2017 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award recipients announced

October 30, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—The Akamai Workforce Initiative through Hawaii Community Foundation, North Kohala Community Resource Center-Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden and The Kohala Center are the three recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award.
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Honoring Hawaii’s indigenous language and culture: Waimea HA Design Team selected to connect community with the ‘āina

September 22, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Two middle-school teachers, a seventh-grade student and two Kohala Center employees were announced in mid-September as a Na Hopena A’o (HA) Design Team by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE)’s Office of Hawaiian Education (OHE).

Twenty school/community design teams were selected total throughout the state.

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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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Climate change workshop open to community

July 18, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—As part of the HI-MEET teacher training next week at Waimea Middle School, Dr. Chip Fletcher from UH-Manoa will present a compelling climate change talk open to the public from 3–5 p.m. July 25 at Waimea Elementary School’s cafeteria. The purpose will be to share with residents, that climate change profoundly influences island communities.
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Teachers encouraged to apply for outdoor science professional development program

May 16, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Hawaii teachers and their students will have opportunities this year to leave the classroom and study firsthand the island’s ahupuaa, or traditional Hawaiian mountain-to-sea land divisions.

The Kohala Center is recruiting middle and high school teachers from West Hawaii and throughout the state for its Hawaii Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers (HI-MEET) program — an innovative, hands-on, science-based program that focuses on bay and watershed education.

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Outdoor Science Professional Development Program for Teachers

May 11, 2017 (BigIslandNow.com)—The Kohala Center is looking for middle and high school teachers for its Hawai‘i Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers program. Teachers and their students will have opportunity to leave the classroom and study the island’s ahupua‘a, or traditional Hawaiian mountain-to-sea land divisions.
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Connections for sustainability

May 13, 2016 (North Hawaii News)—As with the rest of the world, Hawaii is beginning to see the effects of growing environmental problems such as climate change, deforestation, urban growth and low water quality. Just as our canoe was built with many hands, Hawaii is going to need the efforts and insights of citizen scientists to address environmental issues.
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HI-MEET: Connecting the environment with the classroom

December 16, 2015 (North Hawaii News)—Teachers gathered at Paniau in Puako for a field workshop, provided by The Kohala Center’s HI-MEET (Hawaii Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers) program on Dec. 5. They know where authentic learning takes place and it’s not necessarily in the classroom. Observation, questions, data collection, analysis; these are the science activities that this group of middle and high school teachers will soon be sharing with their students.
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