Kokua Hawaii Green Programs Impress EPA
For some people, a lifestyle change can start with swapping a plastic bag for a reusable one. Kim Johnson and the Kahuku-based Kokua Hawaii Foundation truly believe it.
“Some people, they start with the bag, then they start carrying around the reusable water bottle and it just becomes habit,” Johnson said. “Then you start seeing, ‘Oh wow, I don’t need to take a straw because that’s disposable; I only use it once,’ or you start thinking about where plastics come in in other areas of your life.”
Johnson and musician husband Jack founded KHF 10 years ago to establish environmental education programs in schools and the community. What started with a recycling program has expanded to include multiple projects involving thousands of students around the state.
And those outreach efforts have earned the attention of the U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region, which named the organization one of its eight 2013 Environmental Champions. “The exciting thing for us
In addition to tending to garden crops and recycling drives via Kokua Hawaii Foundation programs, area schoolchildren are introduced to this wiggly form of compost. Photo from Natalie McKinney.