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Seabury Hall Eight Grader Thomas chose aquaponics farming as his project.  As part of his research, he wanted to get hands on experience at a commercial aquaponics farm to learn the process of farming.  On the work day, Thomas was assisted by his Father.  Before starting, they received training on Food Safety and proper hand washing technique from our resident RN, Patty.  They then assisted in feeding the fish, cutting and harvesting the vegetables, inspecting the produce, washing the produce, prepped the produce for drying and packing for delivery to Whole Foods Market, and washing the floating rafts that supported the vegetables while growing in preparation for planting.  Good luck on your presentation Thomas!b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2207.JPG b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2208.JPG b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2210.JPG b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2211.JPG b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2212.JPG b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2213.JPG b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2214.JPG

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Dr. Bob Howerton's aquaponics class from Maui College recent visit.

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Pomaika'i Elementary is an amazing school with amazing students and teachers.  For more information see http://pomaikai.k12.hi.us/index.html

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John Kohler of GrowingYourGreens.com did the work for us.  He also included a lot of his ideas on organic gardening.  Thank you John!

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Kalewalani chose to do a presentation on Aquaponics for a class in the Sustainable Science Management program at the University of Hawaii Maui College, and visited our site as part of her research.  Before she left, she caught a large tilapia to cook for her family, as seen below.
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Steven from King Kekaulike High School volunteered more community service hours for his Senior Project on Aquaponics.  This coincided with one of the system air pumps going out as evidenced by lower than normal air output from the aerators in the fish tanks.  So Steven had an opportunity to repair a diaphragm air pump.  The 4 air pumps for the system are configured in a parallel array similar to a computer RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) for high availability.  When one of the air pumps shuts down, the total capacity of of system air is reduced by about 25%, allowing the system to continue to operate albiet at a reduced level.  The defective pump was identified by feeling the suction at the input of the air pumps, with the defective pump having no suction.   All of the air pumps are connected to the system through independent check valves to prevent air loss when a pump is removed.  Also, this type of pump is used because it is quiet enough for a residential urban farm.  A spare pump is kept to swap out the defective pump, and operation is resumed at 100% air capacity after the swap is made.  A repair kit with parts is kept to fix the defective pump once it is out of the system.  In this case, both diaphragms were broken, and Steven replaced them successfully. Good job Steven!
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King Kekaulike Seniors Mick and Steven doing their job shadowing for their senior project.

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Aquaponics students from University of Hawaii Maui College visiting on their field trip.  Instructor Dr. Robert Howerton led the group.   Also, you may see John Kohler from GrowingYourGreens.com who was here to shoot a video.

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Our Aquaponics Intern, Morgan, has been helping with the harvests since the beginning of last summer.  She also took care of our system while we were gone to Rarotonga for a week last year.  She is a student at the University of Hawaii Maui College.  We really appreciate her.  Thanks Morgan!

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Micah and Troy Job Sharing for their Senior Project on Aquaponics.

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Hi All.  I've finally updated my site and fixed some errors.  I've added the following Maui Sites to the tab on the Home Page:

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Maui Aquaculture and Aquaponics Association

Larry & Patty: Thank you for allowing me to visit your amazing system. I've never seen a more beautifully laid out AP farm. Very creative and functional.

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 Rarotonga

On July 9, 2013, I received a call from Tim Mann of Friendly Aquaponics, Inc., regarding a regional aquaponics meeting that was to take place on Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.   He was invited to give a keynote presentation at that meeting, but due to a scheduling conflict, was unable to attend.  He asked that I take his place, partly because my site was located on a sand dune in a hot, dry, windy place on Maui similar to many of the Pacific island locations, and I accepted.

Later, a copy of the announcement originally sent out by Richard Mann, Deputy Director General of the SPC, was received, the header of which began as follows:
“TO:    Representatives of Governments and Administrations of SPC Member Countries and Territories
SUBJECT:    SPC AQUACULTURE EXPERT CONSULTATION: Aquaponics for the Pacific islands region: review of opportunities and constraints. 23 – 27 September 2013, Rarotonga, Cook Islands…”

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Short video of the Aquaponics No Ka `Oi Backyard system, showing some pictures from 2011 (beginning video of koi fish, not tilapia).  See other videos at the Aquaponics Maui No Ka `Oi youtube channel. ^_^

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Have not posted this week yet -- it's been pretty intense with Walter and Bryson on site most of the time and my brother-in-law Rob, nephew Robbie, and 2nd son Isaac chipping in.

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The day after Independence Day, Walter took off -- he always takes Fridays off, anyway.  Bryson came, though and we finished off Trough#2.  We're on a 2 troughs, 3 day schedule but the full crew (Walter, Bryson, Malcolm) has not really been working all together at the same time.

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