Puna community garden receives $2,500 grant

Shown, from left to right, are Timothy Rowan, vice president; Tanya Chuoke, neighborhood watch; Greg DiBenedetto, president; Gilbert Hauanio Jr., road and park maintenance; Carrie Kowalski, secretary; Kiley Giovannoni, community affairs; and Carlota Pieper, treasurer.

Black Sands Beach community received a generous grant of $2,500 from District 5 Hawaii County Councilman Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelders’ office. The grant funding comes from the Hawaii County Contingency Relief fund and was awarded to the garden earlier this month. The grant is the product of a public-private partnership to promote sustainable gardening practices and fight local food insecurity.