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Mililani students help reduce food waste

Recently Mililani High School students testified to legislators in support of HB 2083, introduced by Representative Tirsh La Chica (D, Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Koa Ridge) which would require the Department of Education to establish a pilot program for a plant-based meal program one day a week and to reach a local farm to school meal goal of thirty percent of food served to students by 2030. The bill did not advance but the students remain dedicated to the cause in an effort to reduce food waste and have healthier outcomes for youth in their community.

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Pictured are Mililani High School students (L-R) Miki Haitsuka, Alastair Domingo and Jayda Sakoda in science class. The trio all testified in support of the bill.
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Pictured is science teacher Jennifer Kuwahara with students Alastair Domingo (L) and Jayda Sakoda (R).
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Pictured is Mililani High School science teacher Jennifer Kuwahara.
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Pictured is a student throwing away a tray after lunch near the cafeteria.
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Pictured is a discarded tray upon a full trash bin near the cafeteria at Mililani High School. The science students maintain a composting program but can only compost a portion of the 30 to 100 lbs of food waste produced at the school everyday.
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Pictured pulling a tarp back over a thermal compost pile are science students (l-r) Miki Haitsuka, Alastair Domingo and Jayda Sakoda.

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