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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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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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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Bringing life back to the land

June 28, 2017 (Ke Ola Magazine)—Kohala Mountain stands like a cloud-cloaked monarch, crowned with a 50,000 acre forest that feeds the streams and people of Kohala. The tradewinds bring warm water into the cool mountains and create a constant source of moisture that in pre-western contact time fed the intensive Kohala field system.
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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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