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BI304: Human Nutrition

Palolo Elementary, Papakolea, Lanakila Pacific, POP@POLC, & the CUH Garden

Palolo Elementary's Science Curriculum on Medicinal Plants & Nutrition: 3 teams (2-4 students each)

The students at Palolo Elementary School are learning about the use of Hawaiian plants as medicine. They are also working to grow the plants, to label them appropriately around campus, and to use them in healthy recipes. Visit their website and scroll down to view the video, so that you can see what kinds of activities are being done.[where it says "The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation presented Palolo Elementary with the 2013 Tom Adams Award"]

As BI304 volunteers, you can help teach the keiki as guest instructors in the classroom. Sessions should be 45 minutes to 1 hour long. Possible topics include the basic science behind high blood pressure and other ailments, as well as the properties of the plants that make them effective as medicine. You may also teach about the nutritional properties of the plants. Additional options are to create educational games and/or to develop simple recipes that are kid-friendly.

1. Determine your team’s availability to orchestrate your lesson & activities in the classroom. (ie: Mon/Wed/Fri 9am-12pm)
2. You will receive an email announcing which teams are able to be scheduled at Palolo. The teachers will include requests for nutrition-related presentations.
3. You can use these as guidelines for a writing a proposal for your presentation/activity. Email your proposal to by September 25th. This doesn't mean you have to have everything complete at the time; you just have to outline your plans, based on the guidelines.  Candice will help you work with the principal to set up details.

Healthy Cooking Workshops - Pili Ohana, Papakolea: 5 teams of 2-3 students each

Continue your relationship with Papakolea by volunteering to teach kupuna how to make healthy food choices and “cook healthy.” You should look at local food and what people LIKE to eat, and adapt those dishes to address the health concerns of those with diabetes and heart disease. (ie: Can you find a recipe for low-sodium chili pepper water?) You will be demonstrating/developing recipes that address the following considerations
- They should be "ono!"
- They should be culturally desirable recipes
- They should be affordable, and relatively quick/easy to make
- They should be "good" for diabetics and those with hypertension/heart disease

All presentations should educate kupuna about nutrition, its relation to the aforementioned health concern, and hot to make healthy choices. As one component for ALL presentations, include information about an app that elders can use to promote health/good nutritional choices, relevant to your topic. (Research & perhaps testing will be needed in your preparation for this.)

All sessions are 6:00-7:30pm. Arrive EARLY and bring your timesheets.

Step 1: Form teams of 2-3. Choose one orientation session.

Monday – September 8 – Orientation at Papakolea Community Center

Wednesday – September 9 – Orientation at Papakolea Community Center

Step 2: Choose two of the following:

Monday – September 15 – Healthy Appetizers

Wednesday – September 17 – Healthy Appetizers

Monday – September 29 – Healthy Entrees

Wednesday – October 1 – Healthy Entrees

Monday – October 13 – HOLIDAY OBSERVED

Wednesday – October 15 – Healthy Dessert

Monday – October 27 – Healthy Dessert

Wednesday – October 29 – Healthy Halloween Treats

Monday – November 10  –  Healthy Thanksgiving appetizer

Wednesday – November 12 – Healthy Thanksgiving side dish
Monday – November 24 –Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert

Step 3: Email your team info & orientation/shift choices to First come, first served. Assignments will be posted within the schedule above.

Step 4: Follow instructions & guidelines as described above. Email your presentation outline & materials AT LEAST 7 DAYS before your scheduled date. If revisions are requested, your second draft should be submitted as well. Send to BOTH and to your professor. Papakolea will fund your ingredient purchases after approval.


Nutrition & Health Workshops @ Lanakila Pacific's Group Dining Sites for Seniors: 10 teams of 2-3 students each

After receiving an email confirming your participation in this project…

1.   Complete the Lanakila Application form (background check & TB clearance will be obtained through nursing). Send to Candice by Friday, 9/12/2014. Lanakila Application Form

2.   Sign up for shifts in teams of 2-3 students. You need to do 2 presentations, so pick 2 time slots across the open sites. Specify your names & your topic (A or B; see below). Email this to

Each site can offer ONE OF EACH of these topics:

A)  Special nutritional needs for older adults. Common, easily obtainable supplements. Foods that “combat” depression.
B)  Making healthy (yet tasty) choices if you have diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure (respectively). Considerations for certain healthy foods’ drug interactions.

Sign-ups are first-come, first-served. In the order they are approved, first names will be posted in the site list on this website. Check the website before signing up, to see which sites are still open.

3.  Develop your presentation &/or learning activity. It should be 45-60 minutes. Learning objectives should be practical &appropriate for elders, 60+ years old. Focus on your topic (A or B) and include an activity of some kind - try to be inclusive & facilitate interaction. As one component for ALL presentations, include information about an app that elders can use to promote health/good nutritional choices, relevant to your topic. (Research & perhaps testing will be needed in your preparation for this.)

4.  Email your presentation outline & materials AT LEAST 7 DAYS before your scheduled date. If revisions are requested, your second draft should be submitted as well. Send to BOTH and to your professor.

5.  Show up for service as scheduled, but arrive early to check in and set up. Bring your timesheets. Contact supervisor Connie Ganal AND your specific site leader if you are unable to fulfill your site commitment: 531-0555, ext. 229. (Site leader contact info is below.)

