Girls’ empowerment set for Saturday

MOLOAA — Volunteers from all over the island were busy Thursday mowing, sorting and baking in preparation for the third annual Pink Pineapple Project at Retro Farms in Moloaa.

About 200 women and girls of all ages are expected to gather on the farm’s lawn Saturday for the girls’ empowerment event, this year centered around the theme of kindness.

“It’s also a way for the girls to make new friends on the island,” said organizer Mary Ellen Houston. “Sometimes we get isolated in our own ahupua’a and it’s a fun way to bring the north an east and west shore girls together.”

Crafts and pineapple planting take up much of the morning, along with games and activities with an anti-bullying message. The activities provide a chance for the girls to work together and to make new friends.

“We’re using a Lady Gaga quote about kindness and that it is free, it doesn’t cost anybody anything to give it away and it doesn’t cost anything to receive it,” Houston said.

Freshly baked pineapple upside-down cake will finish off the event, which wraps up at about 12:30 p.m.

Houston was busy Thursday with a multitude of volunteers who were folding T-shirts, baking sheets of cake, setting up tables and finishing last-minute details.

“I’ve had so many more people come out and volunteer to help this year and it’s wonderful,” Houston said.

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