By: Paolo DiGiovanni
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Over 600 elementary students left their classrooms on Friday to participate in Oahu's Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day. The event was hosted by UH Manoa's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and took place at UH's Urban Garden in Pearl City.
The purpose of the event was to help educate keiki about the importance of agriculture and sustainability.
"The first thing we want to do is make students, 5th graders during the most formative time of their years, more aware of the depth and breadth of agriculture natural resource management in Hawaii and worldwide," said Charles Kinoshita of CTAHR.
Food security is a big issue but as the population increases, so does the carbon footprint that is created from transporting all of the supplies to Hawaii.
Exhibits include artificial insemination, compost-creating earth worms and an invasive species-sniffing beagle.
The public is invited to attend the second day of the CTAHR event on Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m.