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Visiting Waimea PCCS and Mala’ai Garden

May 20, 2010

Waimea Middle PCCS and Mala'ai Garden

Waimea Middle School

I had an opportunity today to visit the Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School to observe a group of 8th graders present their e-Portfolio projects.

The students we met today are wrapping up their last year of school at WMS and will be moving on to new campuses next year.  Congratulations to all of them for their accomplishments!

Mala’ai Garden

Modeled after the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School is a non-profit 3/4 acre organic food garden made possible by the work of many volunteer community members.

This was my third visit to the garden and I am really impressed with what those responsible for its development have accomplished. The students clearly enjoy the time they are able to spend there. What a great way to get the next generation excited about protecting our Big Island resources and supporting the local farm and ranch community!

Connect with Mala’ai

Learn more about the Garden here or keep up with news from the Garden on Facebook.


Four more photos from the afternoon:

In the Garden

Not phased by visitors in their space!

Heading to the outdoor classroom for lunch

Aloha 'Aina flags from a recent Garden event fly against a cloudy Waimea sky

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2010 4:22 pm

    Cynthia, in your visits to the school have you discovered what they’re doing with the recycled phone books? I see collection boxes all over Waimea and wonder what they’ll do with them. Composting?

  2. May 20, 2010 4:26 pm

    Hi Kris, I’m not sure, but will ask!

  3. May 21, 2010 11:42 am

    LOVE the photo of Mud Lane – you actually take some lovely photos, Ms. Cynthia!

    • May 21, 2010 11:50 am

      Thanks Bela! Taking photos here is just like gardening in Hilo….the Big Island makes it easy!

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