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09.15.11

Fall into Change

Lifestyle

By: Candice Kumai

While summer 2011 was definitely a memorable one, fall is by far my favorite season. Why? For cozy fashion, boots, amazing autumn flavors of butternut squash + pumpkin… I could go on! But most of all, fall is a time of goals + growth that comes from change.

I recently spent time with high school + college students at MA’O Organic Farms in Waianae, HI, as part of a White House AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) initiative. Hawaii is a place of paradise and beauty, but not always a place of opportunity. I went to help inspire the beautiful and promising youth of Hawaii and found that they were the ones inspiring me! These students work 20+ hours a week harvesting at MA’O in exchange for a free education at the local community college. MA’O’s funding creates commerce and inspires sustainability, education and opportunity in a place of where they’re not always a given.
It’s a great thing that we can all change, inspire and create. I will create change with my ‘Ohana (family) in Hawaii and I will dedicate my fall + winter to assisting those in need. I will run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon to create awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and I will donate my cooking+ recipes to ChooseMyPlate.gov to educate on healthy, balanced eating.

What will you do? How will you change, inspire and create?
Tweet me @StilettoChef: I will ________.

Be well my friends, live the good life xx Candice

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