The Hawai‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge

Completed Projects (2017-2018)

Impact in the 2017-2018 School Year


completed projects


student leaders


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For a complete list of completed projects in the 2017-2018 Challenge, click here.

See our final report from the 2017-2018 Challenge year here.

Akaʻula School: Molokai Electric Parade

Students at Akaʻula School on Molokaʻi realized that their community didn’t often get the opportunity to experience alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). Instead of bringing its residents to the cars, Akaʻula School decided to bring the cars to the residents! An AFV car show/parade will allow the people of Molokaʻi to view AFVs in person and learn more about the vehicles, increasing the likelihood of the community moving towards fossil fuel independence by 2045.

ʻIolani School: EcoGrindz

Although many people carry a reusable water bottle to decrease plastic waste, not many carry around their own forks, spoons, and knives. In an effort  to eliminate waste produced from single-use plastic utensils, an Iolani student designed a 3-D printed attachment for reusable water bottles containing reusable utensils.

Kawaikini NCPCS: Ka Momona O Nā Mea Kanu

Students at Kawaikini realized that their small Hawaiian immersion school had limited funds for science supplies, equipment, and field trips.  To attain funding in a way that was fun and interesting, these students decided to create an eco-business: distilling oils from native Hawaiian plants and selling their plant products. The students researched plants that could be processed for various uses and used the grant money to purchase labware for the distillation process. This is the second year these students have received funding to build their eco-business. In the 2016-2017 school year they received $500 to create handmade, eco-friendly paper products.

Volcano School of Arts & Sciences: KAULANA KĀWĀ

Since August 2017, 7th grader Ikaia and his classmates have been working at Kāwā Wildlife Park. Once a week the students take an hour-long bus ride to Kāwā to clear away invasive koa haole and Christmasberry plants that choke out the native plants, move stones to make walls to stop erosion, and plant naupaka and other native seedlings. These students noticed that many people are unaware of how special native plants are and decided to use their grant money to create hand-painted signs educating the community about each plant. Now, community members can not only recognize the native plants at Kāwā, but also learn more about them.

Project Videos

The students of two innovative projects created videos to share! Check them out below.

ʻIolani School: EcoGrindz

ʻIolani School student Hannah Hiraki 3-D printed reusable utensils and a matching case that attaches to a reusable water bottle. Hannah was also featured on KHON2 as a Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge award recipient. Check out her media spot here.

Laupāhoehoe PCS: Sustainability In Motion 1

Laupāhoehoe PCS student Oriah Nagahiro wrote and animated two animation shorts to educate peers about sustainability issues. Created with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe animator, this first video focuses on cows, methane, and climate change.

Laupāhoehoe PCS: Sustainability In Motion 2

Laupāhoehoe PCS student Oriah Nagahiro wrote and animated two animation shorts to educate peers about sustainability issues. Created with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe animator, this second video focuses on recycling.

Three exemplary student teams had the opportunity to showcase their 2017-2018 Hawai‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge projects during a special 1-hour forum called “Kids Creating Conservation Innovations: Students Share Their Hawai‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge Projects.” Each student team individually presented their project and participated in roundtable discussions with session attendees.

To watch the entire forum on Governor David Ige’s Facebook page, click the image below or follow this link:



Continued Stewardship

Students who are motivated to remain active in stewarding environmental and cultural resources.



Students who are encouraged to volunteer or serve their school or community.



Students who feel they improved their leadership skills.

Student Quotes

This project helped strengthen our communication, collaboration, and leadership skills, all of which will help us reach our future goals.
– Peyton Gillespie and Mary-Grace DeVera-Kuahuia (8th grade), Akaʻula School
Thus far, the project has given all of us a great, in-depth education on the components of such a large project, and the process of managing and planning it. It has also empowered us, giving a tangible display of what can happen if you want something enough and work for it, which we believe is education in itself.
– Annie Uesugi, Connor Carson, and Haley Nakamura (11th grade), Island Pacific Academy
I was able to learn more about sustainability, and to meet, collaborate, and gain more knowledge from people that share the same interest. What doing this project did is it made me step out of my comfort zone.
– Kamomikea Logsdon (11th grade), Campbell High School

The 2017-2018 Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge would not be possible without the support from:

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