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Activities for the Keiki

“My longterm hope for EAT PONO’s legacy is that it provides engaging, educational opportunities for our keiki to learn how to live and farm sustainably; and to be empowered to make healthy choices not only for themselves, but also for our planet."
~ Candes Gentry, Author, EAT PONO



‘Āina Guardians are keiki that are curious in the kitchen, resourceful in their sustainable gardens, students of their kūpuna, guardians of the ‘āina and helpful in their community.

As an EAT PONO ‘Āina Guardian, together with Poet Gentry, I pledge to:

  • use a reusable water bottle

  • recycle plastics that I use

  • throw my garbage in the trash and never litter

  • plant a garden  

  • practice kindness in my community

  • learn about culture and traditions from my kūpuna

  • be curious and try new foods

  • say “no thanks” to sugary drinks

  • And get outside and play (exercise) everyday

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Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Although it may seem “icky” it is actually really cool to be able to recycle food scraps into nutritious dirt so that we can rejuvenate our soils and feed our fruits and vegetables so that they can in turn feed us. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with this activity. Getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin levels which make you happy and strengthen your immune system. We invite you to get outdoors and play in the dirt!

Materials Needed: 

Safety Tip: (Please ask an adult for help and supervision when using sharp objects)

  1. (1) empty large plastic bottle 

  2. Scissors

  3. Nail for making small drainage holes

  4. Shredded newspaper

  5. Dirt (not potting soil, good ‘ole dirt from the outside)

  6. Compost materials (grass clippings, vegetable scraps, dry leaves)

  7. Water 

  8. Worms you dig up in the garden outside (optional, but very helpful)

Easy Prep:

  1. Rescue an empty large plastic bottle from the recycle bin

  2. Cut off the top of the bottle, approximately 1-2” below the neck and set it aside.

  3. Use a nail or sharp object to punch 8-10 small air and drainage holes along the side and bottom of the bottle. 

  4. Fill the bottom of the bottle with dirt, worms (optional), newspaper, grass clippings, and dry leaves. This is your compost starter. 

  5. Sprinkle water to wet the compost starter. 

Ready, Set, Compost!

  1. Congrats kids! You’re ready to start composting your kitchen food scraps. You can try vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells or more leaves and grass, but remember no dairy or meat.

  1. Turn the bottle top upside down and place it in the open top of the bottle. The top will act like a funnel for adding water daily and help keep the critters out. 

  2. Place in a sunlight area and cover with kitchen towel when not in use.

  3. Check the composter each day and watch the magic happen. Stir the contents occasionally and keep damp. Over time you will see the materials break down and turn into nutritious soil that you can use in your garden.

  4. Bonus: Use your soil to grow your very own plant or start your own garden.

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