Students in Waiʻanae and Nānākuli intermediate schools got to "veg out" this school year thanks to a project called ʻAi i ka Lāʻau that provided them with lots of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables and taught them how to prepare them at home.
The project brought weekly cooking classes to campus through a partnership between Hiʻilei Aloha LLC, OHA's nonprofit subsidiary, And After-School All-Stars, a free after school program for intermediate and middle-school students.
Founded in 1992 by former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, ASAS provided fitness, enrichment, tutoring and extracurricular activities to students in 12 states, including on several campuses on Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island.
Funding for the project came through U.S. Department of Agriculture and Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association grants.
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