Interact Club plants garden for Hui Malama Center


Interact Club members Koa Rodrigues and Tehani Kama haul hibiscus bushes at the Hui Malama Learning Center on Feb. 25, 2012, on a day of club community service.

By Kiana Kamalu, op-ed editor

Members of the Kamehameha Schools Maui Interact Club came together with the Valley Isle Sunset Rotary Club and the Community Work Day volunteer program to help plant a garden at the Hui Malama Learning Center on Feb. 25, 2012.

The staff at the Hui Malama Learning Center said they were interested in building a garden for the students, and the Rotary Club stepped in to help. Sponsorship from Big Brothers got them the supplies they needed, including the three truckloads of mulch for the garden, according to the club’s president Sylvia Ho.

The project required that many jobs get done, and each KSM Interact Club member took part in each one. The members participated in cutting and laying out cardboard, covering it with mulch, building fences, planting new hibiscus bushes and various other jobs.

“The jobs weren’t too hard, and everyone was fun to work with,” said senior Koa Rodrigues, Interact Club president. “My favorite part was pulling the hibiscus bushes out of the ground.”

Ms. Ho was happy to have the Interact Club on the project.

“We feel that to help the younger generation is very important,” she said. “Everything worked out, and we had such a nice turnout. It was a great community service project day.”

Kristin Miyahira-Dumaran, a junior at KSM, was one who particularly enjoyed volunteering.

“I liked the fact that everything we were doing was going to help the people at Hui Malama be more sustainable,” Miyahira-Dumaran said.

It was a long day of productivity, and the volunteers finished the day with cool refreshments and fresh fruit.