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Hawaii keiki learn to care for plants, animals and each other at ‘The Farm’ in Makaha

  • Video by Bruce Asato / basato@staradvertiser.com

    Hoa 'Aina o Makaha is known for cultivating the land as well as children, building relationships and a healthier community. All 538 students at Makaha Elementary School spend time in their outdoor classroom at "The Farm," tending to its animals, building "bee hotels," and raising thousands of pounds of vegetables.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kalenaku Samson Hauki, 6, left, Natalia Malaki, 9, and Danyti Banglos, 8, hold chicks recently hatched at Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Gigi Cocquio helps Makaha Elementary students plant taro huli at Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha, the learning center and farm adjacent to the school known for “growing plants as well as people.”

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Ku‘uleilani Samson, program coordinator at Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha, tends plants with students.

The sounds of Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha are the voices of students, tucking seeds into the soil with a gentle “good night” or giggling as they chase wayward chicks. Read more

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