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Lt. Governor Sells Newspapers for a Good CausePosted on May 11, 2017Keiki Day
HONOLULU — Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui joined celebrities, athletes, coaches and business leaders to sell special editions of the Star-Advertiser for just $1 a piece on Keiki Day.  The annual one-day event benefited Parents and Children Together, one of Hawaii’s leading non-profit organizations providing a wide array of innovative and educational social services.  
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Highlands Intermediate’s Science and STEM Program SoarsPosted on May 10, 2017Highlands Intermediate Science and STEM club
PEARL CITY —  Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui visited Highlands Intermediate School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program and presented the club with funds from his after-school initiative, R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health), which provides an organizational framework for public middle and intermediate schools to offer expanded learning opportunities during after-school hours.  The money will […]
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Lt. Governor Recognizes Farm to School Pilot Project ChampionPosted on April 25, 2017Farm to School Certificate for Priscilla Galan
HONOLULU —   Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui recognized the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Kohala Complex Cafeteria Manager Priscilla Galan with a Certificate of Commendation.  Priscilla  and her staff have been working with Chef Greg Christian, president and founder of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners, to bring delicious local, fresh scratch-cooked food to students as one […]
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UH Rainbow Wahine Soccer Team Hosts Clinic for Soccer for Success StudentsPosted on April 29, 2017Soccer-for-Success-Kids-Playing-Soccer-at-UH
HONOLULU – Students participating in the Soccer for Success pilot initiative and R.E.A.C.H. Initiative had a chance to refine their passing, dribbling and receiving skills today with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Soccer Team during a clinic held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa soccer field.  The Rainbow Wahine mentored the students with […]
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Statement Regarding Rep. Fukumoto’s Departure from the GOPPosted on March 22, 2017
HONOLULU – Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui has this statement to offer in response to Rep. Beth Fukumoto’s announcement that she is leaving the Republican Party: “As a fellow member of the Democratic Party, I welcome Representative Beth Fukumoto with open arms, as I would any other individual committed to sharing the same values and philosophies […]
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Farm to School Initiative Pilot Project Develops Recipes with More Fresh FoodPosted on December 16, 2016Chef-Greg-with-Cafeteria-Staff
HONOLULU — The Lieutenant Governor’s pilot project for the Farm to School Initiative is well underway in the Hawaii State Department of Education’s (HIDOE) Kohala Complex on the island of Hawaii. Chef Greg Christian, president and founder of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners has been selected to work with Cafeteria Manager Priscilla Galan and her […]
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"Today I witnessed about 50 high school students stampede into the cafeteria at Kohala School. They got in trouble for running, but it was incredible to see how excited these kids were for lunch." As the first institutional farm to school pilot in a Hawaiʻi public school, the food service program is converting to scratch cooking, local sourcing and culturally relevant menu. On this plate: beef laulau, poi, lomi tomato, ʻuala, and an orange. We hope this pilot project leads to statewide changes so that all kids in every school can have lunches like this every day. Our keiki deserve it! This Farm-to-School initiative at the Kohala School Complex is a collaborative project of the office of Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, Hawaiʻi Department of Education, Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture and The Kohala Center. Learn more at ltgov.hawaii.gov/farm-to-school-initiative/ and kohalacenter.org/hisgn/farm-to-school

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Farm to School: What’s New

More Hawaii Sourced Products Incorporated into Kohala’s School LunchesPosted on May 17, 2017papayas
The Kohala Complex’s cafeteria team and Chef Greg have been focusing on procuring local produce since the Hawaii Farm to School Initiative began in 2016. As a result, more school meals are being served with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as sloppy joes, kalua pig and cabbage, chicken stir-fry, taco salad, baked ziti with meat. […]
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Farm to School Recipe: Chicken and Veggies Stir-FryPosted on May 3, 2017chicken-stir-fry
Chicken and Veggies Stir-Fry is among the many favorite dishes students love to eat at the Kohala Complex. It’s served with hapa rice and a garden salad, which is prepared with locally-sourced lettuce and tomatoes.  The meal also includes a banana, which is sourced from HIP Agriculture in Kapaau.  Here’s the recipe for the chicken […]
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The Woman Behind the Meal Transformation at Kohala Talks Candidly About Farm to SchoolPosted on April 26, 2017Priscilla Galan
Change is a progress. When it comes to Farm to School Initiatives that succeed, credit has to be given to the cafeteria staff who work hard in the kitchen to prepare wholesome, fresh food day in and day out. Most of them have been working in school kitchens for many years and have seen their […]
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