John­sons Rock When It Comes To The En­vi­ron­ment, Too

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is to know that en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion is mak­ing its way to be seen on the na­tional level, which is so im­por­tant for the move­ment, es­pe­cially for the farm-to-school and school gar­den move­ment that we’re re­ally in­volved in here in Hawaii,” John­son said.

Cur­rent KHF projects in­clude ‘AINA In Schools, a farm-to-school fo­cus on ev­ery­thing from nu­tri­tion to salad bars; 3R’s School Re­cy­cling, pro­mot­ing waste re­duc­tion in 50 schools; and KHF Field Trip Grants and Mini-Grants, which sup­port small, teacher-driven projects.

“It’s re­ally amaz­ing to see in the last 10 years, the con­scious­ness has changed. More and more teach­ers … are tak­ing on th­ese en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, and a more sus­tain­able life­style is be­com­ing more main­stream,” John­son said.

KHF’s new­est ef­fort is Plas­tic Free Hawaii, help­ing to re­duce Hawaii’s sin­gleuse plas­tic con­sump­tion by dis­tribut­ing re­us­able bags and get­ting the mes­sage out at farm­ers mar­kets and other sites. John­son said they are push­ing the cam­paign hard in light of the up­com­ing July 1, 2015, ban on plas­tic bags on Oahu.

“I think (what we do) re­ally shows peo­ple the

It’s re­ally amaz­ing to see in the last 10 years, the con­scious­ness has changed. More

and more teach­ers … are tak­ing on th­ese en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, and a more sus­tain­able

main­stream.” life­style is be­com­ing more

‘why’ be­hind try­ing to curb our de­pen­dence on sin­gle-use plas­tics,” John­son said.

Also new is the Hawaii School Bot­tle Cap Col­lec­tion Challenge. KHF can re­cy­cle the caps that are nor­mally thrown away dur­ing plas­tic bot­tle recy- cling. The con­test runs un­til March 31 and is open to all Hawaii schools. In­ter­ested groups should visit kokua­hawai­ifoun­da­tion.org/bot­tle­capchal­lenge for more in­for­ma­tion.

KHF al­ways wel­comes con­tri­bu­tions, and ‘AINA In Schools in par­tic­u­lar re­lies on vol­un­teers to both teach lessons and help prep cam­pus gar­dens for stu­dents.

Up­com­ing re­cy­cling drives are set for March 8 at Kaelepulu Ele­men­tary and March 22 at Mililani Waena Ele­men­tary. The next beach cleanup also is March 22.

For de­tails, visit kokua­hawai­ifoun­da­tion.org or email info@kokua­hawaiii.org.

Kim and Jack John­son of Kokua Hawaii Foun­da­tion. Photo from Natalie McKin­ney.

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