Lahainaluna Agriculture & FFA students participate in 2018 Maui Ag Festival
LAHAINA – On April 7, Lahainaluna High School Agriculture and FFA (Future Farmers of America) students participated in the 2018 Maui Agricultural Festival at Maui Tropical Plantation.
They sold plants that they grew in their own plant nursery to raise funds to reduce their travel costs, to provide scholarships for graduating seniors, to purchase needed supplies and equipment and to pay for special activities like camps or field trips.
For the fifth year, they were provided with a booth space under the Grown on Maui Farmer’s Market tent to sell their plants and to share with people what they do.
They also got to taste and purchase many Made on Maui agricultural products, and they learned more about the importance of supporting and having a strong Maui agriculture industry.
As they visited the various tents and displays at the Ag Fest, they enjoyed their experience meeting and interacting with local farmers, small business owners, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and people in our community.
For the second year, they were presented with a Mentorship Award and a $2,500 grant from the Maui County Farm Bureau.
Keith Ideoka, Lahainaluna’s agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, said, “We would like to thank the Maui County Farm Bureau, especially Warren Watanabe (president), Mae Nakahata and Charlene Kauhane, and its members for giving us the great opportunity to be the only high school agriculture program to participate in the Ag Fest every year.
“Since we partnered with the Maui County Farm Bureau many years ago, they been a strong and consistent supporter of our school’s agriculture program. Whenever we can, we help them with their community events. We try our best to get our students interested in agriculture-related careers, and we want to help ‘grow’ the next generation of young future farmers in our community.”