Niuli‘i Coastal Land Dedicated to Cultural Preservation

March 24, 2016 (Kohala Mountain News)—Lands along almost the entire coast at Niuli‘i have been donated to The Kohala Center, a Waimea-based non-profit organization dedicated to long-term protection and cultural stewardship of land. The 48-acres span about a mile of the cliff coast from Keokea Park to Neue Bay near Pololu Valley.
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A farm of gardens

January 13, 2016 (West Hawaii Today)—The early morning air at Kawanui Farm was filled with the sweet scent of wood smoke. Gerry Herbert emerged from the house to greet me, dressed warmly. “We have a fire in the fireplace almost every morning in winter,” he said, rubbing his hands together to retain their warmth. He and his wife, Nancy Redfeather, are a pair of excellent gardeners who have created a lovely farm with numerous well-tended gardens and fruit orchards on an acre in Honalo.
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HI-MEET: Connecting the environment with the classroom

December 16, 2015 (North Hawai‘i News)—Teachers gathered at Paniau in Puako for a field workshop, provided by The Kohala Center’s HI-MEET (Hawaii Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers) program on Dec. 5. They know where authentic learning takes place and it’s not necessarily in the classroom. Observation, questions, data collection, analysis; these are the science activities that this group of middle and high school teachers will soon be sharing with their students.
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Mellon-Hawai‘i scholars selected

November 24, 2015 (North Hawai‘i News)—Three Native Hawaiian scholars have been selected as 2015–2016 Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows to pursue original research and advance their academic careers. One of the recipients, Natalie Kurashima, lives in Waimea.
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Three receive fellowships

November 17, 2015 (The Garden Island)—One Kauai native and two other Hawaii natives have been selected as the 2015–16 Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows. The honor allows the three students to pursue original research and advance their academic careers.
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Farm to school effort gets roots

October 11, 2015 (West Hawaii Today)—A proclamation from Gov. David Ige declaring October Farm to School Month was delivered Thursday by his representative Susan Kim at Kona Pacific Public Charter School, kicking off the campaign in West Hawaii. Through a partnership with the USDA and Food Corp, area schools are developing gardens and accompanying curriculum with the goal of cultivating a nation of healthy kids.
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The Kohala Center receives community leadership award

September 29, 2015 (West Hawaii Today)—The Kohala Center and Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii are recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Awards, recognizing nonprofit leadership within the areas of community development, education or housing, to benefit residents of Hawaii County. Each nonprofit organization received $15,000. The announcement was made during a presentation at Kahua Ranch on Sept. 9.
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Working to prevent childhood obesity

September 29, 2015 (North Hawaii News)—September is National Obesity Awareness Month, bringing to light a pervasive issue throughout North Hawaii. Originally seen more so in adults, childhood obesity now increases the risk for other health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease in children.
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