The Outdoor Circle celebrated Arbor Day 2014 at Kuhio Elementary School with the planting of two crepe myrtle trees at the playground.
In step with the school's theme this year, "Malama Honua = Malama Kuhio," this event honored the memory of their "secret gardener," Errol Aczon. Errol, the school principal's brother, regularly volunteered his time in the evenings to work with students in planting trees and tending the landscape. His work is now literally bearing fruit for the students, as they enjoy fresh figs and leafy vegetables grown on their campus.
Volunteers, staff, faculty, students, and dignitaries highlighted the importance of trees to the health of our global environment and the connection between generations that is shared in the act of planting a tree.
Kuhio Elementary has demonstrated a real commitment to keeping their campus clean, green, and beautiful. They have a vertical vegetable wall, fruit trees, and beautifully designed landscaping throughout the school. This is the third Outdoor Circle planting at the school -- 1978, 2007, and 2014.
This event was successful because of the extra efforts of:
Steve Nimz, Arborist
Wayne Ogasawara, Mililani Agricultural Park
Stan Oka and Terri Koike, Division of Urban Forestry
Lloyd Shimazu and Lem Keomaka, Department of Education
Principal Evelyn Hao and the faculty, staff and student at Kuhio Elementary
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