Waimea’s Kohala Center Awarded $90,000 EPA Grant

January 9, 2018 (BigIslandNow.com)—The Kohala Center in Waimea on the Big Island is receiving a $90,000 environmental protection grant that it applied for in 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

The Kohala Center’s “Farm to Forest” project is using school gardens at middle schools to promote environmental literacy on Hawai‘i Island.

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The Kohala Center’s Farm to Forest: Giving back to the ‘āina

December 4, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—In late November, The Kohala Center’s Ke Kumu ‘Āina environmental education program began a new two-year initiative called Farm to Forest that will include a teacher planning workshop.

“The program is an aina-based education initiative that supports teachers and students in essential learning in the outdoor classroom,” said Ke Kumu ‘Āina Director Mahina Patterson.

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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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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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