Taking care of the planet and each other: The Tiffany Project launches community garden and education center in Waimea

  • Two members of Hula Halau O Kukui Aloha O Kohala perform at the aina blessing ceremony. (LANDRY FULLER/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY)

  • Elisa Jacobs and her son, Sam Bevans, explain how their new Waimea project will help those in need. (LANDRY FULLER/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY)

  • The aina blessing ceremony Oct. 21 is a combined effort led by a rabbi and members of a halau. (LANDRY FULLER/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY)

WAIMEA — On Oct. 21, a dozen or so residents from both sides of the island dug their feet deep into the fertile soil on a quarter-acre plot of land on the wet side of Waimea at a blessing ceremony for what this time next year will be a flourishing community garden.