Soldiers, volunteers come together to support youth program

Hookahua Ai member Shelly Keawe, left, receives some bamboo from Pvt. Harold Francis as they work to clear loi as part of an effort in support of the youth mentorship program. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)

HAWI — As a senior mentee with Hookahua Ai, a mentorship program under Kahua Paa Mua, Jamiel Ventura recognizes the importance of being able to grow his own food and the sense of empowerment that comes with it.