Aquaponics at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii – Presentation Review

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By Bridgette Hall
Aquaponics Association Intern

Hawaii is a beautiful place and has an amazing environment for someone interested in doing aquaponics outdoors.

Vernon Byrd gave the Aquaponics Association Conference a virtual tour of Aquaponics at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii. This presentation was filled with very beautiful images of aquaponic systems out in Kona, Hawaii.

At the University of the Nations they have the acronym LETS, which stands for Life Empowering Technology and Science. They apply this acronym to food, energy, and water/sanitation. The University has their aquaponics located in their “Natural Farm” . At the farm they are mission focused, they are testing and training, having low costs, and using natural methods to grow on the farm. Aquaponics checks every one of those requirements for the farm.

The original aquaponics system at the university were four DWC’s and two fish tanks in sheds. They now have many other systems including NFT and some aeroponic systems. They provide training for those who are interested in aquaponics. They are using tilapia and growing lots of leafy crops and vegetables with their system. The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, has a beautiful farm and is teaching new people everyday about the beauty of Aquaponics.    

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