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Ho‘oulu Mea Kanu workshop to offer sustainability initiatives

Ho‘oulu Mea Kanu (Growing Plants), a workshop about sustainability and food safety and security, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24 at Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School in Pahoa.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

The workshop addresses the questions: What is sustainability? What is the role of state, county and community? How do we integrate traditional Hawaiian values of sustainability?

Participants are encouraged to visit “hot topics” tables with information about rapid ohia death, food safety, little fire ants and food preservation. State Sen. Russell Ruderman and County Council member Eileen O’Hara will discuss sustainability, the Hawaii 2050 plan and state and county initiatives.

Various presenters will discuss soil-building techniques and share specific knowledge about plant varieties that work for this island climate. Current efforts to build a more sustainable and resilient community also will be discussed.

The school is located at 15-1397 Homestead Road.

For more information, contact EJ Paterson at

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