A Kauai elementary school became first DOE school to serve taro
This is part of Aina Pono, the Hawaii State Farm to School Program.
Eleele Elementary School on Kauai became the first Hawaii Department of Education school to serve kalo or taro in its food service menu.
This is part of Aina Pono, the Hawaii State Farm to School Program. Eleele Elementary principal Paul Zina invited Lt. Governor Doug Chin, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Kauai Mayor-elect Derek Kawakami to help serve kalo to the students. On the menu is the Poi Breakfast Parfait, made with poi, plain yogurt, pineapple chunks and granola.
"It's very gratifying to see how much the 'Aina Pono Hawai'i State Farm to School Program has revolutionized school meals," Lt. Governor Doug Chin said.
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor's goal is to see the program grow since the program launched in 2015.
Lt. Governor Chin, the Hawai'i State Department of Education and the Hawai'i Department of Agriculture have been working together with private stakeholders on the initiative to transform the DOE's School Food Services Branch.