NOAA grant to fund Kawaihae watershed restoration

September 3, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Cody Dwight hopped in a chopper for a flyover of Kohala Mountain and was thrust into what he described as a scene straight out of the BBC’s acclaimed nature program, “Planet Earth.”

“The entire hillside was moving,” Dwight said. “It looked more like the Serengeti than Hawaii.”

What Dwight witnessed was a herd of feral ungulates galloping across a mountainside they’ve decimated over the years through overgrazing.

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The Kohala Center awards two Hawaiian Scholars Doctoral Fellowships: Native Hawaiian scientist and engineer pursue research to advance community and environmental sustainability

September 1, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Two Native Hawaiian scholars pursuing their doctoral degrees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have been awarded fellowships by The Kohala Center, a Waimea-based nonprofit focused on research, conservation and education.

Narrissa P. Spies, who is pursuing a doctorate in zoology, and Lelemia Irvine, a doctoral candidate in civil and environmental engineering, will each receive $45,000 and mentorship through the fellowship program to enable them to focus on completing and defending their dissertations during the 2017–18 academic year.

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Program Seeks Aspiring Big Island Farmers

August 16, 2017 (Big Island Now)—The Kohala Center will once again serve as the host site for the second Hawai‘i Island cohort of the state’s largest farmer training program.

GoFarm Hawai‘i @ The Kohala Center will offer students classroom instruction, tours of local farms, and hands-on experience in small-scale farming with support from UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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Kohala Center to Receive Funding for Kawaihae Watershed

August 8, 2017 (BigIslandNow.com)—Today, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will award $646,886 to The Kohala Center on Hawai‘i Island to help maintain and restore the Kawaihae watershed, within the West Hawai‘i Habitat Focus Area.
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Tough talk: Scientists, teachers discuss uphill battle of educating community on climate change

July 26, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—It was another case of the usual suspects.

What Dr. Chip Fletcher, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, set out to accomplish Tuesday afternoon in the Waimea School Cafeteria is encompassed by the same basic goal to which climate scientists have aspired for decades — to educate the public on the scientific truth of climate change.

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