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Kekai Community Cart offers food, other items for free

The Kekai Community Cart in Wailuku is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, face masks and toiletries. Items may be taken home without purchase. — Photo courtesy of Vincent Mina

Inspired by her late son Noah “Kekai” Mina, Irene Plunkett Mina created a small farm stand in Wailuku to “give to my community, share a meal and to spread kindness” during these uncertain times.

The Kekai Community Cart is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables shared by farmers, as well as baked goods, bread, face masks and toiletries donated by the community.

Mina said that all items in the cart may be taken home without purchase. Community members and farmers have been stopping by to either make trades or to leave a donation, she said.

Someone left a $100 donation on the cart, Mina said.

The cart has only been operating for a week at the driveway of 1768 Kalawi Place, near Iao Intermediate School. It will be open next week 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

“Usually, open when it gets cooler,” she said.

Mina hopes that other neighborhoods will be inspired to build their own stands.

“It’s amazing how one little cart can make a difference,” she said.

Noah Mina, 35, died last May.

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