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Happy Earth Month!

April 03, 2018

Happy Earth Month! Earth Day is on April 22 every year, and throughout the month of April, there are an abundance of events where you can celebrate the planet with your friends and family! We also encourage you to do something extra for the Earth this month: from making a commitment to go…

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Winners of the Plastic Free Hawaiʻi School Art Mural Contest

April 03, 2018

 

Every year, we host an art mural contest for school groups in Hawaiʻi to share a vision of a Plastic Free Hawaiʻi using marine debris, plastic or bottle caps. This year’s winner is Kamiloʻiki Elementary School, winning a water refill station for their school to reduce the amount of plastic…

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SHOCKA: The Story of Energy & Hawaiʻi

April 03, 2018

 

Honolulu Theatre for Youth is delighted to launch the third play in their science-based sustainability series exploring topics that are essential to the future of our young people. First they explored the history, culture, and science of local food in GRINDS. Next, they tackled the crucial…

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Hawaiʻi Foam Ban Update

April 03, 2018

 

On Friday, March 16, there was another hearing for SB2498 , which would ban foam foodware from our islands. The widespread support and turnout were an incredible success, with 500 individuals, restaurants, businesses in support and the usual 4-5 business/industry representatives in…

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3Rs School Recycling

April 03, 2018

Interest in school recycling and waste audits grew exponentially in March 2018. We are pleased to welcome Kailua Intermediate, Castle High School, Waialua Elementary and Sacred Hearts Academy to the 3R’s School Recycling Program family. Sacred Hearts Academy is undertaking by far our biggest…

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Hawaiʻi Representation at the 6th International Marine Debris Conference

April 03, 2018

 

The 6th International Marine Debris Conference was held on March 12-16 in San Diego, with over 700 people from over 50 countries in attendance. Hawaiʻi had a large contingent of 28 attendees, ranging from non-profit organizations to students to researchers. Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundationʻs…

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Spring Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Volunteer Training

April 03, 2018

 

Plastic Free Hawaiʻi hosts two volunteer trainings each year, and our Spring training was held on March 24 at the University Laboratory School, with students and community members in attendance. Volunteers learned the intricacies of our local waste stream and received in depth information…

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Youth Advocacy: SEEQS

April 03, 2018

 

Lucy and Abby, two 8th graders at the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS), wanted to do something about plastic straws. They started a project called “Straw Strike: Straws that Suck,” an initiative to get people to stop using plastic straws. They decided to…

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Mahalo ‘ĀINA Docents!

April 03, 2018

 

This month ʻĀINA Nutrition, Garden and Compost Docent Teams made up of parent and community volunteers completed their final docent training of the school year. ʻĀINA Garden Docents are equipped and excited to wrap up their spring garden units that include the Grade K Tops and Bottoms…

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3rd Annual We Grow Hawaiʻi Conference

April 03, 2018

 

The 3rd Annual We Grow Hawaiʻi student-led school garden conference brought together students, parents, educators, musicians and community partners to celebrate school gardens across Oʻahu through the voice of students! Students worked in teams to prepare a healthy brunch using garden and…

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Ag Day at the Capitol

April 03, 2018

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 at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Vendors displayed their wares from local hot sauces to māmaki tea…

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Hawaiʻi Businesses Switch from Plastic to Paper Straws

April 03, 2018

 

Moku Kitchen in Kakaʻako joins the many businesses that are switching from plastic to paper straws. The Republik also made the switch in February. Two Hawaiʻi hotels, The Modern Honolulu and the Hilton Waikoloa Village have also gone plastic straw free, which was recently featured in the…

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