Mahalo for the 23rd Annual Earth Fair

by Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, Biological Sciences

Earth Day Fair 2011 was wonderful! This was our 23rd year and the students, staff and faculty all rose to the occasion. It was bigger and better than ever and a great educational success.

Twelve schools participated and brought 34 classes on field trips arranged by our hard working team. Over 1000 visiting students, along with their teachers, chaperones and escorts went to presentations at the UH Gym, entertainment at the campus center plaza, exhibitors at the campus center plaza and library lanai, an other activities.

An especially big Mahalo to Alenna Weissman who made the schools outreach so successful, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers for providing customized itineraries for each school class; Vershell Rogers for coordinating the exhibitors, Helen Nishimoto and Carly Vierra for coordinating student volunteer escorts.

Special thanks to our UH Gym presenters: Jesse Law- “The Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle” and Derek Kirisu- Mountain Apple Man, as well as the MC- Kurt de la Cruz and the “GoGo” Break dancers. Behind the scenes were Claudia Wilcox-Boucher, Roberta Brashear- Kaulfers and Tom De Witt- UH Hilo professor of Marketing, who coordinated the Gym venue.

Warmest aloha to the Campus Center Plaza Main stage Entertainers and MC – Kawena Oniteru. Thank you to Larissa Leslie, Student Life coordinator, Josh Fuentes and Hawaii CC Student Life Council and Cameron Bickett and the Hawaii Community College Student Government, as well as Student Activities Council (SAC) Lyssa Warren Dale who were sponsors of the event.  Mahalo to Dean of Liberal Arts- Guy Kimura for his welcome and special thanks to the wonderful entertainers: Unukupukupu, Kua O Ka La Charter School Chant and Ukulele performance, Pa’ani Puppets, Ribbon dancers, Anjlee musician, Ras and Queen Sparrow, the Merahi Tahitian dancers, the Samoan Club and the Trash fashion show team: Vershell Rogers and Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, and models Allison Mansfield, Ashley Dunne, BJ Diego, Kylee Nyboar, Shonna Nihau, Tracelyn Mc Guire, Yvonne Jacinto  and Uri Barron.

Mahalo to Environmental Videos team: Ron Scovil (leader) and Luz Podok Nudelman. Free Native garden tours were coordinated by Ali Atkins and the Biology 156 class. The Forest Team students, coordinated by Orlo Steele were in charge of the Native plant giveaway; with additional plants donated by Laura Brezinsky, Chris Jacobson and Russ Ili. Phi Theta Kappa provided Storytelling  organized by Kenoa Dela Cruz and another favorites venue was the Face Painting  led by Moani Bertleman, BJ Diego  and Tracelyn Mc Guire. Our greatest appreciation to the hard working set up crew Bill Affonso and the Hawaii Community College Custodial staff, Dan Fernandez- Earth day website, Eagles Club- lemonade, Student Government and Student Life for popcorn, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers and Noelie Rodriguez for the T-shirt and poster design, Kolin Kettleson and Auxiliary services for clean up after the event, Ellen Kusano and the Linda Golian-Lui for use of the Campus center and library lanai facilities, Hawaii Community College administration Chancellor Noreen Yamane, Doris Chang and Iris Mukai.

Faculty and staff who provided volunteers were: Bill Alfonso, Orlo Steele, Claudia Wilcox-Boucher, Russell Ili, Helen Nishimoto, Pam Scheffler, Karen Crowell, Gordon Ching, Jackie Stradtmann-Carvalho, Chris Jacobson, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, Allie Atkins, Jenni Rygh, Sam Giordanengo and Noelie Rodriguez.

Funding by Hawaii CC Student Life Council, Hawaii CC Student Government and UH-SAC.  The Earth Fair committee would like to thank the exhibitors listed below: Papahanaumokuakea Mokupapapa, the Nature Conservancy, Hawaii Community College Forest TEAM Club, UH Institute for Astronomy, NOAA/Mauna Kea Observatory, USDA – Natural Resources Conservation. Services, BIISC, Global Hope, Dolphin Quest, UH-Hilo MOP Sea Turtle Stranding Response Team, Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network, PRISM – Elizabeth Stacy, Yoga & Meditation Club, Recycle Hawaii, County of Hawaii Environmental Management Depart, UH Manoa CTAHR Rainwater Catchment, Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, Moku Loa Group- Sierra Club, SOH Division of Conservation & Resource Enforcement, Natural Area Reserves System, Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory, Hilo Bike Hub, EnVision Downtown, Sustainable Island Products, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Hawaiian Reforestation Program Foundation, Inc, USDA Farm,  HI Electric Light Co., USDA Rural Development, Dept of Water Supply, UH Hilo Energy Savings & Sustainability Committee, Hakalau Forest NWR, Island Naturals Market & Deli, , Big Island Honda- Hybrid car, Toyota, Volcano Community Association, Friends of Hakalau Forest NWR and United Nations:USA.  Mahalo to all!







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