July 18, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—As part of the HI-MEET teacher training next week at Waimea Middle School, Dr. Chip Fletcher from UH-Manoa will present a compelling climate change talk open to the public from 3–5 p.m. July 25 at Waimea Elementary School’s cafeteria. The purpose will be to share with residents, that climate change profoundly influences island communities.
June 28, 2017 (Ke Ola Magazine)—Kohala Mountain stands like a cloud-cloaked monarch, crowned with a 50,000 acre forest that feeds the streams and people of Kohala. The tradewinds bring warm water into the cool mountains and create a constant source of moisture that in pre-western contact time fed the intensive Kohala field system.
June 17, 2017 (Big Island Video News)—The expo, held on the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy campus, helped participants gain a better understanding of farming on Hawai‘i Island.
June 13, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—The Kohala Center announced last week the appointment of Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui as its new president and chief executive officer, effective July 3.
“Cheryl brings strong leadership skills, depth and breadth of work experience, and impressive team-building experience to The Kohala Center,” said Roberta Chu, chairperson of the center’s board of directors. “It became very clear during the selection process that The Center and its management team would continue to develop and flourish under her leadership. Her thoughtfulness, energy and enthusiasm are inspiring and will propel our efforts to new heights.”
May 24, 2017 (KHON2)—Farm to school programs across the nation are giving students a better understanding of the food system and where their food comes from. Hawaii has its own program in place and is fulfilling its mission and a lot more.
May 24, 2017 (Hawaii News Now)—Spearheaded by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and The Kohala Center are working collaboratively on the Farm to School Initiative. Across the nation, farm to school programs are reconnecting students to a better understanding of the food system and where their food comes from. Farm to school programs introduce students to healthier eating habits and help them become familiar with new vegetables and fruits that they and their families will then be more willing to incorporate into their own diets.
May 23, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—Atto Assi’s piggery in Mountain View is home to more than two dozen sows and one boar. This is a standard size for a small commercial operation in Hawaii. And if all goes well in the coming months, the model Assi uses for his farm — Korean natural farming — is about to become the standard for the Big Island’s next big meat market: local pork.
May 16, 2017 (North Hawaii News)—Hawaii teachers and their students will have opportunities this year to leave the classroom and study firsthand the island’s ahupuaa, or traditional Hawaiian mountain-to-sea land divisions.
The Kohala Center is recruiting middle and high school teachers from West Hawaii and throughout the state for its Hawaii Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers (HI-MEET) program — an innovative, hands-on, science-based program that focuses on bay and watershed education.
May 16, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Nancy Redfeather, whose name is synonymous with school gardens on Hawaii Island, recently retired from a prestigious 10-year career at The Kohala Center in Waimea.
She started working at The Kohala Center in 2006 and accomplished so much that people assumed she’d been working there much longer than 10 years. But for Redfeather, the time flew by and was not so much a job, but a labor of love.
May 15, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune Herald)—After years of planning and months of delay, the Hawaii Island Meat Cooperative has started processing local meat at its mobile slaughterhouse unit. Regular operations at the unit began April 20 and are scheduled to take place once every two weeks.