Tina Alcain

Agriculture Preservation Mentor - South Kona District

Tina Alcain is a former student and currently the agriculture teacher at Konawaena High School. She's studied agriculture for over six year. As a fifth generation to be part of her family's coffee and macadamia nut farm, agriculture is part of her heart and soul.

In the past few years, she has become interested in all things preserving and canning. She has been making jellies, jams, and butters, and recently expanded into learning more about marmalade. Tina's family also has avid fishermen and she has experimented with making her own canned tuna instead of making dried fish.

She hopes to be able to share her knowledge with the Ka Hana Noʻeau students so that they are able to take this manaʻo home and share with their families. Her class is currently growing vegetables which will be used to teach pickling and preserving techniques. This program has opened the eyes of her students to learning more about where their food comes from and how to live independently.