“Ooh, what’s that?” “Wow, sweet potato pie!”

Those were among the comments heard in the lunch line last month at Kähala Elementary School’s Thanksgiving lunch. This year, 200 public schools celebrated the holiday with a roast turkey and gravy lunch and an Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie square dessert as part of the Hawai‘i Department of Education’s ‘Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program.

In a DOE-issued news release, ‘Aina Pono: Farm to School Program coordinator Dexter Kishida of the DOE’s School Food Service Branch, said it was the first time local Okinawan sweet potatoes from the Big Island were being incorporated into student meals.

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