Help stamp out rat lungworm disease

$11,092 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 39 months
Six months before my son contracted rat lungworm disease I was a public school teacher on Hawaii Island.  When he got sick I was volunteering with a small non-profit organization that works with communities near Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan Indonesia. I left the Borneo forest to live in a hospital for three months, helping my son to do the seemingly impossible.  Live.

 Three years after my son was released from the hospital he had recovered well enough that I could enroll at our local university and get involved with research on this parasite that  can cause such great damage.  Along the way I have met wonderful people whose lives have been changed by rat lungworm disease, and generous and caring people who are working to help prevent the disease.  These people, along with my children, family, and friends, provide the support and inspiration that makes this work possible.

I am now returning to work with students and teachers in the classroom.  Five public K-12 schools with school garden projects on Hawaii Island that are in or near to areas where infection has been confirmed are partners in this project.  We will evaluate invasive slug and snail populations, determine their infection levels, and test control methods to reduce slug and snail numbers in the gardens.  In collaboration with teachers and students we will develop academically challenging activities that will help improve student success in difficult subjects, such as science, technology, engineering, and math.  These knowledgable students will then become educators for their families and communities.

The management plan for invasive slugs and snails, and the curriculum developed, will be made available to school garden projects throughout the state.  This project supports school gardens, the grow local eat local movement, Hawaii's small farmers, and a food secure and sustainable Hawaii.  Mahalo to all of you for your support for this project.  Aloha.
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To all of the supporters of this project, we are sending you aloha nui for helping make this possible. On May 14th at 10 AM at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in room 108 in the Science and Technology building, the Kohala Center and the Hawaii Island School Garden Hui is hosting a 2 hour workshop to present the outcome of the project. My partner school teachers and some of their students will talk story and share their experience with the development of a management plan for invasive slugs and snails to reduce the risk of rat lungworm disease and spread community awareness. Please join us, the public is invited. RSVP to Donna Mitts at the Kohala Center. Mahalo nui loa to all of you who made this project possible! It was a huge success and we hope to keep it going.
Come a hear the outcome of this project!
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Since August we have collected a total of 3,727 slugs and snails at our five, partner school gardens and campuses. The greatest number of these were captured in Waimea, one of Hawaii's most important agriculture areas, growing cool weather crops such as lettuces and brassicas (kale, broccoli, etc.).
Using charts and graphs to tell a story.
Hunting for invasive snails, Waimea
Common pests in Waimea
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As the semester moves on, so do we. The students, teachers, and I are now in the community education phase of our project. This is authentic assessment at its finest. Go kids!! You are doing great! I am thinking that we need some rat, slug, snail, and worm costumes so we can do rat lungworm education at parades and events. Putting the "fun" in fundamental facts you need to know about the disease and prevention. Mahalo all for helping this project. Please continue to help our efforts to control invasive hosts of the rat lungworm parasite and keep Hawaii food secure.
I think we need costumes!
Waimea invasion of Cornu asperse
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Thank you all who have supported this project! Here are some stats for you to view of our invasive slug/snail removal. Key: KOKL= Kohala school, VSAV=Volcano, NAWA= Mt. View, LAUP= Laupahoehoe, KANU= Waimea.
Sept. 20 % capture rate, Waimea wins!
Sept 6 Mt. View was the champion
Good stuff for student data analysis.
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William Olkowski
31 months ago

Copper strips are barriers and ferrous ammonium sulfate is a bait that decomposes into a fertilizer.

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Created August 9, 2015
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$50
Anonymous
11 months ago
$5
Anonymous
12 months ago
JP
$100
Jacques Pryor
13 months ago

Mahalo Kay for all you are doing. You have helped so many- and you helped me so much in my RLW recovery. Much aloha from Hana. Leokane

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Anonymous
15 months ago
RF

Best of wishes, Kay, especially from Sandy.

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Anonymous
24 months ago
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26 months ago
JB
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Joy San Buenaventura
30 months ago
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Thank you for all that you do for the community.

CH
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Charles Hathaway
30 months ago
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This donation is from Liphatech Inc., makers & distributors of Metarex Slug & Snail Bait. We are proud to be able to contribute funds to help Integrated Pest Management (IPM) education and slug control efforts to reduce rat lungworm disease. In Hawaii, Metarex is available at BEI Hawaii & Crop Production Services (CPS) branches, and their dealers.

MH
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Michael Harvey
32 months ago

I support you I am a local noni juice seller come buy some time http://www.healingnoni.com/

William Olkowski
31 months ago

Copper strips are barriers and ferrous ammonium sulfate is a bait that decomposes into a fertilizer.

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