Earth Day Fair 2012 was a wonderful event and due to construction at the UH-Hilo campus, the committee saw an opportunity to bring the Hawaii CC Earth Day Fair back home to Manono campus. This was our 24th year and the students, staff and faculty all rose to the occasion. It was better than ever and a great educational success. Hawaii Community College generously hosted school students and the larger community to a joyful and enriching celebration of the Natural World.
Thirteen schools participated and brought 39 classes on field trips arranged by our hard working team. Over 1,000 visiting students, along with their teachers, chaperones and escorts attended the presentations and entertainment at the Cafeteria Stage area, exhibits on the lawn at the cafeteria and adjacent to Buildings 387-388, and participated in many other activities. Two-hundred and twenty five student volunteers participated in this event.
An especially big Mahalo to Lavonne Englund who made the schools outreach so successful, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers for organizing the entertainment and providing customized itineraries for each school class; Graceson Ghen for the Exhibit Coordination; Nikki Talisay for her poster design; Claudia Wilcox-Boucher for coordinating the student volunteers escorts; Theresa Hill, Catherine Dumond-Emery, Helen Nishimoto and Claudia Wilcox-Boucher for volunteer check in and T- shirt distribution; Kimi King for coordinating parking; Megan Saito for her photography; Daniel Fernandez for website design; and Theopholius O’Neal and URH radio for the sound system and technicians.
Special thanks to Jessie Law for his presentation “Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle”. The students really enjoyed it. Behind the scenes assistance was provided by Robyn Gartner, with technical support from Neil Uehara. Warmest aloha to the Student Life coordinator Larissa Leslie, Emcees Uri Barron and Brenda Burch, the Hawaii CC Student Life Council and Student Government chairs Brenda Burch and Josh Fuentes, who were sponsors of the event. Their hardworking crew of volunteers provided lemonade, cookies, and snacks for the visitors.
Mahalo to Bill Affonso and Tom Logan for providing us with the logistical expertise needed to prepare for this event. Our greatest appreciation to the hard working Hawaii CC maintenance and facilities crew for setting up canopies and banners as well as taking them down and cleaning our campus after the event. Thanks to Allan Okuda for allowing us the use of the cafeteria, and to Sean Naleimaile, Gene Harada and Joel Tanabe for the use of the canopies and other tents.
Our stage crew and entertainers were excellent! Mahalo to VCAA Joni Onishi for opening the Earth Fair. Special thanks to the wonderful entertainers: Unukupukupu, Kua O Ka La Public Charter School performance, the Japan Club performers, One Journey, Roxanne Lawson and her Pa’ani Puppet Show, To’a Here Tahitian dancers, Ras and Queen Sparrow, IBIS with Dave Seawater,
Tupalaga O Samoa the Samoan Club dancers, Hawaii Community College Trash fashion models Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, Laura Robinson, Uri Barron, Cheyenne Silva, Sarah Balcita, Ale’a Pacheco, Theresa Hill, Mandy Liu, Jaylene Mendoza, Jayme Regpala, Jaslynn Aguinaldo, Anthony Santoro, ReikoYamamoto, Vershell Rogers and Jaclyn Zapata.
Mahalo to Ron Scovil and the Environmental Video team. The Native garden tours were coordinated by Pamela Scheffler and her Science students, while Keli’i Lily provided his interpretation at the Hawaii Life styles garden. Plants were grown and donated for the Native Plant giveaway by the Forest Team students, Allie Atkins, Laura Brezinsky, and Native plant giveaway coordinator Orlo Steele. Chris Jacobson and the agriculture students donated many native plants and edible herbs as well.
Students were treated to Phi Theta Kappa’s Environmental Storytelling, organized by Karen Crowell. One of our Annual favorites was Face painting led by Moani Bertelman, Shonna Nihau and Casey Leopoldo.
Community Sponsors were Creative Arts Hawaii, Mike Tarring from Candy Apple Bananas who donating 20 cases of bananas, with additional prizes provided by Jessica Elbern from Pearson Publishers.
Thank you to the Hawaii Community College administration Chancellor Noreen Yamane, secretary Doris Chang, VCAA Joni Onishi, Iris Mukai from the Business office and Debbie Shigehara from OCET for their support.
Faculty and staff who provided volunteers were: Bill Affonso, Orlo Steele, Pamela Scheffler, Sandy Claveria, Sam Giordanengo, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, Allie Atkins, Claudia Wilcox-Boucher, Val Hafford, Chris Jacobson, Noelie Rodriguez, Helen Nishimoto, Sherry Fujita and Hawaiian Life Styles.
Funding for the 2012 Earth Fair Event was generously provided by Hawaii Community College Student Life Council and Student Government.
Exhibitors: The Earth Fair committee would like to thank the following exhibitors who participated this year. They are Big Island Invasive Species Committee, Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School Robotics-Bulb blitz, Clean Elections, County of Hawaii- Department of Environmental Management, Crystal Clear Communications, DLNR Division of Conservation & Resources Enforcement, DLNR Natural Area Reserves System, Dolphin Quest Hawaii, Forest TEAM Project, Friends of Hakalau Forest NWR, Friends of Pana’ewa Zoo, Geography and Environmental Science Club, Girl Scouts of Hawaii Troop 2096, Global Hope, Hawaii Apiary Program, Hawaii Aquaculture and Aquaponics Association, Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture, Biological Control Section and Urban Forestry Pest Survey, Hawaiian Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project, Hawaii Life Styles at Hawaii Community College, Hawaii Reforestation Project, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Hawaii Yoga & Meditation Club, HCC Ag Program & GROW (RISO), HELCO, Imi Pono no ka Aina, Imi Pono Three Mountain Alliance, Kanu Kipi Haloa Student Group, Kozmo Mimizi Animation Theatre, Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project, Onizuka Center for Int. Astronomy Visitor Information Station, NOAA – Mauna Loa Observatory, NOAA- National Weather Service, Pacific Biodiesel, PRISM, Pacific Island Programs for Exploring Science, Pu’uwa’awa’a, Recycle Hawaii, RISE Hawaii, Revolusun, Sierra Club – Moku Loa Group, Surf Rider Foundation Hilo Chapter, TechCon Kona, United Nations Association, USDA- Farm Service Agency, USDA- NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service, and USDA- Rural Development.
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Mahalo To all !
Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers – Earth Fair Coordinator 2012