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State schedules workshops on farming with aquaponics

The state Department of Agriculture will help aspiring aquaponic farmers at free workshops across the state.

Topics include marketable products, making pitches, profitability, food safety, packaging and branding. There will be question-and-answer sessions.

The Oahu workshop will run 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 in the conference room at the department’s Plant Quarantine Branch at 1849 Auiki St.

For details on all workshops, contact Liz Xu at 483-7104 or email her at

Other sessions:

» Kauai: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Lihue Neighborhood Center, 3353 Eono St.

» Hawaii island: 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20, Department of Agriculture conference room, 16 E. Lani­kaula St., Hilo.

» Molokai: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Kulana ‘Oiwi Multi Service Center, 600 Mau­na­loa Highway, Kalama­ula Building D, Kau­na­ka­kai.

Taste of Waipahu to include food vendors, trip giveaway

The ninth annual Taste of Wai­pahu returns 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday with area food, product and service vendors.

Visitors can bring nonperishable food items for Wai­pahu-area food pantries. Individuals making donations will be eligible for multiple entries in a trip giveaway.

The event will be held on Wai­pahu Depot Street and in the parking lot of the Wai­pahu Festival Marketplace.

Call 677-6939.

Restaurants raise $31,000 for children’s garden kits

The March campaign Localicious Hawaii, involving 58 restaurants raising funds for agricultural education, earned $31,000 that will benefit 63 fourth-grade public school classrooms statewide.

Funds are dedicated to purchasing Veggie U kits, a 25-lesson curriculum that combines science, health, language arts and math with a hands-on classroom garden kit emphasizing the process from seed to harvest.

Participating restaurants created a Localicious dish made with locally grown, caught or raised ingredients, then donated $1 for each dish served.

Restaurants that raised $500 will adopt a fourth-grade class participating in Veggie U.

Humane Society benefit punches up cocktail party

If you love animals, treat yourself to an evening of cocktails at Punch for Pooches, a benefit for the Hawaiian Humane Society, 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Manifest Hawaii.

The event features punches by bartenders from such popular restaurants as The Pig & the Lady, Top of Waikiki, Livestock Tavern and Tiki’s Grill & Bar.

Cost is $25 for three punches and pupu; Manifest is at 32 N. Hotel St.

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