|A community workday to help develop the new farm at Kaʻū High School drew students|
and many other community volunteers. Photo by Julia Neal
|Wire fencing covered in vines was pulled from the macadamia|
orchard. Photo by Julia Neal
The effort is to employ agriculture for project based learning and real work application, encouraging student voice and teacher collaboration. The new approach to education begins this Fall with the ninth and tenth graders.
Principal Sharon Beck and Program Director Aina Akamu introduced their team with Curriculum Coordinator Dexsilyn Navarro, Counseling Coordinator Otis Salmo
and Program Coordinator Jennifer Makuakane.
Akamu talked about the mission, the establishment of an "Academy for Agri-preneurship that prepares students to be environmentally responsible community members and independent entrepreneurs who practice malama `aina (conservation and sustainability) and contribute to the socio-economic resiliency of Kaʻū, Hawaiʻi and the world." He said the vision is for students to be successful creators and innovators prepared for college, careers, and community who possess the skills, knowledge, and passion to care for their family, the Kaʻū community, and others.
|Lew Nakamura, Professor of Agriculture at Hawaiʻi Community|
College, joined the workday at Kaʻū High's new farm. He was
interviewed by Otis Salmo. Photo by Julia Neal
Akamu said the team invites "global and local collaboration of civic leaders, business partners, industry innovators and educational visionaries who provide access to knowledge, resources, capital, partnerships and opportunities to ensure the success, sustainability and innovation of the Kaʻū community into the future."
One project explained by the team is to help build a resilient community food system in Kaʻū where students will grow, process, market, distribute and sell food crops and products.
The design of the Academy for Agri-preneurship aims to ensure that every student is highly engaged in a rigorous, creative and innovative academic curriculum in their learning environment and in powerful applied learning.
|The youngest volunteer at the farm workday was|
three-year old Watts. Photo by Julia Neal
Concerning teacher collaboration, the team members said they envision that "teachers continuously team to evaluate practice, design learning collaboratives, discuss student progress, identify community opportunities, and to mitigate challenges through processes focused on
highly effective student-teacher collaboration."
While agriculture is a base of the academy, programs also include Natural Resources, STEM, Entrepreneurship, Creative Media and Culinary Arts. The innovative learning design involves hands-on, project-based learning, outdoor learning, work-based learning, field trips, community partnerships, science technology, engineering and math integration.
Additional components include: culinary garden, farm-to-table, student operated cafe and food truck, food products, local markets, global markets and development of small businesses and other enterprises to support the economy.
|Cleaning out a large greenhouse to prepare for the new school farm at Ka`u High.|
Photo by Julia Neal
The Keanakākoʻi Tephra provides a useful marker in the Southwest Rift Zone to help constrain the ages of lava flows. Some of these eruptions have been documented and witnessed, whereas others have more
recently been recognized as young eruptions through the diligent mapping of geologists.
The first written account of eruptive activity in the Southwest Rift Zone was by Reverend William Ellis (1794–1872). In 1823, he and his party were traveling to the summit of Kīlauea and encountered the aftermath of the 1823 Keaīwa lava flow, which erupted from a fissure now associated with the Great Crack. It is now known that the Southwest Rift Zone was particularly active between the explosive eruption of 1790 and lava flow of 1823, including eruptions from the Kamakaiʻa Hills and Kealaʻalea Hills. Previous Volcano Watch articles provide more details on some of these early 19th century lava flows: “Re-thinking Kīlauea Volcano’s early known eruptive history” and “Kamakaiʻa Hills: what are they and why are they there?”
|Fast-moving lava flows erupted from Mauna Iki, as shown in this |
hand-colored black-and-white photo taken on May 17, 1920.
Historic photo courtesy of Roger and Barbara Myers
Participants who registered for last Monday's meeting do not need to re-register. Any new participants will need to register before the new meeting time at https://tpl.zoom.us/meeting/register/v
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