Keiki get jump on rat lungworm education

May 23, 2016 (Hawaii Tribune Herald)—Gardens are a rich resource for classrooms, giving kids hands-on experience with the concepts they learn about in school. But in East Hawaii, school gardens are like any backyard garden: they’re a place where slugs and snails make their homes, and where there are snails and slugs, there’s a potential for rat lungworm disease.
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Connections for sustainability

May 11, 2016 (North Hawaii News)—As with the rest of the world, Hawaii is beginning to see the effects of growing environmental problems such as climate change, deforestation, urban growth and low water quality. Just as our canoe was built with many hands, Hawaii is going to need the efforts and insights of citizen scientists to address environmental issues.
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Isle public schools enticed to “buy fresh, buy local”

May 2, 2016 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—Darren Strand, president of Maui Gold Pineapple Co., sells fresh and frozen pineapple to customers as far away as Japan, but getting Hawaii’s emblematic fruit into local public school cafeterias is a tougher order.

“It’s really frustrating to see how much pineapple they eat in the schools and none of it’s from Hawaii,” said Strand, whose company has 1,000 acres in cultivation. “So we’d like to fix that.”
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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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