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HIGN annual symposium is June 7-8

The North Hawaii community is invited to attend the 6th Annual Hawaii Island School Garden Network Summer Symposium, “School Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Schools to Life and Life to Schools,” June 7-8, at the Gates Performing Arts Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Mala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School. The event is geared toward school garden teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, staff, volunteers, and interested community members.

Friday will consist of two keynote addresses and 12-15 breakout sessions. Friday evening will feature the West Hawaii premiere of the documentary Na Kupu Mana’olana - Seeds of Hope, Danny Miller’s new film on Hawaii’s agricultural history and promise. Saturday will begin with a buffet breakfast and orientation at the Gates Auditorium, followed by tours of up to six school gardens in the Waimea area, and culminating in a special garden luncheon at Mala‘ai with Slow Food Hawaii. The symposium will conclude after lunch on Saturday, June 8, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dilafruz Williams, is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University. She has studied the effects of ecological education on academic achievement and social skills acquisition for more than 20 years. Dilafruz also served as chairwoman of the board of the Council of Great City Schools, comprising 66 of the nation’s largest school districts. Registration is $50 per person and includes breakfast and lunch each day, as well as conference materials. For more information contact Nancy Redfeather at

A full schedule can be found at