PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Works at Sustainability-Focused Farm and Café in Waimanalo
This morning in Waimanalo, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) experienced every step of the farm-to-table efforts that have made the local café ʻAi Love Nalo so successful—in more ways than just its bottom line. Owners Malia Smith and Kevin Vaccarello have a passion for making healthy, delicious, sustainable food accessible to everyone. It all starts with locally grown organic fruits and vegetables like the ones you’ll find on their 5-acre parcel just down the road at Palaka Moon Farm, where they planted Russian Kale with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard today as the sun was rising and the rain was coming down. The property also boasts a variety of learning stations to share the benefits and how-tos of aquaponics, biochar, worm bins, home composting, black soldier fly larvae, bee hives, and more.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard then joined Malia, Kevin, and their ʻAi Love Nalo team to help open up the vegan café for morning business, where members of the community were already gathering to practice yoga and enjoy the healing space that has become a hub for holistic wellness. Students from Malama Honua Public Charter School greeted the congresswoman with a welcoming pule before starting their field trip to site. They had fun learning about sustainability, being healthy, and taking care of the natural resources of the ahupuaʻa with lessons from Tony Silva and his sidekick “Waltah the Worm.”
The congresswoman worked in the kitchen, behind the counter, and served up delicious, healthy treats to the keiki. She thanked the ʻAi Love Nalo partners and team for their vision, hard work, and service to the community, and is working to help others in Hawaiʻi and throughout the country learn from this successful business model that promotes wellness, sustainability, and economic benefits for farmers, businesses, consumers, and the entire community.
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