Kuʻi Ka Lono: Sounding the News!

Jordyn Morante waves down passers-by at tree giveaway

Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School conducts 11th annual tree giveaway

Contributors Jordyn and Uʻi Morante

Hilo, Hawaiʻi - November 3, 2012 - Early on a Saturday morning, a small group of volunteers huddled and offered pule to begin a beautiful day of giving away trees. Students, teachers and ʻohana of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School set up their Arbor Day drive-thru at the busy intersection of Kekuanaoa Street and Kīlauea Avenue, with HELCO providing their administrative offices as host site.

For three hours, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the hard working crew busied themselves waving signs along the street, assisting plant enthusiasts and answering questions about the school and its mission.

Cappi Winters (L) and Jordyn Morante (R) arrange kou
As the morning passed by, the trees made their way into cars, trucks, and even boxes carried away in the arms of folks who had walked to the giveaway.

The six trees given away were kou, milo, niu (coconut), kukui, lama and pūhala (pandanus). Over three hundred trees were cultivated for the giveaway, conducted in Hilo today and at the Makuʻu Farmers Market on Sunday, November 4. Half the trees were given away in Hilo today.

Kua O Ka Lā encourages tree recipients to contact the school with any questions about successful propagation: 808-965-5098.

Junior forestry team set to make conservation trip to Kahoʻolawe

Pualaa, Hawaii - October 22, 2012 - Kua O Ka Lā’s Junior Forest TEAM club will be traveling to Kahoʻolawe in mid-November to kōkua restoration and revitalization efforts on the island.

The charter school’s club is affiliated with Hawaiʻi Community College’s Forest TEAM (Tropical Forest Ecosystems and Agroforestry Management), giving the high schoolers a great opportunity to work with college students and faculty just as passionate about the ʻāina.

East Hawaiʻi Junior Forest TEAM clubs making the November trip will be working with the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC). Students will help with a range of projects and practices, to include: traditional protocol, revegetation, erosion control, and the redistribution of native plants.

Kua O Ka Lā’s group is lead by faculty members Leila Kealoha and Marty Sinkowitz. They have worked with team members this fall to fundraise $5,000, and the teachers’ gratitude is extended to all supporters--especially Cafe 100, the Hilo Jaycees, and Pāhoa Auto Parts.

Their final fundraiser before the trip will be a carwash at Pāhoa Auto Parts on Saturday, November 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Joshua Andrade and Beautifual Wilson (Kua o ka Lā class of 2012) mālama Kahoʻolawe
Joshua Andrade and Beautiful Wilson (class of 2012) mālama Kahoʻolawe.