Free presentation: Dynamic and unique Kahalu‘u

February 23, 2012 KONA, Hawaii: The cultural and natural landscape of the Kahalu‘u ahupua‘a (mountain-to-sea system) will be explored by Mitchell Fujisaka, Dr. Ku‘ulei Rodgers, and Kaipo Perez in a free presentation from 5:30–7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, at Keauhou Beach Resort, Ballroom III. Fujisaka, a kūpuna (elder) of Kahalu‘u, will share stories of his life in this ahupua‘a. 

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2012 SmallBiz Success Awards

18 Hawaii small businesses are finalists for Hawaii Business magazine’s SmallBiz Success Awards
Small Nonprofit Winner: The Kohala Center Education, environment, empowerment. The Kohala Center’s motto covers a lot, yet the Big Island nonprofit is delivering. Founded in 2001, the Kamuela-based organization has made wide-ranging progress: planting school gardens, propagating Hawaiian plants and supporting Hawaii’s families, farmers, ranchers and fishermen.

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Big Island wins big at 2012 SmallBiz Success Awards

February 19, 2012 Hawaii Island was well represented at the recent 2012 Hawaii Business magazine SmallBiz Success Awards. The Big Isle was the sole neighbor island boasting award finalists. The Kohala Center was tapped for Best Small Non-Profit and the statewide Martin & MacArthur earned a Lifetime Achievement award.
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The Kohala Center receives small business success award

February 13, 2012 The Kohala Center has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Small Business Success Award in the Nonprofit Category by Hawaii Business magazine. The Kohala Center was one of six winners and 12 finalists for the magazine’s SmallBiz Success awards announced last week. Other categories receiving awards were community service, family business, innovation, long-term achievement, and new business.
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Matt Hamabata wins Small Business Award

February 10, 2012 Kohala Center Director Matt Hamabata has been named this year’s winner of the 2012 Small Biz Success Award in the nonprofit category by Hawaii Business Magazine. The award was given to six winners and 12 finalists who were judged in 12 categories, including small business and nonprofit. Hamabata created the grass-root, nonprofit business Kohala Center in 2001. The Waimea nonprofit has developed from a simple business with a big idea, to a statewide recognized organization that has begun to make waves in the Hawaii community. 
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Volunteers help Waiakea school garden on MLK Day

January 17, 2012 HILO, Hawaii: Monday was the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday… that means all federal, state and county offices were closed. Public and private schools were also closed on Hawaii Island, but that doesn’t mean they were empty. Here at Waiakea High School, physicians and staff members with Kaiser Permanente joined students, teachers, and members of the Hawaii Island School Garden Network, to refurbish the school’s garden. 

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Kaiser commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17, 2012 More than 500 Kaiser Permanente Hawaii physicians and staff members volunteered their time today working on community projects on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The volunteer effort was led by the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, which was formed in 1960 to provide care to all Kaiser Permanente members in Hawaii.
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Hawaii school gardens receive grants from Kohala Center

December 14, 2011  Sixteen Hawai‘i Island schools have received grants from The Kohala Center to support funding for garden educators, for curriculum development, and for garden supplies. The Kohala Center funding supports school garden programs at participating K-12 schools in order to improve the quality of food and agriculture sciences education in Hawai‘i.

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New Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center blessed

December 6, 2011 A new visitor education experience awaits visitors to Kahalu’u Beach Park. The Kohala Center has entered into a 10-year contract with the County of Hawaii to establish the Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center, a new, portable facility to house the educational center and the snorkel rental concession at the popular beach park. The new education center was blessed this Saturday.

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Protecting Kahaluu Bay

December 4, 2011 The Kohala Center has entered into a 10-year contract with the county to establish a learning center at Kahaluu Beach Park. The Kahaluu Bay Education Center offers a learning experience for visitors and residents — one that teaches respect and reverence for the natural and cultural resources of Kahaluu Bay. “It’s a great day today, to be able to move forward with this project,” said county Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald at Saturday’s blessing of the education center.
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