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  • School Sustainability Projects
    year to grow plants to be outplanted at the learning sites You can read about our School Nursery Stewards on our Meet Our Staff page Here s an update from a recent visit to Pālehua with Kapolei High School students written by Chelsey Jay our Education and Community Partnerships Coordinator Strengthening a student s relationship and connection with his or her place will always be relevant in a continuously changing environment and society This is the goal of our Honouliuli Ahupua a Project where students are actively gaining more knowledge about Honouliuli through hands on learning experiences within their ahupua a Students in the Ho ōla Leadership Academy at Kapolei High School spent a day at Pālehua with Anu and Maka Anuheali i of the Friends of Honouliuli learning about the natural and cultural significance of this place and participated in mālama āina activities removing California grass transplanting natives propagating ilima papa cuttings and also creating a unique pōhaku structure in the nursery area Students left with a deeper understanding of who they are and where they come from knowing that they made a positive impact in their community We re excited to continue our learning journey with more huaka i field trips scheduled this school year Mahalo to the NOAA Bay Watershed and Education Training BWET program for funding this project as well as to our project partners for supporting our efforts to engage students in meaningful educational experiences Here s a video of students from the Youth Challenge Academy in Kalaeloa as they visited Kauhale Preserve Youth Challenge Academy Service Project at Kauhale Preserve from Malama Learning Center on Vimeo 2013 2014 Projects The Ahupuaʻa of Honouliuli A Living Classroom for Natural and Cultural Restoration Thanks to funding support from the NOAA B WET program and Pacific Links Hawai i Foundation we started a new program that will study the ahupua a of Honouliuli where much of our work is located Honouliuli is the largest ahupuaʻa a traditional land division on the island of Oʻahu In the fall of 2013 we began work with with three schools Kapolei High Nānākuli High Intermediate and Hale O Ulu Alternative Learning School and three teachers to deliver the program covering major topics on ecosystem resilience and restoration climate change natural and cultural history of the Honouliuli ahupuaʻa threats to healthy systems plant propagation using the nurseries we helped build in previous years and outplanting Students were asked to investigate problems and issues using skills such as scientific inquiry data collection observation hands on activities critical thinking and problem solving Students worked at three outdoor learning sites Piliokahe Beach managed by the City County of Honolulu and Mālama Learning Center Palehua dry forest area managed by Gill Olson Joint Venture Kauhale Preserve managed by Hoakalei Cultural Foundation The overarching goal of this project is to increase natural and cultural knowledge of students and teach them skills useful in green jobs leading to self and community pride through providing students with meaningful place

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/school-sustainability-projects (2015-11-03)
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  • Site Restoration Projects
    the City Department of Parks and Recreation and Nānākuli Ma ili Neighborhood Board funding from Hawaiian Electric Company and the many hands of volunteers Piliokahe Progress From Winter 2014 On Saturday November 8th Bank of Hawai i BOH joined forces with the Malama Learning Center to host a workday event for BOH Blue Team employees and their family members at Piliokahe Beach Park located along the beautiful Leeward coast of O ahu A total of about 40 BOH volunteers came together to remove trash from this stretch of coastline outplant native Hawaiian plants and remove invasive species to make room for native growth It was a productive and enjoyable day of hard work where we were all able to strengthen our connections to each other and the aina We would like to give a big shout out to BOH associates Cody Walker Lauren Shigemasa Mike Newalu Nainoa Fiddler Chelsea Penfield and Jonathan Vasquez for their extraordinary efforts to ensure a meaningful workday experience for their team Mahalo nui loa to Bank of Hawai i and their awesome employees From Winter 2013 Efforts on our Piliokahe Restoration Project at Tracks Beach Park in Nānākuli continue Each month volunteers from the community and various groups come out to clean the beach of litter and marine debris and help to transform our little area with native plants such as pōhinahina ʻakia paʻū o Hiʻiaka and kawelu grass These tough plants have survived their first summer and are happily drinking up the winter rains The winter is the perfect time for planting The weather is not so drastically hot and the sweet rain helps the new plants thrive in their new home Mahalo to the students from Nānākuli s NEST led by teachers Jewelynn Kirkland and Terra Wight who have been carefully raising plants throughout the year for Piliokahe Mahalo to the Go Green Club from Kapolei High School who joined us at our January workday They rebuilt a section of our site that had been vandalized and replanted it better than before From Spring 2012 Over the last few months we have been busy working at our Piliokahe Restoration and Beautification Project at Piliokahe Tracks Beach Park Since the start of the project in August 2011 we have had 167 volunteers come out to clear invasive non native plants spread mulch that the city has so generously delivered for us pick up litter and marine debris and plant native species Thank you to groups from Papahana Kuaola Kapolei High Schoolʻs Go Green Club and National Honor Society and everyone who came out for your hard work Students from Leihoku Elementary are pictured below From November to January we removed over 10 000 pieces of trash Everyone was shocked at the staggering amount of trash collected We found various items including broken toys large amounts of plastic including plastic bags and food containers glass and clothing We even found a few tires and a copy machine Students were able to see first hand the

