PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Tyler Kerch
More than 600 students and teachers on Friday gathered at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City to learn about the environment and natural resource management. The center was filled with interactive exhibits and booths to teach the students about the environment.
Dr. Charles Kinoshita, the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs says "We want to leave with the students and their teachers, an idea or grasp of the depth and breadth of agriculture and natural resource management in the state of Hawaii."
The students and teachers were from nine elementary schools including Aliamanu, Mokulele, Nimitz, Pearl Harbor Kai, Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Moanalua, Red Hill, and Forst Shafter.
"Now I want to be a scientist!" says Derrick Pelekai III, a fifth grader at Mokulele Elementary. Pelekai said his favorite part was squishing leaves in a tube of water to test if ants and worms would eat it.
This year marks the 10th year anniversary of the Environmental Awareness Day. The event is sponsored by the University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and is funded by the U.S. Department of agriculture and the City and County of Honolulu.