Founded in the year 2000, The Kohala Center is an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education.
We turn research and traditional knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. Our main areas of interest are energy self-reliance, food self-reliance, and ecosystem health.

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Want to learn more about honu (green sea turtles)? Join biologist Rachel Silverman for a "Turtle Talk" at Kahaluu Bay Education Center on Wednesday, August 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.! Learn about what kinds of turtles are in Hawai‘i, their importance to ecosystem health, what threats they face, and how we as environmental stewards can help protect them. A $10 donation is requested. For more information contact KBEC at 808-640-1166. ... See MoreSee Less

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At our sunrise ceremony welcoming the seventh cohort of Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows, we were joined by Native American students from the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Summer Internship program (www.hersinstitute.org/#!/page_about), a program of Haskell American Indian University/University of Kansas. HERS interns spend eight weeks studying the impacts of climate change on indigenous natural and human communities. Members of both programs shared observations, songs, and chants with Tūtū Pele and each other. The convergence of these two programs that advance and celebrate indigenous knowledge—at a place as sacred and meaningful
as Halema‘uma‘u—was a blessing indeed!
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This morning we welcomed the seventh cohort of Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows at a sunrise ceremony at Halema‘uma‘u Crater. As the fellows and their mentors assembled for this photo, five endangered nēnē (Hawaiian geese) flew overhead and graced us with their presence. From left to right: Dr. Matthews Hamabata (President and CEO, The Kohala Center), Liza Keānuenueokalani Williams (Doctoral Fellow), Noelani Puniwai (Doctoral Fellow), Dr. Craig Severance (Mentor), Dr. Keiki Kawai‘ae‘a (Mentor), Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Mentor), Dr. Vernadette Vicuna Gonzales (Mentor), Dr. ‘Ilima Luning (Postdoctoral Fellow), Dr. Noa Kekuewa Lincoln (Postdoctoral Fellow). ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events

JULY 24, 2014
Culinary Workshop for School Food Service Professionals
Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island


JULY 26, 2014
KWP Volunteer Day: Kilohana Stream Biodiversity Preserve
Waimea/Kohala Mountain, Hawai‘i Island


JULY 26, 2014
South Kona Seed Exchange
Captain Cook, Hawai‘i Island


JULY 27, 2014
“Eat Fruits & Vegetables” Workshop
Pāhoa, Hawai‘i Island

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