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Six ways KS is cultivating a sustainable Hawai‘i

April 22, 2022

Each April, the world celebrates Earth Month by shining a spotlight on sustainability which is central to a strong Native Hawaiian identity, resilient communities and a thriving lāhui. Following are some of the ways KS is cultivating a sustainable Hawai‘i to ensure the well-being of future generations.

  1. Clean transportation – KS Kapālama is piloting an electric bus program. In addition to transitioning more passenger vehicles to electric, the campus is also exploring solar-powered charging stations.
  2. Cultivating lo‘i kalo – A KS partnership with Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi helped restore productivity to approximately six acres of loʻi kalo (wetland taro patches) in the ahupua‘a of He‘eia on O‘ahu.
  3. Protecting native forests – KS installed fencing to protect nearly 40,000 acres of conservation land from feral cattle, pigs and goats. The land includes 2,000 acres of native wet forest on Moloka‘i and 1,650 acres of native wet forest on Kaua‘i.
  4. Fostering fishponds – KS supports the restoration and stewardship of loko i‘a (fishponds) by teaming up with collaborators including Loko Ea Fishpond, Paepae o He‘eia and Keawanui Fishpond.
  5. Digital equity – A KS collaboration with the Kuauli Digital Opportunities Initiative supplied free refurbished computers to families struggling to connect with vital online services during the pandemic.
  6. Shopping center sustainability – Eco-friendly upgrades to KS-owned shopping centers in Keauhou and Kāne‘ohe include energy- and water-efficient systems.

Visit the Kamehameha Schools ‘Āina Pauahi web page to learn more about our eco-conscious efforts.

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