Green Youth Initiatives
$7,000.00 and Counting
Kapaa Elementary School’s
PTSA Recycle Program
We started our program at the end of the school year
2009. Since then we have raised over $7,000.00.
How it’s done:
Every 6-7 weeks we hold our HI5 Friday Drive 7-9am
on the school campus. We tell the students/families about a
week ahead during morning announcements, send home a
flyer and display the date on the schools marque.
Parents and students drop off their HI5 in the morning
on our upper campus, and we provide donuts and
donated coffee from Starbucks. The items are placed
in labeled piles with their teachers’ name. The
class with the biggest pile wins a class party (ice cream
sundaes, pizza, Happy Meals etc). The prize is always announced early for motivation.
We take all collected HI5 items that day to the Reynolds Redemption center on Kawaihau Rd. They give us a check
that day which is deposited into our PTSA account. In
addition, we received an old Matson container that is
located on our upper campus. This helps usto store:
recycle county blue bins, daily donated items, supplies etc.
The families, teachers and administration, PTSA board members and volunteers, including student council have
been very enthusiastic making this recycling project a
Please contact Marti Nice (808) 652-4364 or
HI-5 RECYCLING BIN Program
Fundraising for Non-profits
The “HI-5 RECYCLING BIN Program” (HI-5 Bin) has
been developed by the County of Kauai to allow schools
and non-profit organizations to institute year round HI-5 recycling programs at their facilities with the use of County
of Kauai issued HI-5 Bins.
HI-5 Bins have been provided through a grant from the
State Department of Health (DOH) from funds generated
by the Bottle Deposit Law. All bins distributed for this
program must be used to collect HI-5 deposit containers
only. Organizations that wish to receive HI-5 Bins must complete an application and track items they recycle.
Organizations are responsible for storing and securing the
bins themselves. Kaua‘i County is not liable for any
personal or property damages associated with the
placement or use of the HI-5 Recycling Bins. Bins are
available on a first-come, first-served basis. All
proceeds from the HI-5 items may be used to benefit
the organization. Currently, there are 21 schools and
non-profits participating in this program. Please contact
the Kauai County Recycling Office to enroll your
school, church or nonprofit organization.
National Tropical Botanical Garden
National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Kōkua`Āina
Youth Initiative is a collaboration with the Hawai‘i
Community Foundation’s Youth Matters Network,
designed to provide a “green collar” career pathway
experience to participating Kaua‘i high school students.
A main programmatic aim is to empower local students
(ages 14-19) to discover career options within the fields
of horticulture/agriculture, conservation, small business, community development/social entrepreneurship, and
traditional Hawaiian knowledge. Participants learn how
to navigate today’s competitive job market, and the
nuances of successful interview preparation. CALL
NOW to connect interested youth to this important
Contact Cherisse Kent, Environmental Educator Phone:
(808) 332-7324 ext 253 Email: [email protected]
Art Reveals Truth (A.R.T.) Wall Project
A.R.T. Center Kauai's latest venture: A.R.T. Wall
Project (IE Wall Project), is committed to constructing
several masonry walls specifically for use by the youth
& local communities for development of legal, creative,
& positive means of artistic expression.
A.R.T. Walls will be constructed by the City &
County of Kauai with the support of Director Leonard
Rapozo, Kauai Police Department's Captain Mike
Contrades & Sargeant Rod Green, Parks & Recreation Department, & Kauai Skate Ohana dedicated to achieving
the goal of educating the youth & the community about
the art form of “Writing” & inspiring them to do more
for the future of Kauai with both Eco-consciousness
& social-sustainability. Ken “East3” Nishimura, A.R.T.
Center Kauai Director's vision is to gain the support
of the communities to build a foundation that benefits
the people; especially the youth, while discouraging
vandalism, littering, drugs & alcohol & promoting
continued upkeep of communal areas, drug-free
environments, local organic farmers, & over-all
Currently, the program is building the model for it's
project with three major A.R.T. Walls being constructed
in Kapa'a's local skate park, in likeness to Venice Beach's “Skate & Art Project” (www.veniceartwalls.com)
which has already been proven effective: 1) “Beginner
Wall,” 2) “Advanced Wall” & 3) “Community Wall”
with the help of “East3,” specifically using the art form
of “Writing” as a progressive & positive outlet for
everyone involved. The A.R.T. Center Kauai & it's
supporters hope to provide a model for every future
& current skate park in the cities & communities on
Kauai & on the neighboring Hawaiian Islands.
Green Careers in Agriculture and Aquaponics
The Pacific American Foundation (PAF) is working
with Middle School students to accomplish Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects
that involve Agriculture and Aquaponics.
This summer Team Imi Naauao did research on Agricultural History in Hawaii. Topics included Agriculture, Seed and
Plant Structures, Photosynthesis, and Ecosystems. From
these topics, students chose two topics and created either a poster or pamphlet for each topic.
Before lunch students visited the Kauai Community
College Farmer's Market to interview the vendors.
They asked questions and learned about what it takes
to farm and produce products on Kauai. After lunch
students visited a local owner of a Hybrid Aquaculture
and Hydroponics system for assistance to build their own
Aquaponics system at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.
