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Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Benefit Dinner at Proud Peacock

March 22, 2017

You are invited to the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Benefit Dinner at the Proud Peacock at Waimea Valley on April 13th at 6:30pm. Chef Thomas Naylor of Ke Nui Kitchen will prepare this five course locally-sourced, seasonal meal. This seated dinner will feature ingredients from North Shore farms…

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How Well Do You Know Hawaiʻi’s Plants? by FoodCorps Service Member Stephanie Loui

March 22, 2017

This month, 4th graders in ‘ĀINA schools around Oʻahu are learning about the unique and special plants found only in Hawaiʻi. As part of the ‘ĀINA In Schools 4th grade Hawaiian Garden curriculum, students have the opportunity to plant native species adapted to their climate and region,...

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Kauaʻi and Waimea Educator Training Recap

March 22, 2017

This month, the ʻĀINA team went statewide, visiting Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island to train educators in the ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum and engage in hands-on learning in the garden. We wrapped up our PDE3 ʻĀINA In Schools Nutrition Curriculum Training for Educators at Wilcox Elementary School,...

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Windward District Fitness Meet Recap

March 22, 2017

On March 2nd, students from Sunset Beach Elementary School all the way to Kahaluʻu Elementary gathered at Castle High School for the 37th Annual Windward Fitness Meet. With the help of P.E. teachers, nurses, military volunteers, Castle High School students, and members of the Windward Wellness…

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Ag Day at the Capitol

March 22, 2017

Last month, the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation ‘ĀINA in Schools team packed up handouts and display boards and joined farmers, chefs, beekeepers, and more at the annual Ag Day at the Capitol event, held on the 4th floor of the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Vendors displayed their wares from local hot…

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Lt. Governors’ Farm to School Initiative Update

March 22, 2017

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Agriculture) recently posted a short video about their role in the the Kohala Complex’s pilot farm to school program. As a long-time advocate for healthy eating, garden education and farmer training in the district, HIP Agriculture jumped on…

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Tending to Sustainable Gardens

March 22, 2017

ʻĀINA In Schools partnered with Mālama Learning Center’s Hawaiʻi Green Collar Institute to provide professional development for 20 Leeward Coast educators at Camp Pālehua. Together, we engaged in hands-on learning and discussion around tending to sustainable school gardens. The course focused…

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Local Iʻa - Fresh, Local, Pono Seafood now available on Oʻahu!

March 22, 2017

You’ve all heard of a CSA….what about a CSF? Community Supported Fisheries are modeled after agricultural CSAs in which you get a share of seafood each week much like a share of produce each week. KHF members and volunteers receive a 10% off membership (first 4 shares of fish).

Local I‘a is…

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STEM and Garden Learning Opportunities for Oʻahu Educators

March 22, 2017

Na Kumu O Ke Ola: Plants of Hawaiʻi as Teachers | March 28, 2016 | 4-6pm | Kumuola
This workshop will explore traditional plants of Hawaiʻi and the concept of plants as our teacher. Kumuola is a living, learning cultural farm dedicated to taking care of native Hawaiian plants we need for life,...

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Save the Date: Kū ʻĀina Pā Summer Intensives for Teachers Using the Hawaiʻi School Garden Curriculum

March 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The School Garden Curriculum Map is a pathway to connect core curriculum in the classroom with opportunities for extending learning in the real world—the basis of both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The Big Ideas begin…

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ʻĀINA IN Schools Grade 4 Hawaiian Garden Recipes with ʻUala (sweet potato)

March 22, 2017

This semester our fourth graders are enjoying these delicious and easy ʻuala recipes made from the ʻuala grown in their school garden. Sauteed ʻuala leaves and kōʻelepālau are always a hit with the 4th graders and ʻĀINA docents!

Sauteed ʻUala Leaves
Ingredients:
4 to 8 cups ʻuala Leaves…

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Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Benefit Dinner at Proud Peacock

March 17, 2017

 

You are invited to the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Benefit Dinner at the Proud Peacock at Waimea Valley on April 13th at 6:30pm. Chef Thomas Naylor of Ke Nui Kitchen will prepare this five course locally-sourced, seasonal meal. This seated dinner will feature ingredients from North Shore…

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Lt. Governors’ Farm to School Initiative Update

March 07, 2017

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Agriculture) recently posted a short video about their role in the the Kohala Complex’s pilot farm to school program. As a long-time advocate for healthy eating, garden education and farmer training in the district, HIP Agriculture jumped on…

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Upcoming ʻĀINA Docent Trainings

March 07, 2017

Become an ʻĀINA In Schools volunteer docent! ʻĀINA docents lead monthly hands-on, standards-based garden lessons for grades K, 1, 4, and 5, compost lessons for grade 3, and nutrition lessons for grades 2 and 6 at our ʻĀINA partner schools. No experience is necessary and times are flexible!...

