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UH Manoa students and faculty create aquaponics system for Washington, D.C. festival

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - There'll soon be a touch of aloha in our nation's capitol, thanks to the University of Hawaii. The school's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is recreating a mini aquaponics system, complete with fish and organic produce, which will be displayed in the upcoming Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. 

School officials say the system is meant to highlight the importance of sustainability. "Most of our food is imported and we are running out of places to grow food and that's why this work is being done, because we don't require soil," said Clyde Tamaru of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. 

"You can use aquaponics in the city, in the country. You can use it, it can go anywhere as long as you get some sun", said Hawaiian Studies graduate student Leina'ala Bright. 

About 80 people from Hawaii will be attending the festival, which runs from June 27-July 18, 2012.

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