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Caring for Hawai‘i, One Animal at at Time
Caring for Hawai‘i, One Animal at at Time Working as a veterinarian for the state is a demanding and multifaceted job, but CTAHR folks are up to it.
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A Dog’s Best Friend
A Dog’s Best Friend “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Loriena Yancura quoted Charlie Brown creator Charles M. Schulz on one of the many benefits of interacting with pets in the syllabus of her class “Going to the Dogs: Companion Animals in Social Science, Medicine, and Humanities.” This innovative Honors course drew students with multiple disciplinary interests to explore myriad aspects of the
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Breeding Success
Breeding Success Mealani Research Station on the Big Island is the perfect living lab for researching cattle production in the tropics and subtropics.
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Eat (Very) Local
Eat (Very) Local David Fuertes understands two things that bring a community together: meaningful work and food. The nonprofit Kahua Pa‘a Mua, Inc. (KPM), of which he is executive director, works to strengthen his North Kohala community through these, offering educational and cultural programs for youth and adults based on growing food and caring for the land. After earning his undergraduate degree
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A Change for the Better
A Change for the Better It’s been said that we don’t inherit the land from our parents; we borrow it from our children.
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Greening Agriculture
Greening Agriculture When we think of the biggest culprits in pollution and climate change, we may envision cars and factory smokestacks spewing exhaust, not green fields and healthy plants.
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Pacific Change
Pacific Change The Pacific islands contribute less that 0.03% of global greenhouse gas emissions, yet they suffer some of the greatest threats of climate change. This point was made at the Hawai‘i Extension Climate Forum organized by CTAHR’s Cooperative Extension Service and bringing together other university and community partners.
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Human Poop: An Unexpected Ally in the Fight Against Climate Change
Human Poop: An Unexpected Ally in the Fight Against Climate Change Whether you call it night soil or humanure, human feces, when released to the environment, can cause severe problems to human health.
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4-H, for Hawai‘i
4-H, for Hawai‘i “It’s not just livestock,” State 4-H coordinator Jeff Goodwin emphasizes, for perhaps the thousandth time during his career. 4-H includes a variety of activities to increase youths’ health, well-being, leadership skills, and community engagement, and it continues to add to its repertoire, incorporating STEM-focused activities such as rocketry.
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The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place Everyone else is doing all the work. This is the refrain of the retired faculty volunteers at Poamoho Research Station: they’re just hanging out, at most doing what they’re told.
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Between the Earth and the Clouds
Between the Earth and the Clouds Everyone’s heard of the rainforest…but what about a cloud forest? These tropical or subtropical areas characterized by high humidity and persistent cloud cover provide habitat and protection for a variety of species, including native plants and animals, found nowhere else, and they are essential for supplying rainfall to the watersheds beneath them.
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Growing the Future
Growing the Future Not only committed to sustainability but triumphantly sustainable itself, the Sustainable and Organic Farm Training (SOFT) CTAHR student organization is now in its tenth year and still going strong.
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