Sustainability: A dynamic process which enables all people to realize their potential and to improve their quality of life in ways that simultaneously protect and enhance the Earth's life support systems.
Please see below for the latest "KMS Sustainability Newsletter" below for updates on how our KMS family is implementing and embracing being a sustainable community.
Sun Power for Schools
As an educational demonstration, the Kaimuki Middle School houses a 2KW photovoltaic system.
- For more information about the system, please see the Sun Power for Schools Site.
- Real-time data can be accessed through the Sunny Portal Site.
Invasive species are an ongoing issue in our state, particularly those that become pests to native plants and agricultural crops. Our students learn about the potential threats of invasive species, particularly those that affect us locally here on Oahu. Any sightings of invasive pests can be reported to the State Pest Hotline: 643 PEST (643-7378).
- The Coconut Rhinocerous Beetle is a quickly spreading pest that has been recently sighted in the Diamond Head area. See the Rhinocerous Beetle Flyer from CGAPS for more information.
- The Little Red Fire Ant is spreading through the islands. See the Little Red Fire Ant Flyer from CGAPS for information on how to detect these invaders in your home or recently purchased plants.
- Several types of invasive species pose threats to our native coral reefs. See the Invasive Algae Flyer from CGAPS for information on how to identify some of the most common invasive algaes we have in Hawai'i.
Waste-waters in our state are managed under a "MS4" system, meaning that we have separate sewer and storm drainage lines. Our school is located in the Waikiki watershed, and as such, all storm drains on our campus feed into the Ala-Wai canal. We strive to educate the KMS family about storm water issues through application of storm water signage, student-led PSA's, and student involvement in community clean-up service projects.
- For more information about the storm drain systems in Hawai'i, please see http://www.stormwaterhawaii.com/
- Management plans specific to our watershed can be found in the Implementation & Monitoring Plan for the Ala Wai.
- Thinking of heading down to the water? Check the PacIOOS Ala Wai Plume Model Ala Wai and Waikiki forecast models, particularly during and following periods of heavy-rain.
Climate Change is a dynamic world-wide issue that affects us on a local scale.
- See the 5th Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change for the latest global estimates
- Looking for a short synopsis? Dr. Greg Johnson from the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration has distilled the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report down to 11 illustrated haikus.
- For information regarding local impacts, please see the "Climate Change Impacts in Hawai'i" report from the University of Hawai'i Seagrant Program.