Leilehua To Launch Monthly Food Fest

The food trucks are coming! The food trucks are coming!

Leilehua High School will kick off its inaugural monthly food festival Dec. 12 in the school parking lot. “2nds at Leilehua” is the brainchild of first-year principal Jason Nakamoto, who was looking for ways to bring community members to the school. What better way than food?

Wahiawa is a long distance from the typical downtown street food scene, and the hope is that 2nds at Leilehua will give residents greater access to the excitement found at venues like Eat The Street.

The unsponsored event is a collaboration of students and faculty, led by Nakamoto and Leilehua High School Class of 2015 Leadership Board, who organized the food trucks and food vendors.

This event also is a fundraiser for the senior class luau, which will be held at Polynesian Cultural Center. Last year’s on-campus luau was poorly attended, and the school is hoping the grander venue will attract a larger crowd for the school’s last official function before graduation.

“It’s a nice way to bid aloha to our seniors,” said senior class co-adviser Willie Ganiko. “We want to do something for the community that shows the impact these seniors had on the campus.”

The hope is to raise enough funds to make the luau free for all graduating seniors. For that to happen, the school will need to raise $7,000-$8,000.

Students will be selling water, juice and soda, and a $25 vendor fee also will go toward the graduation celebration.

Vendors include Aloha Pops HI, Five-0 Hawaiian Style Smoked Ribs, Grandma G’s, Dat Cajun Guy, Local Stop, Hula

Shrimp Company, Beyond Burgers HI, The Taco Truck, Cupcakes and Things Bakery, Kau Kau Grill, Surfin’ Salsa, Ala Serenity (Leilehua High School Culinary), Iliahi Dragon Cafe (Iliahi Elementary School Cafe), Le Crepe Cafe and Paul’s Poppers.

In addition to food, the school’s marching band will perform, along with the band and orchestra musicians from Wahiawa and Wheeler middle schools (awaiting confirmation).

For further information, go to 2nds at Leilehua Facebook page, Twitter @2ndsatleilehua or Instagram @2ndsatleilehua.

More food festivals are being planned for the second Friday of each month through May of 2015 at the Wahiawa campus