July 14, 2021
Aloha Friends of Monkeypod Jam,
So, what is going on with little Monkeypod Jam? After over ten years of developing and growing our brand, we decided it would be best for us to close our little jam shop and cafe. Our lease was up at the end of 2020 and with Kauai closed I just couldn't sign a new contract. December was spent making a final pallet of jars into jam and clearing out the kitchen. It was a whirlwind! My team was absolutely incredible. They were a force of five completely focused on tying everything up, selling equipment, scrubbing all the nooks in the kitchen, and getting everything we weren't selling to my backyard shed. Looking back, I can't believe they saw it through to the end. It was tough! I knew I just had to keep feeding them and hoping they would show up the next day. Monkeypod Jam is not done... We have a lot in the works and are looking forward to being a part of the community again soon. Over the next two weeks I plan to share what we have been up to, what we are doing now to prepare for our future and what that future will look like. So, for those of you who like a good story and have a few moments to kill... read on. Today I am sharing what life has been for my family between September 2020 to June, 2021. This past September I returned to the classroom. With the school situation, Rob and I decided to pull Annika for the year and I would teach her at home. My sister made a wise suggestion that I take on a few of her little buddies. We ended up with a one room classroom filled with 8 third graders. Most of the kiddos have been friends since their Koloa Early School days. To say the year was magical does not even touch how incredibly special it was. We converted our back Ohana cottage into a one room classroom. School was held every weekday between 8 and 3pm. Computers were not used. We developed solid math skills, read chapter books, wrote, studied American history, conducted science labs in the backyard, created art masterpieces, mastered cursive, and took an hour for lunch. The children worked hard, worked together, filled multiple comp books, collected millipedes, climbed and swung from the branches of ancient lychee trees, laughed, and virtually had no idea how difficult the world was this year. I’m going to miss each of them so very much and am grateful to the seven other families who helped make the year happen. As for Stella the cat, she’s happy to have her quiet yard back.In a few days I'll share what we have been working on this summer and what it means for Monkeypod. Sincerely,Aletha
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