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/site-restoration-projects (2015-11-03)
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  • School & Community Gardens
    Kaululauaʻe to perform in front of their admiring parents and guests of the ceremony Mikiala kindly gave the name for this new garden Hoʻolana which means to cause to float or be hopeful to encourage and lighten grief Hoʻolana is also used when launching something or righting a canoe a perfect name for our garden Another highlight of the event was the unveiling of our mural that was created during the Art Aquaponics Symposium in 2014 The collaborative mural designed by Waiʻanae born artist Solomon Enos and painted by more than 60 people was assembled framed and erected by KHS senior Tehani Peterson who was assisted by her instructors in the Industrial Technology course The hard work behind transitioning a field of weeds into a well planned garden was done largely by KHS students in the Go Green club led by advisors Jeremy Soriano and Chelsey Jay of the Mālama Learning Center Hoʻolana is still a work in progress ready for more helping hands which will make it a thriving outdoor classroom Many thanks to the following people and organizations for supporting the creation of Hoʻolana and the mural They include ʻIliahi Foundation Nā Lei Aloha Foundation Nā Mea Hawaiʻi Solomon Enos Tehani Peterson Kevin Rice Mr Heresa Martha Richards Mikiala Kanekoa Hālau ʻO Kaululauaʻe Kapolei High School and Go Green Club Go to Community Events to learn more about Art Aquaponics Symposium and the creation of the mural Mālaola a Hawaiian Cultural Garden Fall 2015 After nearly a year from opening the garden it is starting to flourish thanks to many helping hands Here are a few pictures from our most recent volunteer work trips You can see more from our blog On November 2 2014 a new garden was born Mālaola living garden broke ground on a misty

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/kunia-hawaiian-cultural-garden (2015-11-03)
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  • 'O'opu Hi'u Kole
    to flip the molds after the concrete had dried With some touch ups and a coating of protective paint each sculpture was then carefully planted on campus The fish were placed facing the direction of the library where the bronze sculpture of three o opu climbing a waterfall are depicted Here are photos of the process in action Last three photos are courtesy of Bud Muth About the O opu Hi u Kole Project Mālama Learning Center has been a proud supporter of the O opu hi u kole project at Kapolei High School since the concept to produce the artwork was initiated several years ago As part of the Art in Public Places Artists in Residence Program APP AIR the O opu hi u kole project was guided by Jon Johnson of the Hawai i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts HFSCA Kapolei High School s past and current principals Al Nagasako and Elden Esmeralda respectively and artist Kazu Kauinana Kazu Kauinana a native Hawaiian artist was born in 1947 and raised in Kaimuki He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawai i at Manoa and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder He traveled and worked extensively abroad and returned home in 1991 Kauinana was inspired by the o opu hi u kole scientific name Lentipes concolor as the subject for his artwork because the endemic fish possesses many character traits such as adaptability and determination that parallel qualities students must have to achieve and succeed in their education Hear Kazu tell his story by watching this video The endemic o opu hi u kole is unique evolved adaptable and tenacious These are the same qualities we hope to instill in our students The o opu

