North Hawaii art gallery donates more than $40000 to environmental restoration efforts

February 14, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—For Waimea residents Gunner and Elli Mench, supporting reforestation efforts on Hawaii Island is all about giving back.

As owners of Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae — which curates a Wood Show twice a year largely featuring pieces made with materials grown on Hawaii Island — they wanted to support an organization dedicated to protecting and reestablishing native forests. Since 2009 the couple has donated more than $40,000 of their Wood Show proceeds to The Kohala Center to support its Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) program.
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Three Hawai‘i photographers set out to capture Kohala

June 5, 2015 (Big Island Video News)—A three-year photography project involving three well known Hawaii photographers is set to get underway in the native forests of North Hawaii. The Kohala Watershed Partnership, a sponsored program of The Kohala Center, recently received funding to undertake Images of Kohala: Source of Water, Source of Life in order to capture images “from some of the wildest and least accessible locations on Kohala Mountain.”
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Saving Pelekane Bay

February 18, 2013 (West Hawaii Today)—Tons of sediment—possessing the potential of wreaking havoc on Pelekane Bay at Kawaihae—remains far from the shore on Kohala Mountain thanks to the efforts of a local nonprofit and nearly two dozen volunteers. The Kohala Watershed Partnership, which is helping to restore native forests in the watershed above Pelekane Bay, spent Saturday with 20-plus volunteers in “moon country”—a dry, barren oasis where infrequent, short-lived heavy rains flush thousands of pounds of sediment from the slopes into the sea.
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Field research opportunities for science, math teachers

August 6, 2012 The Hawaii Island Meaningful Outdoor Experience for Students (HI-MOES) program encourages middle and high school science and mathematics teachers to apply for field research opportunities for the 2012-2013 school year. Administered by The Kohala Center and in association with the Kohala Watershed Partnership, HI-MOES empowers eligible teachers with critical resources to conduct place-based education — such as classroom mini-grants, transportation and logistical support — they or their schools are likely to need.
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Rare Find in Kohala Volunteers seek to aid epiphyte plant presumed extinct

July 7, 2011 A voluntary coalition of private landowners and state land managers hopes to preserve and propagate a rare Hawaiian plant species presumed extinct until it was discovered last summer in a North Kohala upland forest. Kohala Watershed Partnership received in June a $7,550 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Branch for protection and restoration of oha wai, or Clermontia peleana singuliflora.
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