Holy Family Catholic Academy Creates Native Hawaiian School Garden

Families in School Community Donate Ti Leaves and Plumeria Trees
 
It was just over a year ago that Holy Family Catholic Academy (HFCA) threw a big Garden Party to build, prepare and plant their brand new HFCA School Garden. Last school year HFCA students planted, nurtured and harvested a wide variety of edibles--many herbs and lots of yummy, healthy vegetables.
This school year, due to social distancing measures, HFCA transformed their School Garden into a Native Hawaiian Garden. 
 
On November 19th, students cleared out the eight (8) garden beds, prepped and enriched the soil, and planted ti leaf stalks, kupukupu fern and plumeria trees.  The garden will be beautiful to look at and low maintenance to care for.  Student volunteers came to work in the garden in groups of six or less, on a staggered schedule, to ensure that they remained safely distanced.
 
HFCA invited all students, faculty & staff to donate ti leaves for their Native Hawaiian Garden.  On planting day, students in grades 3 - 8 planted all types of ti leaves--red, green, variegated, and all size leaves from small to large.  A total of almost 100 ti leaf stalks were planted.   Students planted three plumeria trees that were donated by the school community, as well as over 50 kupukupu fern plants that were generously provided for by HFCA's PTG.  The kupukupu fern provided instant beauty to the Native Hawaiian School Garden.  Moreover it is very low maintenance, great for lei-making and will prevent weeds from coming up once they fill in the garden beds.   Once all the garden beds were planted and lovingly watered, the students scrubbed the garden tools clean so they'd be ready for the next time.  HFCA thanks their school community for their generous support of their Native Hawaiian School Garden and looks forward to watching their garden grow!
 
Holy Family Catholic Academy and Early Learning Center is a co-ed, parochial, private school for students in preschool through 8th grade, located near the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.  This school year, Holy Family Catholic Academy (K-8) is offering two learning options:  an In-Person, On-Campus Program and a Virtual Learning Program.  Holy Family Catholic Academy offers both Before and After-School Care Programs starting at 6:00am and ending at 5:30pm each school day.  Holy Family Catholic Academy and Early Learning Center accepts applications and enrolls new students year-round, based on space availability.  K-8 tuition ranges from $8,045 - $8,945 per year.  Early Learning Center tuition ranges from $9,270 - $9,990 per year.  For information regarding Holy Family Early Learning Center, contact ELC Director Mr. Allen Akiona, Jr. at (808) 421-1265 or via email at aakiona@hfchawaii.org.  For more information on Holy Family Catholic Academy (K-8), visit their website at www.hfcahawaii.org or contact their main office at (808) 423-9611.