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Business students put on ecotourism exhibit

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Date: Friday, August 13, 2004
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Students of the 2004 University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Business and Economics’ Sustainable Tourism class, with support from the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management and the Hawai`i Forest and Communities Initiative, present “Ho‘oulu ka ‘Aina Aloha,” or to “Nurture the Abundance of the Land with Love” exhibit currently on display at Restaurant Kaikodo in Hilo. The exhibit, inspired by John Kekua, is based on the traditional ahupua‘a mountain-to-the-sea environmental management concept.

Students partnered with Jack Jeffrey of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and Larry Katahira from the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project to present the display that takes viewers through the wa‘a life cycle from planting koa seedlings and forest management, to harvesting the trees and carving the canoe, to the ocean resources and the sport of paddling, and the benefits of personal and environmental health.

The exhibit is open to the public through the month of August during restaurant hours, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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