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Captain Planet Foundation Awards Education Grant to Hawai’i Forest Institute

The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the successful Captain Planet cartoon, is proud to announce that the Hawai’i Forest Institute (HFI) has recently been awarded an educational grant of $2,500.  HFI will use these funds toward the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest Project.

Landscape Architect Leonard Bisel plants a seedling with Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalani’ana’ole Elementary School student.

“We are thrilled to present this award to the Hawai’i Forest Institute,” says Leesa Carter, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We receive hundreds of submissions each year and have to be very selective to whom we award funding. This is one of the few projects from across the country that we chose to fund. We wish the Hawai’i Forest Institute great success as they work to implement this important project. It is our hope that our combined efforts will educate, empower, involve and invest today’s youth to cultivate a better tomorrow.”

Mother and daughter Volunteers

“We are pleased to receive support from the Captain Planet Foundation. These funds will allow us to initiate Phase II of the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest, a forest demonstration project at the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo”, said HFI Executive Director Heather Simmons.

HFI and HFIA Director Peter Simmons and Kamehameha Schools student pull weeds

HFI, the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), project partners, and community volunteers completed Phase I of the Discovery Forest in 2011, which includes Native and Agro-forest demonstration gardens. Phase II will include clearing invasive weeds; introducing native and agro-forest (Polynesian-introduced) plants and trees; and providing volunteer and educational opportunities through volunteer events, interpretive signage, and plant identification signs.

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