Christian Liberty Academy Wins First Place in Community Division of the National Recycle Bowl School Competition

2016 Recycle Bowl Results and Awards for Hawaii – by Recycle Bowl Hawai’i

Recycle Hawai‘i congratulates all schools in Hawai‘i that competed in the National Recycle-Bowl (RB) School Competition held on October 17 to November 15, 2016.  Over the 4-week event, participating schools kept data of how much recyclables they collected to submit to Keep America Beautiful (KAB).  Their exemplary efforts diverted over 6513 pounds of paper, metal and plastic and 18,138 pounds of food scraps from the landfill, which conserves natural resources through recycling and composting.  

Christian Liberty Academy students: Jade Arellano, Chantal Koon, Maycie Kirkpatrick, and Roza Robinson

In April 2017, KAB announced results and winners for National Divisions, State School and Community Divisions according to rankings for ratio of pounds recycled and school population.  

Seniors – Jade Arellano and Chantal Koon

Pāhoa High and Intermediate School on Hawaii Island received a national title as Food Scraps Division Champion for collecting 16,850 pounds of food scraps which was utilized by local farmers.  The school receives a $100 gift card donated by Island Naturals Market & Deli, represented by owner Russell Ruderman and Connie Tayamen, Hilo Store Manager.

For the School Division, Pāhoa High and Intermediate tied with Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle on Kaua‘i for first place as State Winners. Students of Pāhoa’s Green Club and Work Readiness, led by teacher Nancy Iaukea, and Chiefess Kamakahelei’s recycling team, led by teacher Amanda Fretto, were responsible for their winning efforts. Both schools receive cash awards of $250 each.  In the Community Division by state ranking, Christian Liberty Academy was first place, led by teacher Lisa Mason, which receives a $100 cash award.

Cash awards were donated by local businesses Goodfellow Bros. Inc., represented by Edward Brown, Vice-President of Operations in Kona; Lex Brodie’s Tires & Service Center of Big Island, represented by Anita Tatum, Marketing Director; and Sustainable Island Products, represented by owners Julie and John Elkjer

Other participating schools in the School Division by state ranking were: Konawaena High, Ha‘ikū Elementary, Konawaena Middle and The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, plus Kalāheo Elementary in the Community Division.

All schools in Hawai‘i are eligible to register for the next Recycle-Bowl beginning on August 1, 2017.  For complete details, visit  This event is coordinated statewide by Recycle Hawaii, and Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful,; contact Marsha Hee, or (808) 985-8725.

Big Island students win Blue Planet Foundation’s Energy Innovation Design Challenge

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Big Island students win Blue Planet Foundation’s Energy Innovation Design Challenge

KEAAU, HI—This week, Blue Planet Foundation presented students at Christian Liberty Academy on Hawaii Island with a $2,000 scholarship for their winning video entry in the clean energy nonprofit’s second annual Energy Innovation Design Challenge.

Launched each year at Blue Planet’s Student Energy Summit in November, the Energy Innovation Design Challenge tasks students across the state with developing and testing prototypes of real-life energy innovations. Students team up to create three- to six-minute videos showcasing their ideas and prototyping their solutions, using the design-thinking methodology they learn at the Summit.

“The Energy Innovation Design Challenge gives students the opportunity to bring their ideas for Hawaii’s clean energy future to life and inspires them to turn lessons from the classroom into action in the community,” stated John Cheever, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Blue Planet Foundation. “This year’s winning team—an enthusiastic group of student athletes—impressed us with their creativity in tackling an everyday energy challenge at their school: efficiently cooling their gym for games and matches.”

Christian Liberty Academy Blue Planet Energy Innovation Design Challenge Winners
Blue Planet Energy Innovation Design Challenge Winners – Roza Robinson, Chantal Koon, Mary Pratt, and Rosalyn Allen.

Also known as Team “Atoms Family,” 11th and 12th graders Roza Robinson, Chantal Koon, Mary Pratt, and Rosalyn Allen accepted the award for their winning video at a ceremony at the school’s campus. They were joined by their teacher and advisor Lisa Mason, Blue Planet’s John Cheever, and Graceson Ghen from Hawaii Energy. Blue Planet partnered with energy efficiency experts at Hawaii Energy and engineers from Oceanit to make the Design Challenge a reality.

Team “Atoms Family” produced an inspirational video that walked through each stage of the design-thinking process: (1) empathizing by observing and developing an understanding of the problem of efficiently cooling their gymnasium; (2) defining the problem based on those observations; (3) ideating by generating as many ideas as possible for potential solutions; (4) prototyping by researching and building working examples of those ideas; and (5) testing their prototypes before repeating the process until they achieve a solution. In the end, the group of student athletes successfully tested a prototype for an energy efficient system—dubbed “Coolium”—to cool their gym during games.

A panel of distinguished judges—comprised of educators, community leaders, and clean energy experts—selected the winning team.

“With this initiative, we’re challenging tomorrow’s leaders to start creating the future today,” said Francois Rogers, Blue Planet’s Special Projects Director. “The dedication and imagination of these students show that they are already thinking about what’s possible for Hawaii’s 100% clean energy future. They’re ready to be part of the solution.”

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