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/fish-sculptures (2015-11-03)
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  • On the Horizon
    Newsletter Thank you Please check your email and confirm the newsletter subscription Email Address It seems that you have already subscribed to this list Click here to update your profile First Name Last Name Subscribe Follow us On the Horizon Future Programs Greening of Schools is a concept that is taking root in Hawai i with schools seeking to create gardens provide more locally grown food and reduce waste while

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/on-the-horizon (2015-11-03)
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  • HGCI Fall 2015 Session: Look to the Limu
    i Green Collar Institute HGCI Fall 2015 Session Look to the Limu Hawai i Green Collar Institute Look to the Limu Program Keawanui Fishpond Moloka i October 4th 6th 2015 We ran our first ever HGCI session on the beautiful island of Moloka i based at Keawanui Fishpond and it was truly unforgettable Our 3 day workshop combined both teachers and students representing 3 different islands O ahu Lāna i and Moloka i making it a very unique learning experience for all Throughout the 3 days program participants were immersed in a variety of activities which included a hike in the Ka amola ahupua a to view and learn about the watershed and fishpond from a mauka perspective we explored the Keawanui fishpond from within discussing native and invasive limu fish production and key features of the wall and heard from respected community leaders such as Stephanie Dunbar uncle Mac Poepoe uncle Walter Ritte and aunty Penny Martin regarding topics of aloha āina We also took an impromptu trip to Hālawa valley and learned about some of the legendary mo olelo of Moloka i This workshop was inspired and is dedicated to the late Uncle Henry Chang Wo who so

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/hawaii-green-collar-institute/129-hgci-fall-2015-session-look-to-the-limu (2015-11-03)
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  • HGCI PD Course: Being Good Neighbors - the Hawaiian Monk Seal Story
    the Hawaiian Monk Seal Story This class is now in session and registration is closed We are excited to offer a new course just for teachers to explore the Hawaiian marine environment This course will give K 12 teachers the opportunity to learn first hand from scientists and resource managers working with the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and other marine creatures about problems and issues being studied and solutions in which their students could be engaged Teachers will become familiar with many resources available to them to design STEAM Science Technology Engineering Art and Math lessons that will match their course objectives that are aligned with Common Core State Standards Next Generation Science Standards and General Learner Outcomes The course will be based at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association NOAA Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor and will include a tour of its facilities and programs This state of the art center is available for tours to schools providing students with opportunities to pursue follow up field trips volunteer programs and internships that will prepare them for college and career readiness The dates of the course are Monday June 22 2015 8 00 am 4 30

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/hawaii-green-collar-institute/124-hgci-pd-course-being-good-neighbors-the-hawaiian-monk-seal-story (2015-11-03)
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  • HGCI PD Course for Teachers on Exploring the Mālama ʻĀina Field School
    confirm the newsletter subscription Email Address It seems that you have already subscribed to this list Click here to update your profile First Name Last Name Subscribe Follow us Hawai i Green Collar Institute HGCI PD Course for Teachers on Exploring the Mālama ʻĀina Field School This course is now in session Registration is closed Leeward Oʻahu teachers we have an exciting and new professional development opportunity for you This course will explore the techniques and strategies behind the Mālama ʻĀina Field School Field School at Nānākuli a program we have been coordinating for the past two years The curriculum spanning mauka to makai engages students in team based hands on activities that inspire investigation and learning as well as self and community pride It also integrates real world learning as students visit sites both in their communities and outside guided by environmental and cultural professionals Thanks to our partnership with the Hawai i State Teachers Association you can earn 3 PD credits by completing the full requirements of the course for only 40 The dates are March 28 and July 17 plus two dates in June and July of your choice during the Field School The program fee is

    Original URL path: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org/index.php/programs/hawaii-green-collar-institute/121-hgci-pd-course-for-teachers-on-exploring-the-malama-aina-field-school (2015-11-03)
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