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Oahu middle schoolers visit Big Island for outdoor learning

Ninety-nine students from Oahu’s Mililani Middle School came to the Big Island to gain hands-on experience in conservation, preservation, importance of place, and sustainability by participating in the More Kids in the Woods – Starts with a Seed program.

Students such areas as the University of Hawaii at Hilo Panaewa Agricultural Farm, a pristine native forest kipuka (an area of forest or land that is completely surrounded by one or more, younger lava flows) and Mokuola Island and Waianuenue Falls. Mililani Middle School students have participated in the program in the past and additional visits are planned in the upcoming months.

The Starts with a Seed program is aimed towards getting kids out of the traditional classroom and into the great outdoors.

For more information or to find out how your school can participate in a field trip, service project or teacher’s workshop, please contact Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance coordinator Cheyenne Perry at

The Starts with a Seed program is operated through a partnership with the Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance, the USDA Forest Service, the University of Hawaii and the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES).


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