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.
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.
August 29, 2017 (State of Reform)—Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced that it has selected five community organizations to receive grants to improve access to quality health care, nutrition and health education across the state.
August 22, 2017 (Big Island Now)—Sen. Mazie K. Hirono announced yesterday that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $646,886 in grant funding to restore the Kawaihae watershed in West Hawai‘i.
August 16, 2017 (Hawai‘i Public Radio)—On the Big Island, [T]he Kohala Center has been awarded a grant to fund an ambitious environmental restoration project that could become a model for future projects.
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.
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.
July 28, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Tickets are on sale for the Big Island Ohana Fest, a drug- and alcohol-free, three-day music festival coming to Waikoloa Stables Aug. 25-27. Mele with the Mountains is the theme for the family friendly event. … A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Kohala Center and PARENTS, Inc.
July 26, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—It was another case of the usual suspects.
What Dr. Chip Fletcher, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, set out to accomplish Tuesday afternoon in the Waimea School Cafeteria is encompassed by the same basic goal to which climate scientists have aspired for decades — to educate the public on the scientific truth of climate change.
July 19, 2017 (Food Tank)—By saving, exchanging, and reusing seeds over thousands of years, farmers and gardeners carefully selected crops for various traits adapted to many growing conditions and climates, creating a rich genetic plant heritage that formed the base of the global food supply.