The Garden Isle


By Dennis Fujimoto The Garden Island | Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 12:05 a.m.


KAPAA — Monday’s high temperature and humidity made it a good day for watermelon.


It was also a day when Kapaa Middle School student Remy Daigle called in sick.


That meant Daigle missed the opportunity to see the load of 500 pounds of Kauai-grown watermelon by Beck’s Hybrids being delivered to Kapaa Middle School, where a portion of the load was cut and sampled by school officials and some students.


“This is really good,” said Sarah Morioka, a student. “We’re having this again tomorrow?”


The delivery represents the first watermelon order for the Farm to Institution program on Kauai, and was served for lunch Tuesday at three Kapaa schools.


“My favorite fruit is watermelon,” Daigle wrote to Sen. Ron Kouchi earlier this year. “If my school meals included fresh watermelon, that would make me so happy.”


“Over the past couple of months, we have continued our deliveries of Kauai-grown vegetables and herbs to the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital under its farm to table concept of meals,” Thompson said.


The additional deliveries include zucchini, yellow squash, hubbard squash, cucumbers and lemon balm.


“Now, we’re excited to expand our orders to Kauai’s schools as our watermelons ripen in the field,” she said.


Beck’s deliveries also included destinations beyond the hospitals and schools. It will be providing the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair with watermelons for its watermelon eating contest when the fair opens this weekend.


“This is a week of celebrating agriculture,” Thompson said.



Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

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