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Art & Science of Recycling

2016 Art & Science of Recycling

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Goals: To increase resource awareness; to encourage recycling and sustainable practices in our community.

This program is sponsored by Recycle Hawaii with funding support from the Swain Barber Foundation. For more information contact Marsha Hee, RH Education Director, at or phone 985-8725.

Art & Science of Recycling Projects

Kahakai Elementary, Kailua-Kona - 10th Annual Recyclable Art Contest

Contest entries were displayed in the School Library from April 15 to May 5, 2016.

Participants: 450 students & 30 teachers in grades 1-5; 500-600 attended exhibit

Comments from Alisha DeGuair, Teacher & Event Coordinator:

“The goal for this schoolwide event is to raise awareness about what we throw away and put in to our landfill. It is to remind everyone in the community to Aloha Aina (love our land) and protect it for generations to come starting with our keiki. Students learn how to turn trash into art and look at it in a new perspective. Hopefully we will make a change for the better. This is a favorite of our school as far as contests go. Students look forward to it every year. K-5 create individual and group projects which are tied to an environmental issue and students come up with the best ideas about bringing awareness to these issues and how to help solve the problems our community is facing. Students choose their favorite three in each category and those advance to the Gallery Show in the library. Three judges come in and score the projects. Awards are given to the top three in each category in each grade level. Prizes are books donated by Title 1. Parents are invited to take a Gallery Walk of the projects. Classrooms also do a Gallery Walk through the exhibit."

Selected pieces from Kahakai Elementary’s 2016 Recyclable Art Contest & Exhibit - photo credit: Alisha DeGuair

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“Daisy” by Giana Carineo, Grade 1


The Sound of Art Ukulele by 5th Gr Group photo by Alisha DeGuair
“The Sound of Art – Ukulele” - Group Project:
Sahara Saville, Giselle Ibarra & Kiniko Jude, Mrs. DeGuair's Gr 5 Class


Math Battle by 5th Gr Class photo by Alisha DeGuair
“Math Battle” -
Mrs. Uchimura's 5th Grade Class

Jurors Choice The Giving Tree by 5th Gr Group photo by Alisha DeGuair
“The Giving Tree” - Group Project:
Nicoli Remo, Angelo Isidro, Coby Molina & Kekai Posolda, Mrs. DeGuair's Gr 5 Class


E.B. de Silva Elementary, Hilo - SuperBee EdVenture After-School Enrichment Program Recycle Arts & Crafts

“Green Bees” student projects were displayed in the School Library in April – May 2016

Participants: 10 students & 1 program aide/teacher in grade 1-2; 350-450 attended exhibit

Comments from Lynn Yoshida, Teacher:

“An exciting journey awaits as ‘The Amazing Green Bees’ help save the planet by re-using disposable household items, and “UP”cycling them into a variety of fun and creative projects! These projects are about creating an awareness of the need to waste not and students are encouraged to find use for any item before throwing it away. This year, students were given a Mystery Bag of assorted recyclables to take home over the Spring Break and come up with their own creation. They gave a Show n Tell of their one-of-a-kind masterpieces."

Selected pieces from E.B DeSilva SuperBee EdVenture After-School Enrichment Program:

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Exhibit in Library


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Mystery Bag creation A


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Mystery Bag creation B


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Pressed Flowers & Plants


EBdeSilva Class Creature 2016 photo by Lynn Yoshida
Class Creature 2016


K-12 students are invited to create art or functional forms with reusable/recyclable materials. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) connections are encouraged while working with various paper, plastic and metal materials. Completed projects from schools, homeschools and community groups on Hawai‘i Island and are put on display by participating groups. Reports & photos of completed projects are accepted by Recycle Hawaii for promotion via website and Environmental Education Week held annually in April around Earth Day.

Program Description: Grade preK-12 students create art, functional or inventive forms to share with others. Open to all schools, homeschools and community groups on Hawai‘i Island. Display/jurying and use of student work is at the discretion of participating group; taking place on campus or elsewhere in the community in April or May 2016. Project reports received by April 15, 2016 will be included in our program for Environmental Education Week April 17-23, 2016.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related projects adapt, reinforce and formulate STEM concepts; 2016 EE Week theme is: “Greening STEM, Rooted in Math”. Encourage STEM connections in the process of creating with reusable/recyclables. How many pieces or pounds of material used in your project are reused or diverted from the landfill? For STEM ideas, see NEEF’s educator section:

Criteria for Student Work:

1. Creation is original and completed by one or more students.
2. Composed of recyclable or reusable items with limited use of new materials/items.
3. Pieces reflect one or more of the following themes:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Preserving/Protecting Hawai‘i’s Natural Environment
  • Island Sustainability
  • Zero Waste

Register: submit Registration Form information between now and April 1, 2016.
Report: Submit Project Completion Report with up to 5 photos (include captions & credit) by April 15-May 6, 2016.

For information and forms:
Contact: Marsha Hee, 985-8725 ph/fax or  

Printable 2016 ASR Information, Registration & Project Forms here