May 16, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—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.
May 11, 2017 (BigIslandNow.com)—The Kohala Center is looking for middle and high school teachers for its Hawai‘i Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers program. Teachers and their students will have opportunity to leave the classroom and study the island’s ahupua‘a, or traditional Hawaiian mountain-to-sea land divisions.
April 18, 2017 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—WAIMEA, Hawaii island >> A group of cafeteria workers in white hairnets listened as chef Greg Christian demonstrated the importance of properly preparing ingredients before starting to cook. Prep work is vital to an organized kitchen that cooks from scratch, he said as he sliced a large carrot in the Kohala Elementary School kitchen. Items should be ready to go into the pan when the cook starts the stove, then served fresh. He calls the approach “just-in-time cooking.”
April 14, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—In celebration of Earth Day, residents can choose from six volunteer activities around the island, each focusing on ways to give back to the land. Organized by The Kohala Center, the official name for the day is La Malama Honua, meaning “a day to care for our Earth” in Hawaiian.
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February 22, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—Even the smallest garden bed requires an abundance of nurturing, and school gardens are no exception. A dozen educators from around the island met with the state’s farm-to-school coordinator Saturday for an overview of the program’s current initiatives and best practices for helping gardens thrive.
February 14, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—For Waimea residents Gunner and Elli Mench, supporting reforestation efforts on Hawaii Island is all about giving back.
As owners of Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae — which curates a Wood Show twice a year largely featuring pieces made with materials grown on Hawaii Island — they wanted to support an organization dedicated to protecting and reestablishing native forests. Since 2009 the couple has donated more than $40,000 of their Wood Show proceeds to The Kohala Center to support its Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) program.
February 10, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—When it rains, gardens get much needed nourishment, but runoff from impervious surfaces sends pollutants such as heavy metals and oil into waterways and eventually into the ocean. Rain gardens are a way to prevent this from happening.
January 23, 2017 (kidsgardening.org)—By supporting more than 60 school learning gardens on Hawai‘i Island through technical assistance and professional development programs, HISGN connects Hawai‘i’s keiki (children) to fresh food, healthier eating habits, and the ‘āina (land) itself. The Kohala Center also administers FoodCorps Hawai‘i and the statewide Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui. These three initiatives support garden and nutrition programs and help schools procure fresh, healthy, locally grown food.