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Cinco De Mayo event to support LHS ag programs

By Staff | Apr 30, 2015

Chef Paris Nabavi has held a Cinco De Mayo fundraiser for Lahainaluna High School Agriculture and the Future Farmers of America Program for the past two years.

LAHAINA – A Cinco De Mayo fundraising event for Lahainaluna High School Agriculture and the FFA (Future Farmers of America) Program will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at Sangrita Mexican Grill & Cantina at the Fairway Shops in Kaanapali.

The benefit will run all day and night with live music from 7 to 9 p.m. The Taco Tuesday Special and other special menu items will be offered at this festive event.

Chef Paris Nabavi has held this fundraising event for the past two years. He is also a strong and generous supporter of school gardening, healthy cooking and nutrition education, and sustainable growing practices.

Nabavi also holds fundraising events for other Maui nonprofit organizations, including Grow Some Good and the Maui School Garden Network.

A percentage of the total food and drinks sold on May 5 will be donated to support LHS’ agriculture activities.

Keith Ideoka, the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Lahainaluna High School, said the funds will be used to purchase new farming equipment, gardening tools and supplies, and to cover travel costs for students competing in state FFA competitions.

Angel “Max” Becerra is the FFA Chapter and Hawaii State FFA president.

“We are very grateful for Chef Paris’ support throughout the past three years. When he ran the former Cilantro restaurant in Lahaina, he helped our agriculture program by purchasing our fresh cilantro grown and harvested by our students at our school farm,” Ideoka noted.

This partnership evolved into two fundraisers for LHS: Cinco De Mayo and National Taco Day.

“By supporting school gardens and agriculture education at all levels, Chef Paris is helping us grow the next generation of farmers and future supporters of our state’s agriculture industry,” Ideoka concluded.