We’re visiting the flourishing aquaponics community in Waimānalo. We check out some backyard aquaponics systems to see what people are growing, and we talk to agriculture professor Ted Radovich, who shows us the aquaponics systems at the Waimānalo Learning Center where University of Hawaiʻi (UH) researchers are working to improve aquaponics techniques and sharing their research with the community. We also catch up with UH public health researcher Jane Chung-Do, who is studying the societal impacts of aquaponics—from improved diet, to enhanced family and community connectedness. And, we visit The Aquaponics Place with Travis Sato to learn about the size, costs, and equipment needed to get started.
The guiding force behind the Waimānalo aquaculture movement is community leader, certified master gardener, and native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, Ilima Ho-Lastimosa. We start off talking to Ilima in her own backyard.
- Grade 5: Ecosystem Cycling
- Grades 5-12: PBS LearningMedia
- Video: Farming the Aquaponics Way
- Grades 9-10: Hawaiʻi Department of Education
- UH News Introduction to Home Aquaponics with Clyde Tamaru (5 minute video)
- MALAMA Waimānalo Aquaponics: Mini Ahupua’a for Lifestyle and Mea’ai through Aquaponics: A community-participatory and culturally-grounded research project based in Waimānalo.
Ke Kula Nui O Waimānalo (KKNOW): Grassroots non-profit in Waimānalo with the mission to provide a community of practice through the collaboration of Kānaka to promote strong and healthy ahupuaʻa.
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaiʻi (UH)
- Waimānalo Research Station and Learning Center
- Maximizing Taro Corm Production in Aquaponics
- How to build your own aquaponics bell siphon
- Ola Hawaiʻi and MALAMA / CTAHR Aquaponics Photos by Deborah Manog
- Aquaponics Food Safety
- Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health, UH Mānoa
- The Aquaponics Place, Waimānalo
News Articles About MALAMA Aquaponics and Related Research
UH News: Ola Hawaiʻi Research
UH Mālamalama Magazine: Aquaponic systems grow food sustainably
- UH Foundation: Queenʻs Partnerships Promote Native Hawaiian Health
- Hawaiʻi Public Radio: Why Backyard Aquaponics Seen As One Path To Better Health For Native Hawaiians
- Civil Beat: Oʻahu Nonprofit Uses Backyard Aquaponics To Promote Healthy Eating
Research shared in this episode and Waimānalo food sovereignty work supported by:
Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Queen’s Health Systems
Community Change Leadership Network
Department of Land and Natural Resources
First Nations Development Institute
Hawaiʻi Community Foundations
Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund
KUA (Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo)
National American Agricultural Fund
Papa Ola Lōkahi
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