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2018-19 Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Mid-Year Report

January 07, 2019

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 2018-2019 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 23 Oʻahu elementary schools that have implemented the ʻĀINA In Schools program. 84 educators from 46 schools and educational organizations across Oʻahu were trained this semester to implement the ʻĀINA garden, composting, and nutrition curricula with hundreds of students across the state. 120 Nutrition Docents led 472 nutrition lessons, reaching 2,532 students, while 16 teachers and 253 garden and compost docents delivered 980 garden and compost lessons to 5,427 students. These docents also shared their time attending docent trainings and caring for the school gardens. 88 students participated in weekly garden clubs.

9 partner chefs provided 46 classroom ʻĀINA Chef Visits to 7 schools this semester with 1,007 students making healthy, kid-friendly recipes with local and school garden-sourced ingredients. 3 local farmers provided  8 Classroom Visits to 222 students at 3 schools. 143 students from 3 ʻĀINA schools engaged in kuʻi ʻai demonstrations. ‘ĀINA Schools provided 24 ‘ĀINA-themed educational outreach events including healthy snacks, cooking workshops, wellness nights, farmers’ markets, CSAs, and other ʻĀINA-themed fundraising. 659 family, school staff, and community members volunteered at 12 Garden Parties. 46 teachers, ʻĀINA docents, and parents attended our Farm to School Field Trip for Educators, visiting Waikīkī School & Food Farm.

ʻĀINA In Schools partnered with Department of Education, Food Corps Hawaiʻi, and Sustʻāinable Molokai to provide hands-on professional development ʻĀINA Curriculum Trainings to 84 educators from 46 schools across Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, and Molokaʻi Schools.
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 in and out of the classroom.

4,492 students from 46 schools are participating in environmental projects supported by KHF Mini-Grants. Projects focus on school gardens, farming for local families and communities, hydroponics and aquaponics, vermicomposting, plastic-free campuses, nutrition lessons, waste reduction, and STEM projects focusing on sustainability and ocean health. 

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.
This semester Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation granted field trip support to 7,273 students from 71 schools. As part of Farm to School Month, 2,064 students from 14 schools visited local farms including Kahuku Farms, Kahumana Organic Farm, MAʻO Organic Farms, Mari’s Gardens, Nā Mea Kūpono, Sweet Land Farm, Waiāhole Nursery & Garden Center, and Waihuena Farm.
3R’s School Recycling Program empowers students to engage and educate their school community about the 3R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle.
KHF currently supports 75 schools with their on-campus recycling, waste auditing, and composting solutions. We are ramping up the 3R’s School Recycling Program island-wide with more recycling supplies and educational resources for schools than ever before. KHF continues to work closely with the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. Additionally, KHF hosted 8 Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drives this semester where nearly 80,000 pounds of metals, electronics, beverage containers, paper, batteries, household items, and oil were collected and diverted from the waste stream. More than 130 student and teacher volunteers supported the drives, with proceeds from the sale of select recycled materials going directly to the host schools.
Plastic Free Hawai‘i seeks to minimize single-use plastics by educating and empowering schools, businesses & community members across Hawaiʻi.
Over 7,400 pounds of marine debris were removed during PFH beach cleanups with the help of 400 volunteers. Over 1,000 pounds of this debris was recycled with the Parley for the Oceans project to be recycled.

PFH educational presentations were made to 2,500 students and community members on Oʻahu. This included assemblies and field trips with North Shore students as part of the #PlasticFreeWave “artivism” project with Ethan Estess, World Surf League, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi and other partners. We also hosted our first-ever Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Youth Summit, with 100 youth participating in the 2-day event. PFH offered educational outreach at 15 community events, reaching 5,280 people.

PFH Water Refill Stations were offered at 14 events. In total, our water refill stations reduced the use of 65,400 single-use plastic water bottles. At the Jack Johnson and Eagles concert at Aloha Stadium, we supported the launch of r.cup in Hawaiʻi, preventing 20,000 single-use plastic cups from entering the wastestream.

We work with 19 local businesses to retail our Plastic Free Hawaiʻi merchandise, helping to raise funds for the program while reaching a diverse audience of consumers.

Educational Events allow us to share a variety of environmental education initiatives with a broader community audience including parents, educators, and school administrators.
This semester hundreds attended KHF-supported presentations and workshops, sponsored the Hawaiʻi Environmental Education Symposium and presented at it as well as the Schools of the Future Conference. We also helped to green the National Sustainable Agriculture Education Conference, supporting composting of food waste and using reusable service ware. In a series of Simplify the Holidays Workshops with partners Bliss Healthy Foods and the Art Explorium, over 200 participants were empowered to create handmade gifts for a greener holiday season. We reach over 20,000 supporters though our newsletters and 48,000 more on social media.