Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Students Make Connections at Conservation Expo

Kumu Kauka opened the Kaua‘i Conservation Expo last Wednesday with Lexi Warnock'19, (at left) chanting the Oli Aloha. Guests from the International World Conservation Congress joined island conservationists and students at a special visit to the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Traci Sullivan, Dave Reynolds and Jeff Kozak accompanied 47 Island School high school students to the event. They heard many interesting speakers on the topic of conservation including Chipper Wickman, Mayor Carvalho, Helen Cox (KCC Chancellor), and the Hawai‘i Nature Conservancy. 

The seniors used this event to make community connections to help mentor senior projects. To name a few: Carolyn Price connected with Surfrider Foundation and Zero Waste Kaua‘i. Julia Randolph-Flagg learned about invasive species;Tanner Tavares is considering working on the virus infecting Ohia Lehua trees on the Big Island; and Jaden Hamid made some contacts to help him investigate the effects of sonar on marine mammals.

Aliana Ho '18 danced in Kumu Kehaulani Kekua's Halau Palaihiwa o Kaipuwai at the IWCC on O‘ahu, and Kumu Kauka chanted with and for them.