Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Cultural and Environmental Education in Hawaii
1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-1754
Phone: (808) 839-5334; Fax (808) 839-3658
Award Winning Project for 2006-2007
Project Aloha Aina
In 2006, this small but innovative school launched Project Aloha Aina, a sustainability project involving the entire student body of 125 students aged 3 to 12, 21 faculty and administrators, and students’ families. Collectively they made a commitment to malama their school, their island home and the planet.
The first phase was to create an outdoor garden environment using 85 to 90 percent of native Hawaiian plants in the landscape. The area is being used as an outdoor classroom where students are taught how to protect and preserve our aina and to care for planet Earth. They also learn the importance of being good stewards while also learning cultural stewardship practices through hands-on experiences.
In 2007, phase two of Project Aloha Aina began, this time focusing on recycling. Through their recycle, reduce and reuse program, the students of Kawaiahao Church School collected recyclable materials starting first at home, then branching out into our communities and businesses. As part of this program, keiki spread the message of Aloha Aina and reinforced the importance of recycling. They even built large recycle receptacles to store ink cartridges, plastics and cans.
Additionally, students use the school newsletter to provide “green” tips for families on how to help our planet.
To promote environmental awareness and harmful use of chemicals, Kawaiahao’s Elementary Class developed their own environmentally-friendly, non toxic cleaning products with the help of parents and teachers. Their first product, an all-purpose cleaner using natural ingredients, will be marketed to the Kawaiahao ohana. The students also designed their own labeling and packaging for the product.
The final phase of the project was started in November 2007. Kawaiahao’s keiki sold 1,500 reusable grocery bags in our communities. This program was so successful that another 1,500 bags were purchased to sell as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale of the bags will be used to drill and construct a water well in Niger, Africa to provide clean water for the people in Azawak, one of the poorest regions in the county. In this area, 500,000 men, women and children live without rain and water for nine months out of a year.
Award Winning Project for 2005-2006
Kilohana Elementary School
Mauka to Makai Project
During the 2005-2006 school year, the entire 98 member student body in grades K-6 at Kilohana Elementary School, located on the eastern end of Molokai, participated in science-based research projects on different aspects of soil erosion and conservation. Each grade came up with a thesis question and experiment, collected data and formed the results which the school presented as a culminating activity in a Community Family Night complete with a soil expert as a guest speaker. Each grade level had a display of their work, and representatives who stood by in support of the displays to answer questions from attendees. All participants in the Community Family Night came away with a greater appreciation for the causes of, and possible solutions to, soil erosion, a big problem on the island of Molokai.
In addition, Shona Pineda, a fourth grade teacher at Kilohana Elementary, was honored by Moanalua Gardens Foundation with the Pookela Award. The Moanalua Gardens Foundation's Pookela Award honors a Partners in Education Program teacher for outstanding commitment to educating their students about Hawaii's culture and environment. Both awards were presented at Moanalua Gardens Foundation's Annual Meeting in March of 2007.
Award Winning Project for 2002-2003
Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School
Malama Aina - Malama Kai
During the fall of 2001, Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau (a K-12 Hawaiian language immersion charter school now located at Camp Kokokahi in Kaneohe) decided to adopt and care for the sacred wahi pana, Alala Point (also known as Lanikai Point). The project began as and continues to be a partnership with the inmates of the Women's Community Correctional Center, who did the initial clearing and continue to maintain the site through weed whacking twice a month.
The school secured a grant from the Kailua Bay Advisory Council to fund transporation to the site on a weekly basis, tools, signage, and other supplies needed for the project. The school formalized an adopt-a-park agreement with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. The school began work on clearing invasive alien species and replaced them with native plants such as aweoweo, pohinahina, naio, ilima papa, maia pilo, mao, ohai, milo, kou, ihi molokini, and kului.
The school installed a drip irrigation system, conducted a controlled scientific experiment to assess weed control, created engraved natural rock signs, hosted a second grade class from Lanikai Elementary for a tour of three student learning stations, created a photo exhibit with interpretive essays, produced video interviews and project coverage for "Navigating Change" (produced collaboratively with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, U.S. Fish & wildlife Service, and other agencies), and nearshore marine studies and learning trips to Popoia Island. The school has received positive feedback from the nearby communities as well as overseas visitors to Oahu.
Molokai High and Intermediate Environmental Club was the runner up for 2002-2003. The school received a $250 cash award and a certificate of achievement for eradicating invasive introduced plants on Molokai and raising native Hawaiian plants.
2002: Hawaii Needs Care Award
Representatives from the Na Imi Wai Program received their award at MGF's annual meeting held March 16, 2002. Johnathan Deenik, Na Imi Wai program coordinator is second from left.
Na Imi Wai is a culturally based after school environmental education program involving 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from Makaha Elementary School. The program is designed to teach students about water in their community and ahupuaa.
Through a partnership with the Board of Water Supply, students monitor rainfall and stream water quality in the back of Makaha Valley. The data is being used as baseline data in a stream flow monitoring project developed jointly by a community group, Mohala i ka Wai, and the Board of Water Supply. Students from the Hawaiian Studies Center at Waianae High School act as mentors to the elementary students. Na Imi Wai has created an award-winning video about their project that airs on Olelo TV.
Partners in the program include Hoa Aina O Makaha, Makaha Elementary School, Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center, Kaala Farm, Waianae High School Hawaiian Studies Program, the Board of Water Supply, and Olelo Television Corporation.
1999: Pearl City Highlands Elementary School
1998: Kualapuu School
1997: Pearl City Highlands School
1996: Aikahi Elementary School
1995: Kau High and Pahala Elementary
1994: Heeia Elementary School
1993: Kapalama Elementary School
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