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Captain Planet awards grant to Hawaii Forest Institute


The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the successful Captain Planet cartoon, has announced the Hawaii Forest Institute (HFI) has recently been awarded an educational grant of $2,500.

HFI will use these funds toward the Panaewa Zoo Discovery Forest Project.

“We are thrilled to present this award to the Hawaii Forest Institute,” said 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 Hawaii 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.”

Landscape Architect Leonard Bisel plants a seedling with Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Elementary School student.

“We are pleased to receive support from the Captain Planet Foundation. These funds will allow us to initiate Phase II of the Panaewa Zoo Discovery Forest, a forest demonstration project at the Panaewa 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 Hawaii 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.

HFI is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization incorporated in Hawaii in 2003. HFI’s mission is to promote the health and productivity of Hawaii’s forests through forest restoration, educational programs, and support for scientific research.

Founded in 1991, Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) was created to support hands-on, environmental projects for youth. CPF’s objective is to encourage innovative projects that empower today’s children to become environmental stewards.

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