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The Joy of Nature Journaling

"Nature journaling is your path into the exploration of the natural world around you, and into your personal connection with it. How you use your journal is entirely up to you." -From Chapter 1 of Keeping a Nature Journal, by Clare…

Teaching Environmental Literacy

Back-to-School supplies line the shelves and teachers all around the country are preparing for a new school year. With so much one can teach, it can be hard to prioritize. Aside from traditional text-based literacy, digital, cultural, and many other…

Play Again: A Resource for Getting Kids Outside

"To picture myself without my phone would be depressing. I'd feel lonely," 13-year-old Taylor shares about her dependency on personal electronics. Thousands of texting teens would agree with this statement.  In this generation, with so much information and entertainment at…

Ocean Love

Ocean-loving people are often drawn to islands, which is definitely true for the field instructors and staff of Hawaii Outdoors Institute. We were surfers, SCUBA divers, paddlers, and swim instructors before HOI existed and that passion is what we love…

Davis Waldorf School 2013

Here's a very nice blog written by Dr. Rick Tan, of Davis Waldorf School.  We had the pleasure of spending a week with their 8th grade class.  His full blog can be found here: http://thewaldorfway.blogspot.com/2013/05/mahalo-hawaii.html "The Davis Waldorf School Class of…

“The Conversation” on Hawaii Public Radio

The caller ID popped up as "Hawaii Public Radio."  I thought, "They're calling to ask for money?  But their fund drive just passed!"   I'm an avid listener of NPR and Hawaii Public Radio, so I answered ready to finally…

Farmer’s Market Day!

Today is Hilo Farmer's Market Day!  In ancient days, during times of famine, the island population would head to Waipi'o Valley as a sure bet for good food.  Today the island population heads to Hilo Bay for the best fruits…

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