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2014-15 School Year Report

June 30, 2015

Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation supports environmental education in Hawai‘i’s schools and communities. Our mission is to provide students with experiences that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so they will be lifelong stewards of the earth. During the 2014-2015 school year we reached thousands of children through our programs:   
‘ĀINA In Schools is a farm to school initiative that connects children to their local land, waters, and food to grow a healthier Hawai‘i.
Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation works directly with 16 Oʻahu elementary schools that have implemented the ʻĀINA In Schools program. 30 nutrition docent teams led 734 nutrition lessons, reaching 2,277 students, while 55 garden docent teams delivered 1,664 garden & compost lessons to 3,934 students, with 204 students participating in garden clubs. 11 chef partners provided 20 ʻĀINA Chef Visits to schools this semester with 2,063 students making healthy, kid-friendly recipes with local and school garden-sourced ingredients and 60 families participated in ʻĀINA Family Cooking Nights led by 6 of our partner ʻĀINA chefs, cooking and eating a locally-sourced dinner together. Nearly 600 parent and community volunteers supported the program by giving over 5,000 hours. An additional 120 educators from 70 schools and educational organizations across Kauaʻi, Maui, Lanai, Molokaʻi, and Oʻahu were trained this semester to grow the ʻĀINA garden, composting, and nutrition curricula to dozens of more schools across the state.
Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation Field Trip Grants give schools the financial assistance needed to bring students to outdoor sites where they can experience hands-on learning about Hawaiʻi’s environment.
8,500 students from 61 schools participated in field trips supported by Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation. Field trip sites included: Bishop Museum, Hālau Kukui-Kawaihae, Honouliuli National Wildlife Refuge, Kaʻala Farms, Ka Papa Loʻi o Kānewai, Kualoa Ranch, Maui Ocean Center, Papahana Kualoa, and many others.
Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation Mini-Grants support teachers and students from Hawai‘i schools in advancing their environmental education goals and pursuing innovative stewardship projects.
Nearly 9,000 students from 46 schools participated in environmental projects supported by KHF Mini-Grants this semester. Projects include: Ground to Grindz Garden Project, Kūhio Elementary School; Go Green: Grow and Buy Local, Noelani Elementary School; Worm Bin & Math Learning Station, Ke Kula O ʻEhunuikaimalino; Environmental Food Awareness Project, Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School; Plastic Free Week, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and more.
3R’s School Recycling Program empowers students to engage and educate their school community about the 3R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle.
KHF currently supports 58 schools and counting with their on-campus recycling and composting solutions. Since the recent Department of Education announcement of island wide recycling hauling provided for all Oʻahu schools, KHF will be ramping up our 3R's School Recycling Program island-wide with more recycling supplies and educational resources for schools. Additionally, KHF hosted 20 Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drives this semester where over 120,000 pounds of cardboard, paper, batteries, oil, bottles, cans, metals, electronics, TVs, and computers were collected and diverted from the waste stream with proceeds from the sale of the recycled materials going directly to the 20 host schools.
Plastic Free Hawai‘i provides resources, tools, and trainings to educate schools, business partners, and community members on the environmental and health benefits of going plastic free to minimize the consumption of single-use plastics in our islands.
The Plastic Free Hawaiʻi (PFH) has reached 13,470 individuals with volunteers and docents donating over 200 hours of service to make it happen. PFH school presentations and outreach booths have connected with over 3,300 students at 15 K-12 schools and 4 college campuses. We hosted an additional 19 PFH educational outreach booths at various community and partner events such as local markets and youth surf competitions. We also unveiled the PFH Water Refill Station donated by Klean Kanteen which aims to reduce bottled water sales at community events. We continued our work to ready Oʻahu for the July 1 Plastic Bag Ban, training 170 K-12 students in tote bag giveaway outreach. These and other volunteers have helped to distributed over 11,100 PFH branded reusable tote bags across the island resulting in over 11,100 commitments from our community to bring a reusable bag when shopping. Finally, we coordinated 5 PFH Beach Cleanups with 353 volunteers participating, giving another 700 hours of service, and collecting over 2,755 pounds of debris. Of this, 500 pounds of plastic were given to the Method Ocean Plastic Bottle project for recycling.

Educational Events allow us to share a variety of environmental education initiatives with a broader community audience including parents, educators, and school administrators.
This year nearly a thousand people attended KHF-supported presentations, trainings, workshops, conferences, film screenings, and discussions. Highlights include: Bureo Skateboards School and Community Presentations, Hawaiʻi Environmental Education Symposium, the North Shore Food Summit and Youth Summit, the Hawaiʻi Farm to School Conference, Patagonia Presents Cooking Sustainable Seafood with Kimi Werner, and Let’s Pickle It: Homemade for the Holidays Workshops.