Team Up For School Nutrition Success!

A big mahalo to the 40 attendees of Hawaii’s first Team Up for School Nutrition Success <http://teamup.theicn.org/> at Camp Homelani on October 11.

Team Up uses a workshop and mentoring model that is based on peer-to-peer assistance.


The group discussed best practices surrounding Increasing Breakfast Participation and Food Safety and some SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) goals school food service managers can work on this school year.


Attendees represented:

  • 7 charter schools 
  • 16 DOE schools 
  • School Food Services Branch 
  • Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs 
  • Guam DOE 
  • 4 allied organizations: Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, Hawaii SNA and Hawaii Farm to School. 
  • Institute of Child Nutrition: Evaluators – Dr. Kristi Lewis and  Dr. Marjuyua Lartey from University of Southern Mississippi , Facilitator – Mapuana Weiss from Canyon Grove School, Utah 
  • USDA: Sheldon Gordon, Chief, Nutrition Training and Operational Support Branch, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • USDA Western Regional Office: Elizabeth Beechler 

A special mahalo to the following peer mentors who received additional training  and assisted their colleagues in establishing SMART goals.


Charter School Mentors:
Dorothy Antonio and Kay Hishinuma from Windward Nazarene Academy
Amalie Dorn, Volcano SAS


DOE Mentors::
Philip “Buzz” Burton, Kamalii Elementary
Jeanne Huihui, Kahakai Elementary
Napoleon Kailiawa, Keeau High School
Lillian Mori, Kealakehe Intermediate
Brenda Nagasawa, Kalani High School
Aileen Otani, Keaau Elementary