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Welcome Back to School

August 02, 2018


Hawaiʻi keiki begin returning to school this week and we wish all a great start to the school year! To inspire these keiki to be environmental stewards, Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation offers a variety of programs and grants to Hawai‘i schools:

  • ‘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. In addition to encouraging the use of locally grown fruits and vegetables in school meals and snacks, the program includes standards-based nutrition, garden, and compost curricula for grades K-6 that empower children to grow their own food, make informed food decisions, and reduce waste. ‘ĀINA In Schools also provides field trips to local farms, in-class chef cooking demonstrations, as well as waste reduction, garden trainings and events, and cooking for families and community members. ‘ĀINA Curriculum Trainings are available on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i Island this year. For details and to register, go to
  • 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. Preference is given to Hawai‘i public schools which otherwise could not participate in environmental field trips. Applications are being accepted now through March 1, 2019 for funding up to $1,000 per school.
  • Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation Mini-Grants fund projects and teachers from Hawai‘i schools to assist in advancing their environmental goals in the classroom and pursuing stewardship endeavors. The program offers assistance to schools which otherwise could not purchase items or services needed to reach their goals. Applications are being accepted now through March 1, 2019 for funding up to $200 per teacher or $1,000 per school.
  • Plastic Free Hawai‘i provides resources, tools, and trainings to educate schools, business partners, and community members about the environmental and health benefits of going plastic free to minimize single-use plastics in our islands. The program supports communities and schools in coordinating beach cleanups, film screenings, and other events to promote a Plastic Free Hawai‘i. Our Plastic Free Youth Summit for grades 6-12 students will be held on August 25 and 26. For details and to register, go to The next Plastic Free Hawai‘i Beach Cleanup will be on September 15 in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day.
  • 3R’s School Recycling Program empowers students to engage and educate their school community about the 3R’s (reduce-reuse-recycle). The program provides educational resources, trainings and materials to support on-campus recycling efforts and hostsAloha ‘Āina Recycling Drives at select 3R’s participating schools across O‘ahu, with host schools receiving proceeds from recycled material. Contact [email protected] now if you are an O‘ahu school and interested in scheduling a recycling drive or need classroom recycling bins.

Check out some of our most downloaded resources, including Green Grants for Schools, Green Fundraising Ideas for Schools, Healthy Snacks & Waste-Free Classroom Celebrations, and Healthy & Waste-Free Lunches. If you would like to learn more about Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation’s programs, grant application process and resources for educators, please visit