Hawai‘i Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers: Huli ‘Āina Kumu Wai curriculum orientation
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

July 25–27, 2017—We are currently recruiting intermediate and high school teachers for the 2017-18 school year professional development program. The year-long program starts with a 3-day hands-on workshop that will introduce teachers to the Huli ʻĀina Kumu Wai field science curriculum. The workshop will include instruction on Hawaiian cultural protocol, kilo observation skills, field sampling techniques, watershed education, and 14 lessons to share with middle and high school students.

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To apply, complete the online application form. The application deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017. You will be notified by July 7, 2017. Upon acceptance into the program, all participants will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining program requirements and responsibilities.

The three-day opening workshop includes

  • The Kohala Center’s Huli ‘Āina Kumu Wai curriculum of field science lessons aligned with NGSS and Common Core;
  • five (5) PDE3 credits (Course #AR182295);
  • field experience to model observation skills, environmental data collection, cultural protocols, and field trip behavior management techniques;
  • instruction in using field-sampling equipment and practice implementing lessons in the field (schoolyard, forest, and coastal lessons);
  • planning time to incorporate curriculum into your lesson plans and practice using NGSS planning tools;
  • introductions to natural resource partners in your region;
  • watershed and ahupua‘a maps;
  • $200 to purchase field science supplies such as transect tapes, quadrats, ID sheets, magnifiers, and more; and
  • ongoing support throughout the 2017–2018 school year to support field science work with students, including transportation, logistics, and classroom presentations.

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November 24, 2015 (North Hawaii 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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Teachers Teaching Teachers

Teachers Teaching Teachers is a monthly series of free professional development workshops for Hawai‘i Island’s K-12 teachers. The goal of this program is to bring teachers together to share knowledge and practices connecting school learning gardens with core curriculum, assessment and evaluation, and to deepen connections to student learning and outcomes. Click here to learn more.

The Kohala Center requests proposals for architectural and engineering services

The Kohala Center, Inc. (“The Center”) is soliciting proposals from qualified architectural/consulting firms to provide design, project site inspection, and construction engineering services for the renovation of an existing business accelerator facility in Kamuela, Hawaii. The Kohala Center, Inc. (“The Center”), an independent, not-for-profit center for research, conservation, and education, will renovate an existing two-story business accelerator facility to better serve its agricultural and value-added food producer clients. The accelerator facility is located in a rural, forested, ranch setting on Kohala Mountain Road within a fifteen-minute drive from the center of Kamuela. The project involves the renovation of an existing two-story wooden structure, doubling its covered space by approximately 2,500 feet, including the design and engineering of: a commercial kitchen; a demonstration kitchen; flexible workspace; an administrative office; a loading dock; enlarged driveway; accessible entryways, walkways, and parking lot; and a septic system. The start date of construction is Monday, August 24, 2015. The project is partially funded by the Economic Development Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce). The Kohala Center is providing matching funds to the EDA grant. All elements of the design and engineering process must meet standards of the EDA.

Following evaluation of the Proposals, and should there be questions that the written materials do not address, The Center may choose to interview up to three (3) prospective consultants. The Center may also choose to make the selection based on the written materials and reference checks alone.

Criteria used in the selection process will include:

  1. Project team qualifications (25%)
  2. Project team experience with similar projects (20%)
  3. Approach to project (25%)
  4. Capability of ensuring design and engineering process allows for construction to begin as scheduled (15%)
  5. Quality control plan (5%)
  6. Price (10%)

The selected architectural/consulting firm will enter a negotiated Professional Services Agreement with The Kohala Center, Inc., prior to the start of work.

Questions regarding this request should be sent by email only to Debi Kokinos, CFO, The Kohala Center at: dkokinos@kohalacenter.org. Interested firms should submit three (3) copies of their proposals, not exceeding fifteen (15) double-sided pages (excluding cover and dividers) to: Debi Kokinos, CFO, The Kohala Center, Inc., P.O. Box 437462, Kamuela, Hawai‘i 96743. Proposals must be postmarked by 5PM, Friday, January 16, 2015.

MBE/WBE/DBE firms are encouraged to submit proposals. The Kohala Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Click here to view a copy of the RFP (request for proposals).

Creating a School Herbarium

Six teams of two teachers each may apply. Two teachers (or one teacher and one librarian) from six schools will be chosen to take a weekend workshop with UH-Mānoa Professor Michael Thomas and selected graduate students at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Professor Thomas is the collection manager and curator of the Joseph Rock Herbarium at UH-Mānoa. The Herbarium was founded in 1911 and is a focal point for teaching, training, and education on the flora of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Increase your knowledge of botany and make new scientific and artistic connections between your school garden, the sciences, and your school library. Workshop fee, all materials and meals will be provided and a stipend of $100 for each participant. For more information see the Herbarium Guidelines. To apply please download the Herbarium Application.  Please send completed application to Nancy Redfeather at nredfeather@kohalacenter.org.