Three Coalitions Working For A Healthier Maui.
FORMERLY KNOWN AS NPAC.
Maui County Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Coalition
The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition for Maui, Molokai, and Lanaʻi is working to create a healthier place to live, work, and play by bringing together those interested in seeing our community thrive.
Creating change takes many hands. Please join our dedicated group of individuals and organizations as we work to reduce obesity and eliminate health disparities through health awareness, education, and policy change by promoting Healthy Eating + Active Living.
Maui School Garden Network (MSGN)
The mission of the Maui School Garden Network (MSGN) is to reconnect our keiki to the ‘aina by showing them how to grow their own food in interdisciplinary and regenerative school gardens, thus creating greater avenues for secure and independent food systems. In addition, MSGN promotes a direct connection between local food producers and our school food service providers for all K-12 schools, independent and public including charter schools.
As such MSGN:
(1) Provides regional garden tours for teachers, principals, school garden coordinators, and community supporters;
(2) Promotes professional development opportunities for teachers and school garden coordinators;
(3) Promotes farm to school connections by providing a field trip manual to assist schools in setting up field trip opportunities to better understand farming and ranching careers and operations;
(3) Partners with the Maui County DOH, CTAHR, and MISC to offer prevention outreach on Rat Lungworm Disease (RLWD) as well as invasive species such as zika virus, dengue fever, and small fire ants;
(4) Works with its partner organization, Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) ‘Ai Pono program on improving nutritional habits among Maui’s youth; and
(5) Works with its partner organization, Grow Some Good, on curriculum development and integration of garden learning into school STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math programs.
MSGN is under the fiscal sponsorship of the Tri-Isle Resource, Development, and Conservation Council, Inc.
Sustainable Molokai hosts the Molokai School Garden Network (MoSGN), which offers service to all Molokai schools (PreK-12) in support of school gardens, agriculture and nutrition education, and healthy school food. From 2013-2017, MoSGN hosted three FoodCorps service members who reached over 200 students with weekly garden and nutrition lessons and healthy snacks.
Sustainable Molokai is a vendor for the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP) for several Molokai schools, sourcing fifty percent Molokai-grown produce for this federally funded snack program. In 2017, the Kalo Connections program was launched, giving families the opportunity to pound kalo and inspiring them to eat more poi.