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ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Trainings for Educators

March 07, 2017

Register Now For Hawaiʻi Island Educator Training:

Hawaiʻi Island educators are invited to participate in Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s curriculum training created especially for teachers who want to use ʻĀINA In Schools lessons with their students! The ʻĀINA In Schools Curriculum Training…

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ʻĀINA Farm to School Field Trip for Educators: Ulupō Heiau and ʻĀINA School Keolu Elementary

March 07, 2017

Oʻahu educators joined us for our quarterly ʻĀINA Farm to School Field Trips for Educators on Saturday, February 4. This field trip included a visit to Ulupō Heiau, the largest agricultural heiau on Oʻahu. Its freshwater springs and the loʻi kalo of the area are a different side to Kailua…

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Tending to Sustainable Gardens

March 07, 2017

ʻĀINA In Schools partnered with Mālama Learning Center’s Hawaiʻi Green Collar Institute to provide professional development for 20 Leeward Coast educators at Camp Pālehua. Together, we engaged in hands-on learning and discussion around tending to sustainable school gardens. The course…

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Releases Inspiring Video

March 07, 2017

With many high-profile announcements and decisions, the 2016 World Conservation Congress in September was a great success. It was the largest Congress in IUCN history and the largest international conservation event ever held in the United States. An inspiring video was released about the…

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3Rs School Recycling

March 07, 2017

We are currently putting final touches on our 3Rs Educator Resource Guide for teachers and community members who want to educate on the values of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Keep your eyes out for our new resource!

The Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation 3Rs School Recycling program offers classroom…

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Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drives

March 07, 2017

February was another great month for Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drives. Kainalu and Keoneʻula Elementary schools hosted with 35 student, teacher, and parent volunteers. The highest volumes of recyclables for both came from HI-5 cans and bottles that the schools collected themselves and from…

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Plastic Free Hawaiʻi School Presentations!

March 07, 2017

Plastic Free Hawaiʻi offers classroom presentations to schools on Oʻahu. Presentations are typically 40-45 minutes long, and cover the facts on single-use plastics, marine debris, Oʻahu’s local recycling, as well as solutions to plastic pollution. We are targeting grades 4th-12th grades…

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Sign Up for Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Volunteer Training

March 07, 2017

When/Where?
The Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Volunteer Training is coming up on Saturday, April 1 at Maryknoll School from 10am-2pm. 

Who?
The Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Volunteer Training is designed for people with a passion for plastic reduction in our islands. Attendees must have an…

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Keiki Great Aloha Run

March 07, 2017

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation was a sponsor of the Keiki Great Aloha Run, with a record turnout of over 2,700 participants in the event! The Plastic Free Hawaiʻi water refill station was offered to provide free, filtered water for the morning. All cups used were certified compostable....

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Oʻahu’s First Beach Cleanup Station

March 07, 2017

Oʻahu’s first Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Beach Cleanup Station is now available for public use! The Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Beach Cleanup Station in Kailua creates opportunities for spontaneous beach cleanups. The Beach Cleanup Station is located at Kailua Beach Adventures and is a wooden box…

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Legislative Updates: Hawaiʻi Polystyrene Foam Bans

March 07, 2017

Statewide Foam Ban
SB1109 to ban expanded polystyrene foam (EPS foam), aka “Styrofoam”, from being used by food establishments passed through its first hearing with over 600 testimony submitted in support. This is unprecedented support for a bill! However, this bill may die as the…

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Plastic Trashion Show

March 07, 2017

A Trashion Show was held on Friday, February 10th in Honolulu as participants flaunted plastic outfits at Longs Drugs and Nico’s Pier 38 to encourage the stores to move away from single-use plastics and to raise awareness about plastic-related legislation. Details here

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Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Merchandise

March 07, 2017

Looking for Plastic Free Hawaiʻi merchandise? Check out our insulated bottles, bamboo utensil sets, reusable tote bags, bamboo sporks, stainless steel cups, and more! These are always available at our online store as well as at local retail stores. Click here for a list of stores on…

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HAIS Schools Re-Use Program

March 07, 2017

 


The Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) is offering a new program called HAIS Schools Re-Use. This program provides a platform for HAIS member schools to post items that they would like to donate to other schools (ex: iPads, computers, office furniture, etc.)....

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Most Likely to Succeed Film Screening

March 07, 2017

A public screening of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed was held on Wednesday, February 22 at the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium. “Most Likely to Succeed” is a documentary on education and the first national campaign to inspire – and empower – communities across the country to…

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