Palolo Elementary School

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States

Project Team

Palolo Elementary School Students – 4th Grade


Holly Kiyonaga and Joyce Luka


Students at this elementary school located in Oahu’s Palolo Valley showcase the myriad ways that they are tapping the natural island bounty–the rainwater, sun, fruits, and trees–to increase sustainability and keep Hawai‘i beautiful.

#4 Palolo School  Malama Honua-Teamwork in the Worm Bin-3

Real Life Solutions: Reduce and Reuse

See how this class learns about worming, fishponds and other practical ways to care for the land while solving life problems.


Harnessing Hawaii’s Natural Resources

These students discover the several resources readily available to them to help meet their everyday needs.


  1. lauren b.
    September 8, 2016

    I think it is amazing how young students are utilizing resources instead of wasting them. Living on an island like Hawai’i, people have extremely limited resources so it is important to sustain them.

    • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
  2. sydney kula
    September 7, 2016

    I have been very interested in rainwater collection as a means for sustainability also. Last year I visited Tanzania to learn about and help build rainwater harvesting systems with Save The Rain Organization. is the website worth checking out. For the people in rural Tanzania, they have to walk miles to find water, especially during the dry season, and the water they gather is not even clean. The benefit of a properly built rainwater harvesting system with a filter is entirely sustainable and lasts a lifetime if maintained well. I do believe there is a future for these systems with more research. Thank you for sharing your project and taking initiative to help the environment.

    • Your School Name: scarsdale high school
  3. emily m
    September 7, 2016

    This is a really interesting project. I like how you are using local resources from Hawaii to promote sustainability and solve environmental problems. Hawaii is beautiful!

    • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
  4. bruno t
    September 7, 2016

    This is very cool! It is great to see many students from different places trying to help their environment by using things like solar panels to obtain energy. I’m really impressed that you all managed to make an efficient system for collecting water! Locating a place for proper runoff isn’t easy. I find it really interesting that plants from different places have alternate purposes. I’m amazed they can be used as medicine. I hope this project continues to support your environment flourish!

    • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
  5. t. lee
    September 6, 2016

    Using what the island offers to sustain themselves and keep the environment clean and untainted is a very efficient idea. Solar panels for energy would be an obvious choice, considering they are in Hawaii after all. But using rain water as well as the different fruits, berries, and trees for medicinal and economical purposes is a very well-thought out idea that really emphasizes sustainability.

    • Your School Name: Cebu International School
  6. kim sang woo
    September 4, 2016

    Appropriate Technology. I really interested in this technology. But in Korea, it is not focused by people. So i hope that it become popular.

    • Your School Name: Gyeongbuk Highschool
  7. john neering
    September 3, 2016

    I love the rainwater collection system as we head into more and lengthier drought cycles. The solar pv systems are a no brainer, especially for places like Hawaii. Not only are we helping the environment but it is cost effective to the point of saving money for those who use them.

    • Your School Name: Scarsdale HS
  8. kyuhee jo
    September 2, 2016

    my students are very impressed with all the works, especially the rain water collecting. We often forget how important and precious the water around us, and rain collecting is a very simple and wonderful way to remind us of the significance of water. thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Your School Name: Deokin elementary school
  9. 김호영 (kim ho young)
    August 31, 2016

    I think protecting Earth like this way is very easy and unique. Especially using lots of plants is not a common way. In our country there are lots of ideas using complex technology but I think we didn’t put them into practice.
    I think we need to descend from ideas to practice and these practices are good example.

    [Kim Ho Young, Kyung-Bok High School, Seoul, South Korea]

    • Your School Name: 경북고등학교
  10. w. sohn
    August 31, 2016

    Good idea to take advantage of Hawaiian beauty! It is absurd to use environmentally harmful equipment to generate electricity or create other things. Hopefully, your project will encourage other regions to find more eco-friendly way to live, such as harnessing renewable energy. Well done!

    • Your School Name: Cebu International School
  11. mia
    August 29, 2016

    Sustainable practices are especially crucial in places, like Hawaii, that are susceptible to various elements that are coming about due to climate change. Therefore, as you have outlined in your presentation, making use of abundant things, like sunshine, water and plants is necessary.

    • despina
      August 29, 2016

      It is great that you are able to use the resources that are available to you in Hawaii and make something productive out of it. I can’t say I’ve ever been to Hawaii, but I’m sure it is important to protect the natural beauty.

      • Your School Name: ANU
    • claire
      August 28, 2016

      Being in Hawaii, it is important to care for our environment, and as demonstrated in this project, what better way than by utilising our natural resources! Great Job!

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