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Ho‘opono Farms announces benefit party at Merriman’s

By Staff | Aug 12, 2010

KAPALUA — Ho‘opono Farms LLC is an all-natural farm dedicated to helping the children of Maui learn about Hawaiian agriculture, the importance of preserving native species, the danger of invasive species, nutrition, sustainability and being “localvores.”

On Sunday, Aug. 15, Ho‘opono Farms will hold its first fund-raiser from 3 to 5 p.m. on Merriman’s Deck in Kapalua. This benefit will kickoff the “living classroom” and “Ho‘opono ‘Ohana” programs.

The suggested $40 donation will include food and entertainment from local chefs and music by Peter DeAquino and the Boys. There will also be incredible giveaways and a silent auction. Kids will be admitted free and keiki activities will be available.

Farm owner Dave Horsman said, “The children are our future. and we need to educate them on farming and caring for the ‘aina.”

Manu Akana, farm owner and cultural advisor, said, “It is our responsibility as stewards of the land to pass on the knowledge of our ancestors to keep it alive.”

For tickets and more information, call Horsman at (808) 250-7669, visit www.facebook.com/ho‘oponofarms or e-mail hooponofarms@yahoo.com.

Ho‘opono Farms’ goal is to raise the bar of education on Maui, help people grow and eat more nutritious foods, give children a hands-on experience in farming and Hawaiian techniques of agriculture, and feed those in need.