No Panic! MA‘O Gala Com­ing Up July 10

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - News -

Lee­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege and MA‘O Or­ganic Farms mark their suc­cess­ful and con­tin­u­ing part­ner­ship with a sixth an­nual “MA‘O Ma Town” gala July 10 at Bishop Mu­seum.

The event, set for 6 to 9 p. m., will sup­port the unique Wa­ianae farm’s youth train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram and the re­cent ex­pan­sion of its crop lands. Ed Ken­ney and his Town/Down­town restau­rants will serve up healthy, home-grown fare with help from Kona Brew­ing and en­ter­tain­ment by Kupa‘aina. Silent and live auc­tions are planned.

Tax-de­ductible tick­ets cost $150 per per­son and can be re­served by call­ing 696-5569 or e-mail­ing wei@maoor­gan­ic­ Spon­sored ta­bles of eight are avail­able for up to $10,000.

Founded by Gary and Kukui Mau­nakea-Forth, MA‘O has grown to be Oahu’s largest pro­ducer of or­ganic fruits and veg­eta­bles, and its fa­mil­iar “ Don’t Panic, Go Or­ganic” T-shirts are fa­mil­iar at farm­ers’ mar­kets all over the is­land. It re­ceives a yearly state ap­pro­pri­a­tion to sup­port Lee­ward youths through farm in­tern­ships and re­lated class­room cour­ses at LCC. Stu­dents can earn an as­so­ci­ate of arts de­gree with cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in com­mu­nity food sys­tems at LCC, and may then trans­fer to a four-year de­gree pro­gram of their choice.

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