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Aloha Grown presents Malama Honua Awards

Award winners visit Aloha Grown at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea. From left, front row, Katie Arrayan, Ikaika Arrayan, Kaui Takamine, Kaweloanu Castro, Kekapalehua Castro, Kaiea Akau LaClair, and Kalua Castro. From left, back row, Camille Kalahiki, Leilani Griego, Uilani Macabio, Kanalu Lacy, La`akea Takamine, Ko`iawe Griego, Jane Lee, Maluhia O`Donnell and Tracey Akau. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Award winners visit Aloha Grown at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea. From left, front row, Katie Arrayan, Ikaika Arrayan, Kaui Takamine, Kaweloanu Castro, Kekapalehua Castro, Kaiea Akau LaClair, and Kalua Castro. From left, back row, Camille Kalahiki, Leilani Griego, Uilani Macabio, Kanalu Lacy, La`akea Takamine, Ko`iawe Griego, Jane Lee, Maluhia O`Donnell and Tracey Akau. (COURTESY PHOTO)

A total of five Hawaii Island organizations were awarded with this year’s Aloha Grown Malama Honua Award. Each received a $500 award towards a specific project, program or initiative that embodies Aloha Grown’s philosophy to “Support Local, Sustain the Aina and Share the Aloha.”

Malama Honua Award recipients and their projects or programs that promote sustainability: 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 the Punana Leo o Waimea, “Malaai expansion” project.

“It was inspiring to see how many organizations are committed to sustainability efforts in our Big Island communities,” said Tracey Akau, Parker Ranch Store manager.

Aloha Grown is committed to supporting sustainability efforts in Hawaii. Two 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.

To view the essays submitted by all 2014 Malama Honua Award recipients, visit www.alohagrown.com/malama-honua-fund.html. For more information on Aloha Grown, visit www.alohagrown.com.