HonCC ʻOhana Gather to Celebrate SustainabilityHonolulu Community College
Casual Hire, Office of the Chancellor
On a April 11, 2018 Honolulu Community College (HonCC) students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered along the mall and the campus mālafor its annual Hoʻolauleʻa.This annual event celebratedthe creation ofand harvest from Ka Māla o Niuhelewai (The Garden of Niuhelewai), as well as Native Hawaiian cultural traditions and sustainability.
This year's event featuredimu(earthen oven) prepared food; kuʻi ʻai(poi made by hand pounding kalo) and ʻuala(sweet potato) from the māla; music provided by HCC faculty, staff, students, and community musicians; interactive activities; information exhibits;and the collegeʻs repurpose/recycle/upcycle contest Trash to Treasure.
Kūlana Hawaiʻi:Hawaiian Programs Division, Career Services (Career Exploration), Student Life and Development, and the Sustainability Committeecollaborated to make this yearʻs event a reality.
Participants wereencouragedto practice sustainability by bringingtheir own reusable containers, utensils, and beverage flaskfor their lunch. One of the eventʻs goals wasto maintain mālama ʻāinaby eliminating the use of paper goods and Styrofoam products and alleviating the amount of trash produced. If participants did not bring containers they could construct plates by weaving launiu(coconut leaves) or ti leaves, or studentsreceiveda reusable lunch containerbought with student funds, after they completed an “event passport.”
The Sustainability Committe hosted its 4th Annual ‘Trash to Treasures’repurposing contest.
Each year theHonCC ʻOhana, including students, faculty, staff and administrators, are challenged to re-purposeematerial(s) usually thrown away into something with a practicalor artistic purpose.
This year there were twocompetition categories:Student Projectsand Faculty/Staff/Admin Projects. The competitionattracted more than 30 entries. More than 160people participated in voting for their favorite piece.
Student Project Winners
1st: Regienald Cacpal: Tire Tank – fish pond with component to circulate the water
2nd: Joshua Hazel: Chess Board
3rd: Aaron Sauvao: Diesel Parts Dogand Joseph Paul Akim: Murdercycle(tie)
These students will receive cash prizes funded by the Chancellor’s fund for student contests.
Faculty/Staff/Admin Project Winners
1st: Robert Silva: Newspaper Canoe
2nd: Bobby Salvatierra: Valentine’s Day Gifts
3rd: Suzette Kahana: Honolulu Fire Department Duffle Bag
These winners received prizes donated by the HonCC Bookstore.
In addition to this contest, Sustainability Showcase exhibitors and demonstrations includedrepresentatives from:
- Kokua Hawai’i Foundation
- 808 Clean Ups
- HART and Transit Oriented Development
- Johnson Controls
- HNL ToolsLibrary
- National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
· Natural Resources and Environmental Management, UHM
- College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources – UHM
- Sustainable Community Food Systems - UHWO
There was also an Electric Cars Demo, and seedling plantings booth.
To see additional pictures, check out our Flickr album.
E lawe i ke aʻo a mālama, a e ʻoi mau ka naʻauao.
He who takes his teachings and applies them increases his knowledge.
For more information, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/honolulucc/albums/72157695686971245