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Over 500 elementary students got hands-on with agriculture and the environment

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PEARL CITY, Hawaii -

It's Agriculture and Environment Awareness Day and students were invited to play and learn at the Oahu Urban Garden Center Friday.

Over 500 elementary students walked through the many interactive exhibits filled with plants and animals, witnessed how to extract honey from the comb, dug into different types of soil and even got to eat chocolate right next to the very plant that it was produced from. 

"It's just so wonderful to see kids being excited about agriculture. We wanted to really show them how important agriculture is and how important it is to produce food. So when we see kids excited about it, this is fantastic," Ania Wieczorek, associate dean for academic and student affairs said. 

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources hosted the 2018 event, where students and teachers from the central district of Oahu were given an arena to get hands-on and learn outside of the classroom. 

Awareness day serves to create a greater understanding of agriculture and acclimates our keiki to native species, xeriscaping and more. 

Gigi, a fifth grader, moved from Washington to Hawaii a few years ago and says the change in scenery has diffidently sparked her interest to how much more she can do to keep Hawaii beautiful. 

"I'm excited about lots of things animals do to help pollinate and to see how the world works," Gigi Kanaap, Wheeler Elementary fifth grader said. 

The annual event hopes to introduce students to career opportunities in agriculture and environmental studies on Oahu and throughout the state.