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2019-20 Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Mid-Year Report

January 06, 2020

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 2019-2020 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. 70 educators from 38 schools and educational organizations across Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island were trained this semester to implement the ʻĀINA garden, composting, and nutrition curricula with hundreds of students across the state. We are thankful for our Department of Education partners who have made this possible. 144 volunteer Nutrition Docents and 11 teachers led 436 nutrition lessons, reaching 2,536 students, while 10 teachers 271 garden and compost docents delivered 976 garden and compost lessons to 5,409 students. These docents also shared their time attending docent trainings and caring for the school gardens. 120 students participated in weekly garden clubs.

3 partner chefs provided 26 classroom ʻĀINA Chef Visits to 3 schools this semester with 1,016 students making healthy, kid-friendly recipes with local and school garden-sourced ingredients. ‘ĀINA Schools provided 58 ‘ĀINA-themed educational outreach events including healthy snacks, wellness nights, farmers’ markets, CSAs, and other ʻĀINA-themed fundraising. 463 family, school staff, and community members volunteered at 17 Garden Parties. 55  teachers, ʻĀINA docents, and parents attended our Farm to School Field Trip for Educators, visiting Waikīkī School & Food Farm and the Farrington High School FFA Program and Kuhiawaho Loʻi.

Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation Project Grants support teachers in advancing their environmental education and stewardship goals on campus.

3,052 students from 25 schools are participating in environmental projects supported by KHF Project Grants. Projects focus on school gardens, farming for local families and communities, nutrition lessons, waste reduction, vermicomposting and STEM projects focusing on sustainability while incorporating cultural practices.

Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation Field Trip Grants help bring students to outdoor sites where they can experience hands-on learning about Hawai‘i’s environment.

This semester Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation granted field trip support to 5,214 students from 68 schools. As part of Farm to School Month, 1,647 students from 12 schools visited local farms including Kahuku Farms, Kahumana Organic Farm, MAʻO Organic Farms, Mari’s Gardens, Mokihana Farm, 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 92 schools with their on-campus recycling, waste auditing, and composting solutions. KHF continues to work closely with the Hawaiʻi Department of Education, as community partner executing baseline lunch waste audits at 9 of the 15 Kauaʻi public schools for the rollout of the ʻAina Pono menus - islandwide. Additionally, KHF hosted 7 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 110 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 5,000 pounds of Marine Debris were removed during 8 PFH beach cleanups with the help of 575 volunteers. Over 1,000 pounds of this debris was recycled with the Parley for the Oceans project to be recycled.

19 PFH Educational Presentations were made to 2,300 students and community members on Oʻahu. This included assemblies with North Shore students as part of the #PlasticFreeWave “artivism” project with Ethan Estess, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi , Bureo, World Surf League, and other partners.

PFH Water Refill Stations were offered at 37 events. In total, our water refill stations reduced the use of 70,000 single-use plastic water bottles. The PFH Reusable Cup Program prevented over 15,000 single-use plastic cups from entering the waste stream by lending, donating, and selling 11,440 cups to businesses, communities and schools (since February).

PFH tabled at 38 Outreach Events on Oʻahu. Participants at these outreach events totaled 10,000 people in attendance. This included outreach tabling at the 2019 Pipemasters Surf Competition as well as 14 days of Pop-Up Shop Outreach.

Currently, 11 local businesses sell our Plastic Free Hawaiʻi merchandise, helping to raise funds for the program while reaching a diverse audience of consumers. We also had our PFH Pop-Up Shop in Haleʻiwa for 14 days during November and December.

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 at Schools of the Future Conference, and the Hawaiʻi Agriculture Conference and KHF sponsored the Hawaiʻi Environmental Education Symposium. In a series of Simplify the Holidays Workshops with partners Bliss Healthy Foods, Stacey G Jewelry, and the Art Explorium, over 200 participants were empowered to create handmade gifts for a greener holiday season. We reach over 33,000 supporters though our newsletters and 52,000 more on social media.

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