Puainako, Waimea and Keauhou locations. Food Day aims to support and promote local food and farmers, as well as healthy foods, healthy eating and safe food handling.
October 1, 2017 (KITV)—October is Farm to School month and a project on Hawaii Island highlights how students are able to eat locally grown produce.
October 1, 2017 (Big Island Now)—The Hawai‘i Farm to School Initiative is celebrating Farm to School Week by highlighting its pilot project in Kohala. From Oct. 2 to 5, students at Kohala public schools will enjoy delicious, fresh cooked meals that will feature local ingredients such as Big Island ground beef, apple bananas, sweet potatoes and pineapple.
September 22, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Thirty-four community-based organizations across the United States that provide assistance to disadvantaged entrepreneurs will soon receive a combined $5 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME).
The Kohala Center (TKC) is among these organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs gain access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses. Their PRIME award will total $150,000, to be made available Sept. 30 for a 12-month project period.
August 29, 2017 (State of Reform)—Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced that it has selected five community organizations to receive grants to improve access to quality health care, nutrition and health education across the state.