Kauai program provides students with Hawaiian food, culture

Kauai program provides students with Hawaiian food, culture

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai organization is working to give parents an opportunity to ensure their children are getting fed at school while also being educated on Hawaiian culture, as many have had to choose between the two.

The Garden Island reports Hawaii public schools are able to provide free lunches for low-income students as part of a federally-funded program. Malama Kauai is working to ensure that economically disadvantaged charter school students are able to get a meal during the school day.

The organization has been helping charter schools that focus on Hawaiian culture build gardens so that students can grow their own food, including native Hawaiian vegetables like uala, ipu and taro.

Executive Director Keone Kealoha says the program keeps students and parents from having to choose "between eating and culture."

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