Mala`ai: The Culinary Garden Of Waimea Middle School & Hawaii Island School Garden Network

Kamuela, Hawaii, USA


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Mala`ai cultivates connections between people, land, culture and food in school gardens. We operates the one-acre Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School and lead the Hawaii Island School Garden Network (HISGN).

The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School cultivates the relationship between students and the land through growing and sharing nourishing food in our outdoor living classroom. Our work reaches beyond the boundaries of our garden connecting land stewardship, culture, health and pleasure with lifelong learning.

The mission of HISGN is to cultivate the relationships among our children, teachers, and land by nourishing a vibrant network that supports the growth and integration of school learning gardens. We achieve this through professional development, advocacy, mentorship and technical assistance.

What We Do

We are a one acre organic outdoor living classroom, and a vibrant network of educators. Mala`ai is a model garden in the State, and an important part of our work is growing a community around healthy delicious local food, learning in and from nature, and taking care of ourselves and the land.


Alethea L.

Volunteer Manager

Zoe K
Zoe K.

Executive Director