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Kohala Center Sponsors Garden Tours, Lunches

April 9, 2012
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Kohala Center Sponsors Garden Tours, Lunches

Kohala Center is sponsoring a series of tours in the next three weeks featuring 15 school and community gardens.  Kohala Center provides partial funding and support for 63 community gardens around the island.  The staff at Kohala Center says the gardens are outdoor learning labs that can enhance the lives of children and adults involved in the gardens. Every school garden is unique.  One example is the Hualalai Academy garden.  Dan Sabo created the school garden for Hualalai Academy in 1996.  A third grade teacher at the private K through 12 school in Kona, Sabo…

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School Garden Tours Coming Up in April

March 21, 2012
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School Garden Tours Coming Up in April

From Kohala Center: School gardens around Hawai‘i Island are in full bloom, and students and teachers at several school gardens are opening their gates for tours and tastings in April.   On these tours, the public can enjoy produce grown and prepared by the students, teachers, and volunteers, and see how food self-reliance is growing in our communities. The tours will be April 14, 21, and 28, and are hosted by The Kohala Center, a local non-profit with an emphasis on education, environment, and empowerment. Lunch is offered on some of the tours.   The…

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New Study Says More Local Food Can Help in Lots of Ways

March 15, 2012
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Expanding production and access to locally grown food in Hawai‘i County could decrease hunger, increase community food security, and strengthen the island’s economy according to a report released by The Kohala Center. The report is a health impact assessment (HIA), which helps to identify and address the health effects of a proposed project or policy.  It was prepared  in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Hawai‘i.  Findings of this HIA of the 2010 Hawai‘i County Agriculture Development Plan underscore the importance of greater island food self-reliance in…

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Kona Farmers Make Video About Coffee Berry Borer

February 26, 2012
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Kona Farmers Make Video About Coffee Berry Borer

A new  video about Integrated Beetle Management is available online to help farmers manage the coffee berry borer beetle (CBB). The beetle has spread at an alarming rate through Kona, threatening the survival of Hawaii’s premier specialty crop.   “With some Kona coffee farmers still discovering the beetle infestation and others reporting a total crop loss, information is needed to saturate the community immediately,” said Suzanne Shriner, Kona coffee farmer and member of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association. “In a region such as Kona, where 700 farms are in close proximity, the beetle crosses farm…

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Waimea Middle Board Sets Thursday Public Meeting

February 15, 2012
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The Board Chair of Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School, Keith Vieria, has set a community meeting to discuss the departure of principal John Colson for Thursday, February 16 at Thelma Parker Memorial Gym in Waimea from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Colson abruptly left his position after being called to  a Friday, February 2 meeting with representatives of the school’s governing board  in Honolulu.    Just a week prior, Colson had received his evaluation from the Board, and was given 4.8 points out of a possible 5. The following Tuesday, Board President and Interim Principal…

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Kohala Center To Establish Learning Center at Kahalu’u Beach Park

December 4, 2011
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The Kohala Center has entered into a 10-year contract with the County of Hawai‘i to establish a learning center—the Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center—at Kahalu‘u Beach Park. The Bay Education Center offers a unique visitor education experience—one that teaches respect and reverence for the natural and cultural resources of Kahalu‘u Bay. The Bay Education Center represents a new model of collaboration between the County and a nonprofit, The Kohala Center. The two entities will work together to enhance the natural environment of Kahalu‘u Bay through educational, public outreach, and research efforts. “Kahalu‘u Beach Park can and…

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Help Needed for Kahalu’u Beach Cleanup Thursday

March 15, 2011
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Friends of The Kohala Center, ReefTeachers, and the public are invited to help the County of Hawai’i clean up tsunami damage at Kahalu’u Beach Park and pavilion starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 17.  The plan is to begin preparation work to paint the pavilion, which got a lot of salt water. The County will provide most supplies. Bring gloves and ladders, if you have them.  Breakfast, lunch, and drinks will be provided to volunteers. Kohala Center is coordinating finding helpers. Please contact Caroline, 345-0238, or Cindi, 895-1010, if you can help. Or just show…

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Kohala Center Seeks Nonprofits for CFL Exchange

January 17, 2011
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Oahu’s Blue Planet Foundation is working with Waimea’s Kohala Center Seeking 20  community or school groups anywhere on the island to help Exchange incandescent light bulbs for energy saving compact fluorescent Light bulbs.   The organizations sponsored a similar program last year. Caroline Neary from Kohala Center said it was so successful, both in Exchanging the bulbs and for the nonprofits as a way to raise money, Blue Planet Foundation has continued the program. Blue Planet Foundation will pay the nonprofits 40 cents for each light Bulb they exchange, up to 1,000.   The program goes through…

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Abercrombie Names Kokubun to Head of Agriculture Department

December 4, 2010
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Governor Elect Neil Abercrombie today named five Directors and two Deputy Directors for his administration.   Hawaii Island State Senator Russell Kokubun (D-Hilo) will head the Department of Agriculture, with Jimmy Nakatani as Agriculture Deputy Director.  Nakatani was president of Hawaii Farm Bureau and was director of the State Agriculture Department from 1995 to 2003.   Kokubun has been State Senator since 2000, after serving on Hawaii County Council. Once the State Senate approves the appointments, Abercrombie will need to appoint a new State Senator from Hilo. In other appointments, Abercrombie named Bruce Coppa as Director of…

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