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Shave Ice for summer at Pau Hana Market

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau is helping the Kaua‘i High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) club by offering the club a space at its Pau Hana Market on Mondays at Kukui Grove Center.

Kristina Martiney, the FFA advisor/instructor, watched on Monday as FFA member Keahe Domingcil crafted a shave ice using calamansi syrup that was crafted by the students utilizing a certified kitchen.

“This is a fundraiser for getting 14 of our students to the national FFA convention in Indianapolis,” Martiney said. “The students have an opportunity to learn a lot more at the national convention. We’re also using our shave ice machine to help raise the funds the club needs in order to attend the convention.”

Martiney said the students in the third and fourth year Food Production section created the natural syrup after getting a supply of calamansi oranges from the farm bureau’s Amy Chun.

Additionally, Melissa McFerrin Warrack of Kukui Grove Marketing, brought her son Finnegan to sample the new offering following his day at school.

“The goal of the Food Production class was to create a Value Added product,” Martiney said. “After receiving the fruit from Amy, the students were able to create enough syrup for two batches. That means we have syrup for next week as well.”

During the weekly farmers market that meets at 3 p.m. on Mondays, Domingcil struggled with the breezy winds that whipped through the market’s information tent while toiling to fill customer’s orders.

Shave ice on the initial appearance by the FFA students was limited to fresh calamansi syrup with the option of a snow cap for an additional add-on.

Laurie Ho, president of the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau, said the FFA students and Martiney should be at the Pau Hana Market every Monday through October for their fundraising efforts.
Source: The Garden Island

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