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From Hawaii to Africa – JAMAREK

In support of Xel ak Kom (a Senagalese non-profit organization), isisHawaii is pleased to announce a concert fundraiser on Saturday, April 12th, at The Loading Zone (47 Hotel Street, 9pm to 1:30am) to advance community development in West Africa through education, sustainable farming and social entrepreneurism. “JAMAREK” (translated from Wolof, means “peace only”) is a […]

7th Annual Hawaii Robofest Regional

The 7th Annual Hawaii Robofest Regional Tournament was a huge success! On Saturday, April 5th, at the University of Hawaii West Oahu campus, over 250 students from grades 4-8 competed in autonomous robotic activities. The event was free and open to the public from 8:30am to 3:00pm. AMD Game Results: 1st Place: 783-3 Highlands Intermediate […]

Teach For America – Design Thinking

Teach for America (TFA) is a nationwide program that is committed to providing educational opportunities for children in low-income communities. isisHawaii’s Kapono Ciotti, MA (an Education Specialist), facilitated an introductory Design Thinking workshop for TFA leaders to develop innovative solutions to close the achievement gap for students living in underserved populations. The interactive workshop focused […]

La‘au Lapa‘au: Healing with Native Plants

isisHawaii’s “Ipu Waiwai Kula ‘AE” Aquaponics in Education project has provided wonderful opportunities to connect local professionals from academia, industry and the community to educators to co-design culturally responsive project-based activities for students. One such professional is Leinaala Bright – a certified healing practitioner – who has helped our school partners to better understand connections […]

Aquaponic-grown Ipu at Nanakuli

See what’s been growing at our Nanakuli “Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE” Aquaponics in Education project site! Educator, Jewelynn Kirkland, harvested these ipu, or “Bottle Gourd” (Lagenaria siceraria), mainly for safety reasons. They were growing so fast and large that she was afraid of the gourds falling on someone (the plants have since been removed). Compared to […]

isisHawaii Receives Capital One Grant

(October 7, 2013) HONOLULU, Hawaii – isisHawaii is pleased to announce it has received a $9,946 grant from the Capital OneSM Investing for GoodSM program. isisHawaii will use these funds to support the Hawaii Robofest scholastic robotics program, particularly in expanding to Title I schools (i.e., schools with over 60% student enrollment in federally subsidized […]

Virtual SeaPerch: Phase II Begins!

  (September 11, 2013) HONOLULU – isisHawaii is pleased to announce it has received a subcontract from Navatek Ltd to develop Phase II of isisHawaii’s virtual application, VPerch (Virtual Sea Perch) – an on-line educational module that introduces students to basic engineering and computer-aided design concepts through designing, building and testing underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles […]

KULA Project Begins for Leeward Educators

  The long awaited implementation phase of isisHawaii’s Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) (KULA) has finally begun. With construction of the Wai‘anae and Nanakuli Intermediate School outdoor greenhouses complete, curricular training commenced promptly with the opening of school year 2013-14. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Hawaiian Education Program, KULA […]

Po‘okela Academy Visits WindwardCC

    September 20, 2013 – Students from Castle High School’s Po‘okela Academy visited Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawai‘i, to explore the science behind aquaponics, a sustainable hybrid agricultural method that nurtures both fish and produce in a water-based environment. Funded by a Hawai‘i P-20 initiative grant (College Access and Challenge Grant), isisHawaii was […]

Ipu Waiwai at Makaha Elementary

isisHawaii’s project – Ipu Waiwai – Storing the Wealth of Learning (IPU) – is alive and well at Makaha Elementary School! IPU (a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program) provided training and resources for public school teachers (grades 4-6) in the Nanakuli/Wai‘anae district to better engage students and increase […]