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All invited to free Mala’ai School Garden ‘Super Kitchen’ dinner

Mala’ai school garden will roll out a delicious new idea for the North Hawaii school-community this Wednesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — a dinner gathering for all at Kahilu Town Hall, across from Kahilu Theatre, behind Waimea Middle School.

Mala`ai has been thinking about ways for students to become more involved with the larger community.

“We often hold workshops and events, but largely without the students on the weekends,” said Mala’ai’s non-profit board chair Vivienne Aronowitz. “Suddenly, it struck us! We wanted to start a “Super Kitchen” — not a soup kitchen, but a super kitchen, where everyone could come together and share a community meal, just as we do all the time with students in our garden.”

Mala’ai’s staff met with Laurie Ainslie of Kokua Christian Ministries, which runs one of Waimea’s two food pantries and prepares and serves warm meals each week for families and seniors. With her help, they partnered with Mana Christian ‘Ohana to rent Kahilu Town Hall, which has a certified kitchen located right next to the school garden.

Private chef and board member Maria Peterson will be the first lead chef, and she has come up with a wonderful chili recipe, along with a salad and fruit for dessert. Mala`ai herbal tea will be available as the beverage.

Everyone is invited — there is no charge for the meal, but donations will be welcome if so inspired. WMS summer school students have “taste-tested” the chili and given it a “thumbs up!” Now they will help prepare the dinner and have been invited to help serve it and share recipes with guests.

“The evening will be fun, the food healthy and delicious, and most importantly, our students will have an opportunity to contribute to their community,” Aronowitz said.

Wednesday, June 18, will be a “pilot” night for Super Kitchen and the hope is to continue it monthly. Donations of locally grown produce, meats and other foods are welcome and some of the items served will have been grown in the Mala’ai school garden by students.

Call Alethea Lai, 808-989-7861 if you have any questions or food to donate.