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2014 Earth and Ocean Festival
Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island
April 12, 2014

The Seventh Annual School Learning Garden Symposium
Waimea, Hawai‘i Island
June 7, 2014

ʻĀINA In Schools Garden & Nutrition Curriculum Training
Waimea, Hawai‘i Island
June 8, 2014

Kū ‘Āina Pā Summer Intensive
Waimea, Hawai‘i Island
June 9-11, 2014

Waimea School Garden Tours
Waimea, Hawai‘i Island
June 12, 2014

Natural Farming Certification Course
Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island
June 17-21, 2014

Recent News

The Honaunau School garden, run by Melissa Chivers and Jessica Sobocinski, is more than just a place where flowers and vegetables grow; it is a living classroom where students and teachers can observe, interact with, and learn about the natural world that is responsible for supporting human existence on this planet.

Almost two years since it was completed, The Kohala Center’s Health Impact Assessment on Hawaii County’s Agriculture Plan has garnered national attention and helped produce meaningful effects on the local food system.

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Annual Student Congress on Sustainability

The three-day Student Congress on Sustainability is an annual event hosted by HPA and The Kohala Center. All Hawai‘i Island public, private, and charter high-schools are encouraged to send student and faculty delegates to participate. The Student Congress on Sustainability provides students with an opportunity to build awareness and to collaborate on student-driven environmental initiatives.

The Student Congress on Sustainability 2009 was held at the upper campus of Hawai‘i Prepatory Academy on June 11-14. The second annual congress featured speakers, workshops, a full-day excursion, and time for students to discuss and exchange ideas. Speakers included Captain Charles Moore, founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation; Henk Rogers, founder of Blue Planet Foundation; and Dr. William Steiner, dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Workshops featured topics in agriculture, compostable products, reefs and oceans, hydrogen cells, electric cars, biofuels, and energy audits. Delegates also participated in an excursion to diverse island farms featuring aquaponics and hydroponics.

To participate, students may contact their principals, or HPA's Congress Chair Karen Yamasato at 808-895-1106
(e-mail, fax 881-4071). 

For more information, contact Samantha Birch at 808-443-2755 or

Student Congress on Sustainability Newsletter
August 2009
October 2009