Teacher Mr. Justin Carvalho hopes other schools and
programs will follow their lead and create Aquaponics
systems with their youth. Aquaponics is a sustainable
practice to grow fish. For example please view this video
on Fish Farming in Haiti on our website (http://www.greenhawaiiconferences.com/Sustainable-Ideas.html).
Fish Farming is a viable business opportunity for youth
The group meets after school at Chiefess Middle School.
Please contact Justin for information on this important
project involving food sustainability and security.
Contact Justin Carvalho Email: [email protected]
Learn Through Creativity
A.R.T. Center Kauai's latest concept: speaking to the youth
with the language of Hip Hop Culture (i.e. The Culture), is already breaking barriers at workshops set up at the A.R.T. Youth Centerin Kapa'a with expressions of education in the form of “Break'n,” “Writing”/Aerosol Art, DJ'n, & Emcee'n.
The Culture is not only backed by reputable references
within the International Hip Hop music community; it is
also supportive of & works hand-in-hand with educational systems already implemented locally & around the world
with linear messages of general education,
Eco-consciousness, local- & global-sustainability, drug-
& alcohol-free communities, safe sex, & overall positive, creative, & progressive awareness. Ken “East3” Nishimura, A.R.T. is already motivating local youth's interest &
passion towards The Culture with class curriculums & workshops, but shares a vision with supporters of a
system that can be emulated throughout Kauai, Hawai'i, & possibly worldwide; with informational pamphlets,
standardized educational curriculums, & visual aspects
such as Hip Hop Art & illustrations, typography,
photography, & large scale community-embraced
Train Youth as Energy Auditors
Blue Planet will work with Hawai‘i’s leading innovators
in clean energy to develop an effective infrastructure for engaging Hawai‘i businesses, residents and organizations in energy conservation and green workforce development. Students will be trained in educational energy assessments
that serve as entry-level introductions to energy concepts,
use, areas of potential savings, and importance in Hawai‘i.
Each assessment will also provide classroom and on-the-job
training for student trainees to learn the basics of energy
assessments. The objective is not only to achieve tangible energy savings for the participating businesses, community members or organizations, but also to create
a pool of passionate, experienced, and skilled individuals
for higher-level training and employment to advance
Hawai‘i’s clean energy future. Sign up your youth Now!
Contact Ivory McClintock Email: [email protected]
No Opala Project
One of A.R.T. Center Kauai's latest programs: The “No
Opala Project” (IE No Opala), which literally means “no
trash;” will be making voluminous waves in Kauai by
taking refuse found on local beaches retrieved by current
& future beach clean-up organizations & helping the youth
to design & create publicly displayed art pieces & sculptures
that create awareness about the dangers of ocean pollution
& littering & the importance of local-sustainability,
recycling, & efficient waste management practices.
The Hawaiian “Honu” or turtle, a symbol of longevity,
peace, good luck, humility, & the spirit within, is one
of many species on the local endangered list & the ideal candidate for A.R.T. Center Kauai's first image to restore consciousness about these environmental issues, as the
turtle is a frequent victim of plastic bags, bottles, & other garbage that they mistake for their favorite food: jellyfish.
Ken “East3” Nishimura, believes that the trash medium displayed at such public places as Lihue Airport, combined
with community & youth involvement, can expose all
incoming visitors as well as remind our local residents to
the real problems affecting Kauai, Hawai'i & the planet
today. A.R.T. Center Kauai & No Opala supporters are currently developing a thorough approach that communities
in other demographics around the island, state, & world can follow.
Music & Dance with a Message
A.R.T. Center Kauai's recent endeavor is all about speaking
to the youth with the language of reputable Hip Hop music
& dance in order to create awareness about the most
important messages of our time in regards to social, environmental, & sustainability concerns.
The A.R.T. Youth Center in Kapa'a is currently using
expressions of education in the form of “Break'n,” “Writing”/Aerosol Art, DJ'n, & Emcee'n in their workshops
& curriculums & would like to extend their message to all youths & communities in Kauai by organizing dance events, performances, & competitions that involve everyone; young
& old in the community. Ken “East3” Nishimura & Paul “Paulskee” Ruma are determined to creatively educate the youth on such issues in the Hip Hop format well-received
by the young generations in order to utilize the progressive minds of all in order to create a foundation for a better tomorrow for Kauai, Hawai'i & the world.
The “Music & Dance with a Message Project” is not
only backed by positive artists within the International Hip
Hop music community; it is also supportive of & works
hand-in-hand with educational systems already
implemented locally & around the world with linear
messages of general education, Eco-consciousness,
local- & global-sustainability, drug- & alcohol-free
communities, safe sex, & overall positive, creative, & progressive awareness. A.R.T. Center Kauai & it's
supporters intend to utilize this to embrace the positive
efforts of individuals, businesses & organizations that
are contributing to a healthy local environment,
society, & economy in order to create a system that can
be easily emulated & implemented across all demographics locally & worldwide.
Honua Lani Gardens in Kapaa, Hawaii offers workshops, retreats, and tours of their five acre sustainable gardens to
youth groups and school groups, and others. They
organize gardening classes and trainings on building soil
through composting while discussing ways to support a sustainable garden and lifestyle. Call now to schedule
time for your family or program to participate in their
Contact Jai Roberts Phone: (808) 651-5491 Email: [email protected]