A total of five Big Island organizations were honored with the 2014 Aloha Grown Malama Honua Award. Each received $500 award toward a specific project, program or initiative that embodies Aloha Grown’s philosophy to “Support Local, Sustain the Aina &Share the Aloha.”
The award winners are the Alo Kehau o ka Aina Mauna “Malama Puu” project; Kohala Elementary School “Discovery Garden” project; Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School “Farm to School” program; Naalehu School Garden “Aquaponics Garden Unit” project, and Punana Leo o Waimea’s “Malaai expansion” project.
“We were extremely pleased to once again see such a great response to our Aloha Grown Malama Honua Fund program,” said Aloha Grown store manager Tyler Owens. “We received a number of applications and essays from well-deserving organizations.”
Parker Ranch store manager Tracey Akau noted, “it was inspiring to see how many organizations are committed to sustainability efforts in our Big Island communities.”
Aloha Grown is committed to supporting sustainability efforts in Hawaii — 2 percent of every Aloha Grown sale goes to the Malama Honua Fund, which then awards local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives with similar sustainability missions.