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Cafe ‘Anela

HHIS FSC Students Start a New Business
Baristas at the Anela Cafe

This year a team of educators including Jacinta Helin, Sydney Popvich, Michelle Martin, Momi Smith, Delilah Preman, Justin Moniz and Mel Mamhot are facilitating a great new program for HHIS FSC students. The program was made possible by Mrs. Rachelle Matsumura who secured initial start up funds to get it off and running. One of the goals of the Anela Academy is to give their students real world work experience. They wasted no time in helping their students start a business that offers delicious lunches, provided by local restaurants and refreshing coffee drinks for HHIS staff. They also focus on sustainable practices teaching students gardening and recycling. Here’s the low down!

We heard the FSC students are running a new business on campus. Can you tell us about it?

G&G is a small student-led café, food delivery, gardening, and recycling business venture, housed on our very own Honoka’a High & Intermediate School campus. The purpose of this business venture is to expose students with disabilities to experiences they may encounter in their career fields, assess their work-based skill sets, and teach them the skills they will need in the future. Overall, G&G is a stepping stone to post high school transition which will nurture knowledgeable, skill based, self-sufficient (as much as possible) employees who can compete in the employment market, and sustain employment.

What skills are the students putting into practice with this project?

  • Customer service skills
  •  various work development skills
  • Independent daily living 
  • Effective communication, 
  • Social etiquette and interaction
  • Money management 
  • Food safety and handling
  • Health and hygiene (Personal & Work Site)
  • Dress etiquette 
  • Filling out job applications
  • Job Interviewing
The lovely and talented FSC students are ready for business.

What are your students saying about their jobs in ʻĀnela Cafe?

Students love it and are excited about working in the Cafe. They take great pride in the Cafe and the achievements they gain from it. They really look forward to seeing and communicating with teachers who visit the cafe.


How can teachers support the Anela Cafe?

Patronizing the cafe is one way teachers can support us. Visiting the cafe in person and interacting with the students is also important to help the students grow socially and also to give them a sense of pride at the services they offer in person.   Come by, get a coffee and talk story with the students!

Getting into the gardening groove.

Tell us about your coffee shop options.


Hot Coffee

Iced Coffee

Frappuccino (Coming soon)

Decaf Hot Coffee

Decaf Iced Coffee

Hot Tea (Green, Jasmin, Oolong, Black)

Sodas (Coming soon)

Flavored shots

Suggested donation prices: 

12 oz.-$2.00

16 oz.-$3.00

Flavor shots-$.50 per pump

A garden is born.

Let us know where and when menus will be posted and deadlines to submit payments!

Menus for lunch and other ordering information will be emailed to the staff and faculty at least a week in advance.

That’s great! Thank you for providing us and your students with this opportunity!

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    EliaApr 22, 2024 at 6:05 pm

    I think that it’s great that the Dragon Post has brought awareness to this new pathway, and showcased all the great work that they are doing there. This article was easy to read, and all of the captions on the pictures were a nice touch.