UHWO Increases Its Food System Focus

University of Hawaii-West Oahu has again received a grant from Kamehameha Schools’‘Aina-Based Education Department. The funds will go toward research and program development for a proposed academic concentration in sustainable community food systems (SCFS).

“This generous donation from Kamehameha Schools is being used to develop a program designed to improve the overall health and well-being of Hawaii’s people,” stated UHWO chancellor Rockne Freitas in a release.

“It falls directly in line with the missions of our two educational institutions, and we are looking forward to working together to create a more sustainable future for Hawaii.”

Nearly $300,000 has gone to SCFS, as well as UHWO Organic Campus Garden development, and an assessment of the Oahu food system by UHWO assistant professor and principal investigator Albie Miles.

UHWO’s Service Area Food System Assessment will evaluate inputs, production, distribution, processing, consumption and waste management of the food system.