A Garden Grows in Kekaha (formerly called the "Kekaha Community Garden") is the home of the Growing Good Initiative. This aim of this Initiative is to provide organically grown seedlings and instruction on organic and regenerative practices to the westside community. Our small site is also being renovated as a demonstration garden showing examples of those practices.
Pride in Our Westside Culture
Our efforts are by, for and about the residents of west Kaua‘i.
We take pride in our history of tight-knit, multigenerational families across ethnicities and experiences. Our collective traditions of food, agriculture and traditional farming practices are rich and diverse, and that knowledge is part of what we share through our Growing Good Initiative.
Here in our west Kaua'i towns (from Kekaha and Waimea all the way to Koloa) many families have strong ties to the sugar plantation, as well as to taro and rice growing cultures, truck farmers, and fishers.
Decades later, westside residents now work in local businesses, government offices, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), as teachers and administrators, at the nearby Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), in the visitor industry, or as workers for the companies on westside ag lands. We are Filipino, Japanese, Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Ni'ihauan, Puerto-Rican and European-descended, and from so many other parts of the world. And now a new generation born and raised on the westside is returning with skills and local historical ties to help Kekaha and its families lead and shape its future.
To celebrate this generational and ethnic diversity, our Growing Good program focuses on the plants and foods of those cultures. In this way, participants learn about the many ethnic communities have impacted west Kaua'i.
Captions: Past special events presented by the Growing Good Initiative. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions the garden site is closed. In person instruction and presentations will resume in 2021.