Connections for sustainability

May 11, 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 Hawai‘i 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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KBEC seeks Kahalu‘u program volunteers

July 21, 2015 (Big Island Now)—Volunteers are needed by the Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center for the ReefTeach and Citizen Science programs at Kahalu‘u Bay and Beach Park. The ideal volunteer loves the beach and has an interested in protecting the bay and its coral reefs, fish, and turtles.
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KBEC purchases new ‘home-on-wheels’

June 24, 2015 (Big Island Now)—The Kohala Center’s Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center has a new “home-on-wheels” at Kahalu‘u Beach Park, replacing the previous van that was in service since 2011. More than 12,000 patrons each year used the original vehicle as an education center and snorkel rental concession.
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Outside Hawai‘i, Episode 1

May 9, 2015—Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center’s efforts to educate visitors, residents, and keiki (children) on how to care for Hawai‘i’s critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals are featured in the inaugural episode of this new broadcast series.
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Student mural takes on life of its own

May 5, 2015 (West Hawaii Today)—Five enthusiastic students at Kahakai Elementary School stood in front of a large mural where hand-painted pictures of monk seals shined on a 4-foot by 8-foot canvass behind them. The young scholars spent more than two months crafting the drawings of the endangered species and joyfully expressed their knowledge and pride of the animal and a mural that has taken on a life of its own.
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Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center’s Turtle Talk

May 1, 2015 (Big Island Now)—Turtle biologist Rachel Silverman of Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center will “talk story” about honu, Hawaiian green sea turtles, at the center’s next Turtle Talk event on Thursday, May 14. During the talk, attendees will learn about different types of turtles that can be found in Hawai‘i, their importance to the ecosystem, the threats they face, and how individuals can do their part in protecting them.
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Learn all about the honu at Kahalu‘u Bay on Feb. 10

February 2, 2015 (Big Island Now)—Turtle biologist Rachel Silverman will be talking all about the Hawaiian honu, or green sea turtle, at the Kahalu‘u Beach Park in Kona on Tuesday, Feb. 10.  Silverman will outline the different types of turtles found in Hawai‘i, how they support local ecosystems, what currently threatens them, and how the public can help protect them.
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Turtle Talk is Thursday at Kahalu‘u

January 7, 2015 (West Hawaii Today)—Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center turtle biologist Rachel Silverman will give a once-a-month talk about Hawaiian green sea turtles in the small pavilion at Kahalu‘u Beach Park. Attendees will learn about the types of turtles found in Hawai‘i, why they are important to Hawai‘i’s ecosystems, what threats they face and how to help protect them.
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