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Natural Resources Extension

Project Name: Native Hawaiian Garden and Outdoor Learning Laboratory
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Start/End Date: September 1998 to
Federal Funds:  
Matching Funds:  
Contractor: Laurie Faure, Karen Ah Mai, Linda Wong
Kuhio Elementary School
State of Hawaii Department of Education
2759 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96825
Phone: (808) 973-0085
Fax: (808) 973-0088
The impact of urbanization on the environment near the Manoa-Palolo tributary to the Ala Wai Canal is serious. Fromer rice paddies, wetlands, and agricultural areas have been paved and constructed over resulting in contaminants from automobiles entering the storm drains flowing into streams. Litter is also a problem. The increasing immigrant and low-income population and long-time residents on the area can be brought together through the school and its garden to increase awareness of the pollution and to alleviate the water quality problem.
Objectives/Goals: To educated and involve the Moiliili community and Kuhio School in the environmental issues that surround the Ala Wai Watershed.
Methods Employed: • Create environmental curriculum for grades K-5 that focuses on the Ala Wai Watershed. The curriculum will be integrated into the classroom to help students understand the ecological and cultural history of the watershed.
• Plant and maintain a native Hawaiian garden at the school
Pollutants of Concern: Litter
Watershed: Ala Wai, island of Oahu
Size of Project: Not described in report
Affected Water Bodies: Ala Wai Harbor
Deliverables: • Ala Wai Watershed curriculum
• Photos of project activities


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Cooperative Extension Service programs, conducted in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, are provided to the people of Hawaii without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action institution.