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KULA Project Begins for Leeward Educators

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The long awaited implementation phase of isisHawaii’s Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) (KULA) has finally begun. With construction of the Wai‘anae and Nanakuli Intermediate School outdoor greenhouses complete, curricular training commenced promptly with the opening of school year 2013-14. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Hawaiian Education Program, KULA focuses on multidisciplinary applications through the study of aquaponics, a hybrid sustainable agricultural method that nurtures both fish and produce in a recirculating water-based environment.

Based on pilot projects launched in 2010 at Highlands Intermediate School and 3 elementary schools in Pearl City, KULA will explore a culturally responsive approach that links traditional Hawaiian practices to 21st century technologies to promote sustainable agriculture and food independence.

13WAI_GrowbedKicking off the training series was an orientation and curriculum workshop (led by Kapono Ciotti and Dr. VerlieAnn Malina-Wright, isisHawaii), a maintenance workshop covering system and pest management (Hapa Farms) and a water quality workshop (UH College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources) also covering higher education and related career pathways.

 

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