Many hands helping Ka‘u Dream become a reality

Posted on Nov 29, 2021 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main

The phrase “Think global, act local” has taken on new meaning on Hawai‘i island with the launch of Ka‘u Dream, a community-driven resiliency project that is already attracting international attention. The hope is Ka‘u Dream will serve as an example of what can be accomplished in other communities across the state through education and economic development. The project held an official launch recently on Hawai‘i island, attended by the First Lady as chair of the Ka‘u Dream Advisory Board and several community partners. The partners include Hawai‘i Community College, Derek Kurisu of KTA Superstores, Duane Kurisu of aio Foundation and the Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative, and Ka‘u High School educator ʻĀina Akamu and principal Sharon Beck.

Mrs. Ige with some of the Ka‘u Dream team at the project launch.

Mrs. Ige with some of the Ka‘u Dream team at the project launch.

“Many years ago, I joined the Youth Conservation Corps, where I spent my summer in the Ka‘u forest learning about environmental stewardship and civic responsibility,” said Mrs. Ige. “That summer, and Ka‘u, hold a special place in my heart.” The Ka‘u Global Learning Lab is one of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) grantees. The program aims to nurture a culture of socially responsible entrepreneurs through its school farm program and global agriculture partnerships. Ka‘u Dream also will honor the region’s cultural heritage through music and food events. “When it’s a program driven by the community, it becomes much stronger and more sustainable,” she said. “I see that here in the hearts, the minds and the commitment from students, teachers and staff.”

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