'AINA In Schools is a farm to school initiative that connects children to their local land, waters, and food to grow a healthier Hawai'i! Keolu is an 'AINA school! Students from Pre K - 6th grade recieve gardening or nutrition lessons once a month. Children learn how to grow a garden, what plants work together, and how to eat the food they grow! Students are provided with a healthy, easy to make snack based off their lessons, and are also able to take home recipies to use on their own.
Fall Garden Party 2019
Every semester we like to hold a Garden Party to bring the school and community together. Collaboratively, everyone involved helps prep and get the garden beds ready for the next round of 'AINA Lessons. This year, we weeded, added soil to the beds, added a bed for the Cafeteria to grow their own produce, and all staff members planted their own kalo!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for... POI SMOOTHIES! Part of the 'AINA in Schools program is to teach students about the healthy decisions they can make about the food that they eat. The nutrition program helps them learn more about the different types of food and what it can do for your body.
Students also learn about Gardening and Composting to help their lessons come full circle. Students are able to learn about and grow their own food, and in turn, learn what that food does for their body. Lets help our keiki explore their world!
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
3rd grade got an amazing opportunity to learn about the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, an invasive species in Hawaii. They got to learn about ways to identify Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles, their larva, the evidence in a tree that shows a beetle has been there, and the traps that are set all around the island. Thank you so much to lead parent docent Cris Wagner for setting all of this up for our Keiki!