Search for the Heart of Kahalu‘u

July 4, 2012 By Marya Mann It’s a courtship by the sea, except we’re sitting in a Bakken Foundation classroom north of Kailua-Kona, where ReefTeach trainers show color slides of brilliant and broken corals that flourish and die in Kahalu‘u Bay. They want us to fall in love with the tranquility, beauty and history of this marine mecca without harming it, as unaware people have done for decades. “They thought it was only colored rocks,” says The Kohala Center’s Cindi Punihaole of the coral reefs, which delight snorkelers at the popular West Hawai‘i beach park. “They just didn’t understand that corals are living.”
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Used with permission from Keola Magazine

Lindsey appointed to board of North Hawaii Community Hospital

June 20, 2012 KAMUELA, HI – North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) announces the addition of Robert K. Lindsey to the hospital’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Lindsey, a retired Kamehameha Schools Administrator, brings years of political, cultural, business and community experience and knowledge to NHCH’s board. Born in Hilo and raised in Kamuela, Hawai‘i, Robert “Bob” Lindsey has lived in Waimea all his life, only leaving to attend high school and college on O‘ahu. 
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Used with permission from Hawaii 247

Cultivating Seed Savers in Hawaii

May 29, 2012 The role of education is pivotal to advancing the ethical development and stewardship of seed for future generations. Here at OSA we continue working to put the control of seed back into the hands of the public. Our educational outreach spans regional public workshops, production of educational materials available for free download from our website (visit our Publications page), our national biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference, working with farmers on Participatory Plant Breeding projects, and creating materials to cultivate new educators throughout the country. We’re excited to see our partners hard at work spreading seed saving knowledge throughout the country.

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Used with permission from The Organic Seed Alliance

School Garden Network wraps up first Spring School Garden Tour

May 3, 2012 For amateur gardeners and school garden teachers, it was a free opportunity to explore a different garden space and pick up a few tips. But according to Nancy Redfeather, project director, the Kohala Center’s School Garden Network organized the first Spring School Garden Tour to bring schools and their surrounding community together through their garden.
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Used with permission from North Hawaii News

Interview: Cortney of The Kohala Center

April 2012 One of the great joys of what we do is learning about sustainability efforts around the globe. So I was very excited when Karen, who had just given me a heavenly massage, told me about her daughter, Cortney Hoffman, who works at a place I’d never heard of, but which, after I did, knew I wanted to learn about. Cortney is in Human Resources at the Kohala Center an independent, not-for-profit, community-based center for research, conservation, and education in Hawaii. They have a range of programs that serve to create greater educational and employment opportunities by caring for—and celebrating—Hawai‘i Island’s natural and cultural landscape.

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Used with permission from Celebrate Green

Hawaii Seed Experts Gather for Maui Workshop

April 24, 2012 A workshop for farmers and gardeners on why and how to save seed will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, at Noho‘ana Farm in Waikapu and Kupa‘a Farm in Kula. An optional farm tour will also be held on Monday, May 21, at The Maui Farm in Makawao. The two-day workshop is designed to create a practical working knowledge of seed growing, botany and biology, plant selection, seed harvesting, cleaning, and saving.

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Used with permission from MauiNow.com

Marae hosts Hawaiian scholar’s lu‘au

April 19, 2012 A Hamilton city marae is hosting a lu‘au or Hawaiian feast to celebrate the graduation of a Waikato University PhD student. The lu‘au at Kirikiriroa Marae is for Keao NeSmith, a native of Kauai, who is back in Hamilton to receive a doctorate for his work on the revitalisation of the Hawaiian language. Mr NeSmith teaches the Hawaiian language at the University of Hawai‘i and has taken time off to come back for his graduation. “It’s the middle of our semester so I had to get substitutes to cover for me while I’m here graduating and partying.”

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Marae graduation for top Hawaiian scholar

April 11, 2012 Hawaiian PhD student Keao NeSmith is graduating next week at the University of Waikato marae. He will be joined by nearly a dozen members of his family, coming to New Zealand to share in Keao’s success. Keao completed his doctorate in applied linguistics at the School of Maori and Pacific Development with his research focussing on how the Hawaiian language is being conveyed to a new generation of Hawaiian speakers.
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Schools show off gardens

March 21, 2012 School gardens around Hawaii Island are in full bloom, and students and teachers at several school gardens are opening their gates for tours and tastings in April. On these tours, the public can enjoy produce grown and prepared by the students, teachers, and volunteers, and see how food self-reliance is growing in our communities. The tours will be April 14, 21, and 28, and are hosted by The Kohala Center, a local nonprofit with an emphasis on education, environment, and empowerment. Lunch is offered on some of the tours.
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School Garden Tours Coming Up in April

March 21, 2012 School gardens around Hawai‘i Island are in full bloom, and students and teachers at several school gardens are opening their gates for tours and tastings in April. On these tours, the public can enjoy produce grown and prepared by the students, teachers, and volunteers, and see how food self-reliance is growing in our communities. The tours will be April 14, 21, and 28, and are hosted by The Kohala Center, a local non-profit with an emphasis on education, environment, and empowerment. Lunch is offered on some of the tours.