Aka­mai School Makes Food Waste Dis­ap­pear

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By CAROL CHANG

A small pri­vate school in Kailua is shrink­ing even more each day, and it’s all be­cause of some in­no­va­tive prac­tices that leave a smaller foot­print on the planet.

Huakailani School for Girls, you see, is into Bokashi. Com­prised of 35 young girls in two build­ing suites and part of a park­ing lot, the school has em­braced the Ja­panese method of fer­ment­ing or­ganic mat­ter. Throw­ing food waste from lunch and snacks into non­aer­o­bic (with­out air) com­post­ing bins has be­come part of the cam­pus rou­tine, and the girls fig­ured out that by do­ing this, they are pre­vent­ing about five pounds of trash each week from go­ing to the land­fill.

Plus, the com­posted waste then goes into their tiny ur­ban gar­den to nour­ish new veg­eta­bles for the school lunch menu.

“The girls are grow­ing food with re­cy­cled food,” de­clared an en­thu­si­as­tic head of school, Kaori Brown. “One bin is for or­ganic com­post­ing, and ev­ery­thing else goes into the Bokashi com­post­ing bin, leav­ing the school 100 per­cent food waste-free.” Huakailani’s Com­post Bar project is made pos­si­ble by a grant from

Youth Ser­vice Hawaii.

The Bokashi mix of wheat bran in­fused with micro­organ­isms acts as a fer­menter of foods such as meats, cheese, pasta, etc., that can­not be pro­cessed in a reg­u­lar aer­o­bic bin. And it works away with vir­tu­ally no odor, Brown said.

The girls would like to share their new­found knowl­edge, lead tours of their com­post­ing op­er­a­tions and of­fer Bokashi-mak­ing work­shops. This Satur­day, they will be at a Ser­vice Learn­ing Show­case at Wind­ward Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ask them any­thing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 263-2020.

Car­son, Kyler and Makayla wait for their par­ents An­gela and Erick Molen to jump aboard and go sail­ing March 17 dur­ing Day on the Bay at Heeia State Park. The Ka­maaina Kids’ Heeia Learn­ing Cen­ter fundraiser of­fered a va­ri­ety of water sports, food, en­ter­tain­ment, rides, crafts and more. Photo by Lawrence Tabudlo, ltabudlo@mid­week.com.

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