Gift Certificate: Preserving Hawaii Workshop with MPJ Founder

Share the gift of learning with one of our seasonal canning classes! Each engaging, hands-on class teaches the basics of canning safety while creating preserves with local, seasonal produce. At the end of each workshop, students take home a jar of what we make in class. These are skills that will last a lifetime and easily transfer to other fruits and vegetables. Please indicate what you would like your gift note to say and we will simply send them an email on the date you specify - good for one year from gift date.

Location: The Monkeypod Jam Shop, 2-3687 Kamualii HWY, Next to the Lawai Post Office

Preserving Hawaii Workshops Include: Hands-on, personal instruction, all needed supplies, pupus, refreshments, 1-2 jars of class-made preserves to take home.

Aletha Thomas, a former schoolteacher, launched Monkeypod Jam in 2010 when she was placed on furlough. Each furlough Friday, Aletha would pull out her French copper pot and make jams and jellies using ripe Kauai fruit. With each batch, she was preserving the season’s harvest while also preserving childhood memories of her grandmas, both of whom she remembers preserving the season's local bounty.

In February of 2014, Aletha enrolled in Hawaii’s Master Preserving Program. Now certified as a Master Preserver and with over twelve years of teaching experience, Aletha is eager to share the ins and outs of home preservation with others who share her interest and passion of preserving the seasons.


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