Sites/Times available:

1. Moiliili (located at the Moiliili Community Center, 2535 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826) Mon-Fri, 9:00-11am. Gerath Fukuya 955-1555

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2. Paoakalani (located at 1583 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, near Punahou & Kalakaua) Mon-Fri, 9 -11am. Laura Santiago 295-3729.

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3. Hale Mohalu Senior Apartments (located at 800 3rd St., Pearl City, HI 96782) Mon-Fri, 9-11am. Joyce Davis/Connie Ganal 352-0294/352-0288.

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4. Waianae (located at Waianae District Park, 85-601 Farrington Hwy., Waianae, HI 96792) Mon-Fri 9-11am. Donna Semorile 342-2134

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5. Hauula Community Center (located at 54-010 Kukuna Rd., Hauula, HI 96717) Mon, Wed, Fri,9-11am. Connie Ganal/ Leona Chang 352-0288

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6. Kahaluu Key Proj. (located at 47-200 Waihee Rd., Kaneohe, HI 96744) Tues-Fri.,9-11am. Connie Ganal/ Leona Chang 352-0288

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7. Lani Huli Apartments (located at 25 Aulike Street., Kailua, HI 96734) Mon-Fri.,9-11am. Dolly Gualdarama 561-0822

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8. Wahiawa Rec Ctr. (located at 1139A Kilani Ave., Wahiawa, HI 96786) Mon-Fri.,9-11am. Connie Ganal 352-0288

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9. Waimanalo District Park (located at 41-45 Hihimanu St., Waimanalo, Hi 96795) Tues,9:30-11am. Connie Ganal 352-0288

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10. West Loch Elderly Village (located at 91-1472 Renton Rd. Ewa Beach, HI 96706) Mon-Fri.,9-11am. Gloria Allingag 352-0284

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Palolo Homes' POP Program, Nutrition Education & Cooking Healthy Meals: 4 teams of 3-4 students each

In NUR290, students conducted community-based research in Palolo Homes. We are invited to return to the Palolo Ohana Learning Center (POLC) in the heart of Palolo Homes, to address the needs found by the survey: the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. With these health issues in mind, students will use the foods available through the Food Bank (Wednesday distribution at Palolo Homes) to plan affordable, nutritious meals for the Palolo Ohana Program (POP), which meets on Thursday nights. You should be able to share a quick lesson about the recipes you choose and how they address the aforementioned health issues faced by the community.  Note that the Food Bank may not always have foods that are “healthy,” so you may have to cook/serve a less-than-ideal meal. You should still teach about its nutritional pros & cons, about moderation/portion sizes, and about affordable substitutions or modifications that could be made to improve its nutritional value. As one component for ALL presentations, include information about an app that individuals/families can use to promote health/good nutritional choices, especially in light of their common health issues. (Research & perhaps testing will be needed in your preparation for this.)

Step 1: Form teams of 3-4. Each team should choose 2 dates from the schedule below. Dates must be confirmed by Candice & your first names will be posted w/your dates.

2. Plan for your dates. You can use the kitchen on-site, as well as its pans, utensils, etc. Inquire about how to use the Foodbank’s distribution. You should do a site visit and/or talk to POP leaders well ahead of time to plan. Ms. Kat Lobendahn & Dr. Ulla Hasager are your points of contact for planning.

3. Contact Kat & Dr.Hasager for updates on the number of families participating on your date, and info on ingredients available. During dinner, you will present your 15-minute 'lessons' about the nutrition/health related aspects of your dishes, etc. Instructions for content are in the description above. You can create posterboards or handouts to supplement your lessons. Email copies of your material & your 2 presentation outlines to   

4. On your dates, report to the POLC by 4:30pm to prepare your meal. Bring your timesheets. Be ready to serve & present at 6pm. Stay to participate & clean up. 7:30pm is your end time.


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The Chaminade Garden: 10-15 students

This work is project-based. You will be held responsible for completing the work assigned to you. Focus on garden-to-table concepts, and techniques for growing the most healthy, nutrient-rich produce. Plan on learning some science, doing heavy lifting, and real WORK.  Possible assignments include compost aeration, building a commercial composting system, developing material for the facebook page, creating educational materials about nutrition (K-5th grade level), writing the educational materials that will be digitally linked to signage, planting seeds, watering, weeding.

Area A is located behind Kieffer Hall (between Kieffer and Hale Malia). Area B is located behind Marianist Hall.

Garden hours are based on Mr.Collier's availability as your site supervisor.
- Thursdays 12:00-4:00pm
- Fridays 10:00am-1:00pm


- Shifts must be 1-2 hours long (no shorter, no longer) Bring your timesheet for a signature at each shift.
- RSVP by email 7 business days before your requested shift. You must email Mr. Collier ( and indicate the date and time/s for your requested service shift in the Garden.
- You must be on the Garden roster in order to participate. Each BI304 student should be committed to only ONE project.
- If you show up WITHOUT having received email confirmation from Mr. Collier, you’ll be asked to leave.
- If you don’t show up for your requested shifts, and you do not notify Mr. Collier IN ADVANCE about your absence, you’ll be logged as a “no-show.” If you do this twice, you’ll no longer be allowed to participate at the Garden.
- Bring food, water, & sunscreen. Wear appropriate clothing. If you need to use gloves, please bring your own.