"The garden that KIC is working on is progressing and improving day by day. A couple weeks ago, a few KIC members and I went and softened up the soil. It wasn't easy: we had to go barefooted in the mud! As unexpected as it may seem, it was actually really fun and I was glad to be a part of something that the whole school can enjoy in the future. We also started to plant the taro. This was very exciting, because I never got to do something like this before. Taro was always something fun to me- poi can be made out of it! So I picked out some kalo (taro)and waited in line to plant it. First, we dig a hole for the kalo. Next, we plant it. I made sure that my taro plant was nice and safe in its new "home". Finally, I covered the root of the kalo with dirt.
Like I said before, this was a new, exciting experience and it's definitely something to be proud of! I can't wait to come back in the future to see how Keone'ula's new garden is growing, and I hope for the best with it!"
*Featuring, Alyssa Sarmiento (KIC, Ms. Firestone's class)
"The Saturday meeting to work on the garden was great! It got me to be hard-working, MUDDY, but I still had a load of fun! The most exciting part was when I first got to go into the mud. It felt so weird! Like squishy, wet, and cold-ish, warm-ish. The least favorite part was when I got a bunch of scratches from the coral under the mud :( But luckily, they were only small scratches and I know that everything I do is going towards a good cause for our K.I.C peace garden. The garden will contribute a lot to our Hawaiian Studies subject, since it is a place where Kupuna can teach us and actually show us some of the actual plants she will be talking about like a Kalo patch. I hope that the garden will finish soon so that 2011-2012's K.I.C members will get to experience Kupuna teachings in the garden. Overall, I am glad my name will be in included in the making! :) "
*Featuring, Precious Antonio (6th grade, Ms. Firestone's class)
"Working on the garden was really fun! Helping out made me feel like I'm helping to make Keone'ula more beautiful, knowing that we are making a difference. Even though I am not in K.I.C, I would still help with anything! Everyone should have an experience like this. At the end of the day I was happy and I was proud of myself!"
*Featuring, Hoku Hutchison (KIC, Ms. Firestone's class)
"Reflecting on my experience at the garden, I would say it was very dirty, mushy and a messy job. For the past 2 Saturdays, I thought I would never enjoy working in such dirt since I had no idea what to do. I have always thought that planting would be to dig up the dirt, put seeds in the dirt and watch it grow. BUT no, because it takes a process of pulling out weeds from their roots, breaking down the soil, putting in mulch and more. If I were to rate how tired I was at the end of each Saturday, I would have to say a 8 or 9. It was hard work, however even though there is still much to do, when there are a lot of people it makes it easier. And, through out all of the hardwork, I would definitely want to do it again."
Featuring Sakeena Gaston (KIC, Ms. Coffin's class)
Honestly, working at the Peace Garden has been an amazing experience for me. Not just because our school has actually got a garden but also because I actually got to learn a little bit about gardening. Gardening is something that I normally wouldn’t do but it was a good experience. As we moved along and took time out of our day to come out and work on this beautiful garden has been spectacular!!! Having the opportunity to work hard along with my other K.I.C. friends has been fun. It was hard but I got through it with help from my friends and staff members. There was times when I wanted to give up but my friends kept me energized and working. I cant help but say, “ALL THAT HARD WORK REALLY PAYS OFF!”.
You see? The K.I.C. members really had fun and are already learning so much! K.I.C. can't wait until the International Peace Garden is complete and a success! Stay tuned!