Honoring Hawaii’s indigenous language and culture: Waimea HA Design Team selected to connect community with the ‘āina

September 22, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Two middle-school teachers, a seventh-grade student and two Kohala Center employees were announced in mid-September as a Na Hopena A’o (HA) Design Team by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE)’s Office of Hawaiian Education (OHE).

Twenty school/community design teams were selected total throughout the state.

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SBA awards $5 million in PRIME grants to help emerging micro-entrepreneurs: The Kohala Center among recipients

September 22, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Thirty-four community-based organizations across the United States that provide assistance to disadvantaged entrepreneurs will soon receive a combined $5 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME).

The Kohala Center (TKC) is among these organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs gain access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses. Their PRIME award will total $150,000, to be made available Sept. 30 for a 12-month project period.

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NOAA grant to fund Kawaihae watershed restoration

September 3, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Cody Dwight hopped in a chopper for a flyover of Kohala Mountain and was thrust into what he described as a scene straight out of the BBC’s acclaimed nature program, “Planet Earth.”

“The entire hillside was moving,” Dwight said. “It looked more like the Serengeti than Hawaii.”

What Dwight witnessed was a herd of feral ungulates galloping across a mountainside they’ve decimated over the years through overgrazing.

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The Kohala Center awards two Hawaiian Scholars Doctoral Fellowships: Native Hawaiian scientist and engineer pursue research to advance community and environmental sustainability

September 1, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Two Native Hawaiian scholars pursuing their doctoral degrees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have been awarded fellowships by The Kohala Center, a Waimea-based nonprofit focused on research, conservation and education.

Narrissa P. Spies, who is pursuing a doctorate in zoology, and Lelemia Irvine, a doctoral candidate in civil and environmental engineering, will each receive $45,000 and mentorship through the fellowship program to enable them to focus on completing and defending their dissertations during the 2017–18 academic year.

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Program Seeks Aspiring Big Island Farmers

August 16, 2017 (Big Island Now)—The Kohala Center will once again serve as the host site for the second Hawai‘i Island cohort of the state’s largest farmer training program.

GoFarm Hawai‘i @ The Kohala Center will offer students classroom instruction, tours of local farms, and hands-on experience in small-scale farming with support from UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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Kohala Center to Receive Funding for Kawaihae Watershed

August 8, 2017 (BigIslandNow.com)—Today, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will award $646,886 to The Kohala Center on Hawai‘i Island to help maintain and restore the Kawaihae watershed, within the West Hawai‘i Habitat Focus Area.
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