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4-H for Hawai‘i

4-H for Hawai‘i 8 June 2017

4-H for Hawai‘i

It's not just livestock

Beyond livestock, 4-H promotes youth well-being, leadership skills, community engagement, and STEM activities, says state coordinator Jeff Goodwin.

The Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees 7 June 2017

The Bee’s Knees

Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences’s Scott Nikaido explains the importance of pollinators to Hawai‘i crops and how people can support pollinator health by using fewer insecticides and more pollinator-friendly plants.

Prepared Youth

Prepared Youth 17 May 2017

Prepared Youth

Hawai‘i is the second state that trained adults to instruct kids in a youth preparedness national pilot project. 3 4-H agents were certified through the Hawai‘i Youth Preparedness Initiative.

A Web Winner

A Web Winner 11 May 2017

A Web Winner

Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents nominated Andrea Kawabata for their national organization’s Communications Award for her coffee berry borer beetle website.

GoFarm Grows

4 May 2017

GoFarm Grows

The GoFarm Hawai‘i beginning farmer training program received new grants from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools.

Prevent the Parasite

4 May 2017

Prevent the Parasite

With new cases of rat lungworm reported in the Islands, Extension Agent Jari Sugano was featured on Hawaii News Now offering some tips on reducing the risk of the disease.

Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling 4 May 2017

Gut Feeling

GoFarm and Ag Incubator alumnus and entrepreneur Rob Barreca and graduate student Surely Wallace promoted fermented foods in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.

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17 June 2020

Food for Grandfamilies

Maui Extension pairs elders and food trucks for meals and education

Food for Grandfamilies

Grandfamilies, or grandparents who are primary caregivers for their grandchildren, are especially vulnerable during COVID-19. They’re a high-risk group, often living on fixed incomes.

At the same time, food truck owners, like all restaurateurs, have been hit hard by the shutdown. But on Maui, CTAHR’s Intergenerational Extension has found a way to bring the two groups together to help each other.

Extension has teamed up with UH Maui College, UH Foundation, Maui County Office on Aging, Maui Food Technology Center, and Kamehameha Schools to bring food and education to grandfamilies and kūpuna in Maui County during the pandemic. Owners of food trucks are coordinating with the Maui Food Technology Center to provide meals daily, from June to August, to families who are participating in the Intergenerational Extension programs GRANDcares, ‘Ohana Garden & Grindz, and Powerful Tools for Caregivers, as well as kūpuna who are registered with the Maui County Office on Aging.

The project served 186 meals to 62 individuals in 13 households in the first week alone. By the third week, it jumped to 350 meals.

The grandfamilies and other food-truck customers also receive educational materials developed by Extension faculty, including the Extension COVID-19 Communications Team. Topics include nutrition, food safety, cooking with keiki, dealing with kitchen waste, CSAs, self-care, stress management, and much more. They’re also at CTAHR’s Emergency Response Website .

Maui County Office on Aging will match private support dollar for dollar, and hopes to expand the program. Kamehameha Schools’ Maui Regional Office was the first funder to generously donate to this initiative, followed quickly by Hawaii Community Foundation. UH Maui College continues to work with other potential funders.

The food trucks with Maui Food Technology Center have quickly adapted to the pandemic by providing contactless delivery of prepared meals: only online and phone orders, delivery to a car’s roof or hood, designated staff to handle money, and regular handwashing.

Learn more: contact Heather Greenwood-Junkermeier at heather8@hawaii.edu.