The Piko Project became a reality on On Saturday, October 26th! HHF staff volunteers were joined by volunteers from our Piko Project partners, Kualoa Ranch, Kōkua Foundation Hawai‘i, and teachers and staff from Ka‘a‘awa Elementary School (KES) to build the physical infrastructure of Phase I of the Piko Project Master Plan, the māla (garden)! The māla is now ready for KES keiki to plant! KES teachers and Kōkua Foundation Hawai‘i’s ‘ĀINA in Schools program coordinators will tailor ‘aina-based curriculum for each grade-level, and they already have their own designated space within the māla!
A BIG MAHALO to all the project partners and volunteers (especially to Taylor Kellerman of Kualoa Ranch), to Grace Pacific for their generous donation of gravel, to AIA National’s Design Justice Grant Program (and Colloqate Design) for the grant funds that made this all possible, and to KES Principal, Jennifer Luke-Payne for dreaming BIG for her students.
Here’s a photo blog…from preparation-to-work day! Click on the image to enlarge and scroll manually.