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Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!

by Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!
Help Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom!

Aloha friends,

This past month the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation planted over 200 fruit trees around Hawai'i island with schools, community centers, and a Native Hawaiian farmers association. These 200 fruit trees will provide 11,000 pounds of fresh locally-grown fruit every single year once the trees mature, feeding and nourishing thousands of students, families, and Native Hawaiians across the island for decades! This is so important for Hawai'i, where food sovereignty is a growing movement and food security a growing concern. Types of trees planted include mango, avocado, white guava, mulberry, cacao, rollinea, pink jackfruit, Suriname cherry, acerola, soursop, white and red mountain apple, jaboticaba, clove, cinnamon, Brazilian plum, starfruit, abiu, Meyer lemon, Calamondin lime, Valencia orange, tangelo, kumquat, tangerine, and navel orange! Below is a list of each orchard that was planted over the past four weeks (click on the link to see photos from the planting events):

Kealakehe Elementary School: 23 trees planted & 8 trees given away to school teachers and staff

Konaweana High School Agricultural Farm: 25 trees

Lapahoehoe Public Charter School: 24 trees

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate School: 7 trees

Maku'u Farmers Market Association: 7 trees

Malamalama Waldorf School: 18 trees

Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Sciences Upper School: 8 trees

Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Sciences Lower School: 7 trees planted & 10 given away to students' families

Kohala Elementary School: 25 trees

Kohala Village HUB/Feed Hawai'i: 24 trees planted & 10 trees given away to community volunteers

Mahalo nui loa to each and every one of you who have supported this project, we truly could not do it without your support and aloha for Hawaiian food freedom!

To a fruitful future for all Hawaiians,

The FTPF Team

Aloha, and thank you for your continued support of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's work in Hawai'i!

Our team is gearing up for another fruit-tree-planting-bonanza as we organize the final details for our trip back to the Big Island this August. We plan to plant hundreds of trees primarily on school campuses in order to bring outdoor, edible classrooms to Hawaiian students and healthy, fresh fruit to families.

From Kona to Kohala to Hilo, your support is helping fruit trees find their forever homes at schools around the island, and creating food freedom for Hawaiians for generations to come.

Mahalo nui loa!

Dear friends of FTPF,

Thank you for continuing to support FTPF and our work to bring food equality and food sovereignty to Hawai'i. We believe fruit trees are an essential part of creating healthier, stronger Hawaiian communities, and with every tree planted believe we are planting hope for future island generations...

He ali`i ka Aina, ha kauwa ke kanaka...
The Land is a Chief, Man is its Servant...

 -Hawaiian Proverb

In this spirit, we are planning for another round of projects in August 2019 focused on Hawai'i Island schools and youth-based programs. Please consider making a donation to this project to help us make orchards a reality for these Hawaiian schools, as well as the many, many other schools and communities across Hawai'i who are waiting to participate in our programs.

Thank you for believing in the power of fruit trees to support Hawaiian communities!

Thank you to everyone who donated to Help Native Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom this year! With your support, we planted over 200 fruit trees with schools, Native Hawaiian cultural groups, nonprofits and families all across the Big Island. This was the first of many plantings around Hawai'i to come that will bring locally grown organic fruit that is FREE and easily accessible to islanders that may not otherwise regularly eat healthy produce or foods.

Attached in our 2018 Annual Report, which highlights our program outputs for the year, as well as the fact that for the eighth year in a row 90 cents of every dollar was spent on our life-sustaining tree-planting programs. Please take a look, and consider contributing towards Help Native Hawaiians Regain Food Freedom before the year ends!

Have a very fruitful holiday season and a happy New Year!

Ulu (Breadfruit)
Ulu (Breadfruit)

Aloha friends,

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is excited to announce our 2018 Island of Hawai'i orchard donations happening throughout the month of September!

We have an amazing lineup of recipeients including several schools, a farmers market, the Univerity of Hawaii at Hilo, a food sovreignty group, and a Native Hawaiian cultural center. FTPF staff have been busy visiting our partners here on the island, travelling from Kona to the Kohala coast and down into lower Puna to plan the orchards and select trees that will create bounitiful food forests. We will be planting a beautiful variety of trees specifically adapted for Hawai'i Island's unique climates, including ulu (breadfruit), avocado, mango, lychee, mountain apple, cacao, rambutan, carambola (starfruit), many types of citrus, jaboticaba, cinnamon, clove, and many, many more!

If you are on the islands and would like to join us at one of the planting events, please email our Programs Manager at for dates/times. We'd love to have our generous supporters help plant the fruit trees they helped bring to fruition!

Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much)


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Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
Project Leader:
Lizzy Rainey
Pahoa, HI United States
$16,897 raised of $20,000 goal
680 donations
$3,103 to go
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