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Free Educational App – “Talking Trees”

The Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project has developed and released a free educational app for the iPhone and Android called Talking Trees.

The Talking Trees app features suggested stops on Hawai‘i Island that offer the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the island through stories of the ‘ulu (breadfruit). Information is conveyed through photos, articles and video interviews with local cultural practitioners. For people who want to learn how to cook with ‘ulu, the app also features award-wining breadfruit recipes. Other links include information about how to cultivate and use breadfruit and Hawaiian mythology.

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“The goal for us in creating the app is to engage people in the culture, history and current uses of breadfruit,” says Craig Elevitch, Co-Director of the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project. “In addition to being a great food, there are so many fascinating Hawaiian stories about life as it relates to the ‘ulu. So much of Hawaiian mythology is relevant to life today.”

The Talking Trees app was developed with support from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. A corresponding enhanced Google map was developed with support from the Atherton Family Foundation. Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu is a project of the Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Learn more and download the app at breadfruit.info, or from the iTunes stores.


Big Island Mother One of the Top 50 “Mompreneurs” in 2011

Big Island Doctor Heather Manley was ranked as one of the Top 50 Mompreneurs in 2011 for her kids books and iPhone Applications.

Dr. Heather Manley

Dr. Heather Manley

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Human Body Detectives, a series of action-packed fiction stories that take kids on imaginative journeys through the digestive, immune and circulatory systems, today is pleased to announce Battle With The Bugs, their corresponding educational and entertaining iPad app.

Kids ages 6 to 10 will love this series of award winning educational adventure stories which follow two “Human Body Detectives”, Merrin and Pearl, who magically enter different systems in the body to solve a health mystery and learn a bit of nutrition along the way. The series is now available in story-book (versus audio), ebooks, and now iPad and iPhone apps.

The plot surrounds main characters Merrin and Pearl’s little cousin Max, who is sick, threatening everyone’s Mexican holiday. This time the detective girls find themselves inside Max’s body, witnessing firsthand the immune system in action. They befriend a white blood cell warrior who leads them into battle against the offending bacteria, and learn why it’s important not to eat candy and sugar when you have an illness, as these only feed bacteria and viruses more, making you feel sicker.

The book series is authored by Dr. Heather Manley, a Hawaii-based naturopathic physician who saw a need for books that teach kids about their bodies and health in an imaginative, fun way. The main characters are based on Dr. Heather’s daughters of the same names, Merrin and Pearl. The series, for kids ages 6-10, currently features: The Lucky Escape, teaching about the digestive system; Battle with the Bugs, about the immune system; and the latest, A Heart Pumping Adventure, about the circulatory system.

“My goal is to help children strive for optimal health,” said Manley. “Understanding how various body systems work and which foods fuel each system is critical. Kids need to know how the food they eat plays a direct role in how their bodies function.”

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 32.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Battle With The Bugs 2.4.1 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

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The Human Body Detectives (HBD) story and website for kids was founded by naturopathic physician, Dr. Heather Manley in 2008. As a doctor and a mother, Dr. Heather believes that if kids understand how the food they eat plays a direct role in how their bodies function, they will be more inclined to make healthy food choices. In her search for books and resources that provide healthy eating tips and encourage parents to make healthy food choices for kids, and more importantly, encourage kids to make healthy food and lifestyle choices for themselves, she discovered there were very few books out there doing this in a fun way. That is when the idea for the Human Body Detectives series came to her. Copyright (C) 2011 The Human Body Detectives. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.