Mālama Learning Center is continuing to invest in projects started in previous years at local high schools. The Kapolei High School nursery, thanks to tremendous support from the good people at Mari's Garden, is expanding ten-fold to grow native Hawaiian plants as well as vegetables grown following organic principles. Aquaponics systems are also being developed and tested.
At Nānākuli High & Intermediate School, the native plant nursery is also being improved. It is now able to house hundreds of native plants but still needing some repair work, the nursery got some TLC (tender loving care) on April 6, 2013 from more than 40 volunteers from ʻIolani School’s ICAN (ʻIolani Community Action Network) comprised of graduates of the school, along with Teach for America Current and Alumni group and Nānākuli students. Working alongside teachers Terra Wight and Jewelynn Kirkland and MLC’s Sayo Costantino, the volunteers cleared weeds from the native plant nursery, moved the banana patch and compost area, cleaned and prepped the aquaponics tanks, and most impressively, built the covered roof portion of the nursery. Mahalo nui loa to all who participated on this special day to support the school’s Sustainability club.
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