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Teachers from Hawai’i public schools can apply for Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Project Grants to help advance their environmental education goals. Previous grantees have used KHF funds for garden supplies, eco-footprint workshops, vermicompost trainings, and more. One school has raised enough worms to start a commercial-scale vermicomposting bin for their campus food waste!

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Mahiʻai Kalo Presentation

Kamiloʻiki Elementary School, Oʻahu

Each year the 4th graders of Kamiloʻiki Elementary School participate in a farmer visit with Lyndsey Haraguchi-Nakayama of Hanalei Taro Farm and Hoʻopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill & Taro Farm. Aunty Lyn travels from Kaua'i to teach the students about the growth and cultivation of taro. They watch as Aunty Lyn harvests and plants new kalo in their school garden, then get to practice peeling the taro and pounding it into paʻiʻai. Aunty Lyn also educates the students on the obstacles that kalo farmers face, and the importance of perseverance. Teacher Stacie Sato-Sugimotosays, “it is such a hands-on experience with kalo and something not all kids get to experience,” and would recommend this in-school field trip.