- State Fellow: Seri Niimi-Burch
- State Partner Supervisor: Mahina Patterson
For information on how to volunteer with FoodCorps in Hawai’i, please contact Seri.
Why Serve in Hawai’i?
Hawai’i is a gardener’s delight. 365 days a year, one can be outside, working with the sun, soil, water and air to grow delicious and healthy food. Currently Hawai’i imports 90% of its food but that reality doesn’t have to continue. FoodCorps serves at schools across the state, helping to expand school gardens and begin to source locally produced and in season fresh fruits and vegetables for the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program through a pilot program with the Hawai’i Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition.
All of FoodCorps Hawai’i’s principals and their staff are committed to building garden based nutritional education programs, and expanding the connections between hands-on learning and the core curriculum. We know that children who are healthy are ready to learn. Imua (Forward we go)!
The Kohala Center is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. By focusing on the needs of island residents and the research interests of their university and agency partners, four core areas of work have emerged: food, water, place, and people. Through these partnerships and by recognizing that they work in a model environment, they help communities on the island, in the Pacific, and around the world thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. Their mission: to respectfully engage the Island of Hawaiʻi as a living model for humanity. Their vision: a state of pono, in which individuals realize their potential, contributing their very best to one another, to the community, and to the ʻāina (the land) itself, in exchange for a meaningful and happy life.