The MauiNews – Thank you letter to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

From the January 2nd, 2011 issue of the MauiNews.

On behalf of the South Maui School Gardens Project of South Maui Sustainability and Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Program, mahalo to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens for generously donating plants to the Kihei Elementary School garden.

The large selection of Polynesian-introduced plants is being used to teach students about the original Hawaiian “canoe plants”: kalo (taro), ko (sugar cane), ‘uala (sweet potato) and ‘awapuhi kuahiwi (ginger).

We also appreciate staffers Tamara Sherril and Stephanie Seidman for taking time to provide plant names and cultivation information, and to prepare the plants for their new home; and Interim Director Anders Lyon for helping make these resources available to local schools.

Susan Wyche

South Maui Sustainability






Living Classroom at Kihei Elementary

Beginning Botanist – Learn what seeds need to grow. Study seed and developing plant parts. Grow vegetable starts from seeds and observe them in the classroom under different conditions, then bring them back for planting in the garden.

Good Bugs & Pest Detectives – Be a detective in the garden to learn about which bugs are considered beneficial, which ones are considered pests and why.

Compost Critters – Learn about decomposing critters, how they help to make soil from veggie scraps and yard waste and more!

We’ve Got Worms – Introduce your students to hundreds of soil helpers in our new worm farm. Learn basic anatomy of a worm in real life, bring your storytelling to the garden and dig into the wonderful world of worms.

Weather Trackers – Measure rain fall, wind velocity, direction, and check the temperature with our new weather vanes.

Math Alive – Math springs to life as students use their living classroom to measure the compost bin circumference and volume, count red & green tomatoes, subtract the difference or use multiplication to figure how many new plants grow from green bean seed pods.

Cycle of Life – Use the garden as a living classroom for lessons on life cycles. Compost old plants, collect their seeds, plant new starts and take them back to your classroom to study how they grow. Then, bring them back for planting days!

Using SlickrFlickr

Slickr Flickr is a WordPress plugin that has TONS of options that allow you to post from multiple flickr accounts, display photos in different ways, select photos based on tags, sets or as a album.   Here is the Slickr Flickr call to the same set as the previous post. You can include captions (from Flickr) and select by set or tags and have a gallery (default as shown), Galleria or slide show (see later). Also it allows you to specify any flickr user you want! You can even put a tiny photo gallery on your school’s page!

Flickr is a photo storage and sharing site. It is free for some amount of bandwidth each month. If you exceed that bandwidth (too many large photos!) you can upgrade for less than $30/year. These tools assume use of Flickr. You can also use programs like Picasa or upload limited photos directly to the site. But kids are so cute that you’ll have tons of photos so we recommend Flickr.

First I’ll leave off the square brackets [sqbr] to show you the “code” and then leave them in so you can see the result. API key shown is not a real key!
[sqbr] slickr-flickr id=”42776317@N03″ use-key=”y” api_key=”4cb00f193acb518cb00f193a761f409d7a” search=”sets” set=”72157625178339192″ thumbnail_size=”small” [sqbr]

[slickr-flickr  id=”42776317@N03″ use-key=”y” api_key=”46a1d535cb518cb00f193a761f409d7a” search=”sets” set=”72157625178339192″ thumbnail_size=”small”]

I also suggest that you usually add a link back to the Flickr slideshow with all the photos in the set. Here’s the code for that

View the entire slideshow (xx photos) on Flickr!

The Slickr Flickr Attributes (Parameters) are as follows:

  • id – the Flickr ID of the user – you can get this from
  • group – set to ‘y’ if the Flickr Id belongs to a group rather than a user (default is n)
  • use_key- set to ‘y’ to force the use of the API key (default is n) Since we will be using multiple flickr accounts, set to ‘y’
  • api key – your Flickr API key – this allows you to fetch up to 50 rather than just 20 photos – but only when searching tagged photos, groups or favorites not for sets or friends. To find or create your Flickr API key, login into your Flickr account, under menu item YOU, select Your Apps. You’ll see the cryptic key or set one up.
  • search – photos (default), groups, favorites, friends or sets
  • tag – identifies what photos to display – (but is ignored where the search is for friends, groups or favorites)
  • tagmode – set to ‘any’ for fetching photos with different tags – default is ‘all’
  • set – number of the photoset – used when search=sets
  • items – maximum number photos to display in the gallery or slideshow (default is 20)
  • type – gallery, galleria or slideshow (default is gallery)
  • captions – whether captions are on or off (default is off)
  • delay – delay in seconds between each image in the slide show (default is 5)
  • transition – slide transition time in seconds (only available in Slickr Flickr Pro edition)
  • start – number of the starting slide in the slideshow or ‘random’ for a random start (default is 1) – only applies to the slideshow
  • autoplay – on or off (default is on) – only applies to the galleria right now
  • pause – on or off – default is off
  • orientation – landscape or portrait (default is landscape)
  • size – small, medium, m640, large or original (default is “medium” but only use “original” or “medium” for galleries and only use “large” if you actually have large photos on Flickr – over 1024 width typically)
  • width – width of slideshow (only available in Slickr Flickr Pro edition)
  • height – height of slideshow (only available in Slickr Flickr Pro edition)
  • thumbnail_size – square (75x75px), thumbnail (100x75px), small (240x180px) – default is square
  • thumbnail_scale – percentage scaling factor – default is 100 – recommend the range is between 50 and 100 to maintain image quality and performance
  • photos_per_row – narrow the gallery to limit the number of photos per row – values would typically be in the range from 2 to 6
  • align – center, left or right (default is left)
  • border – show a border around the slideshow images – on or off (default off)
  • descriptions – on or off (default off) – show the photo description underneath the caption
  • flickr_link – on or off (default off) – make the caption a link back to the photo on Flickr
  • link – send the user to another URL when they click on the slideshow
  • attribution – line that can be used to credit the photographer above the slideshow or gallery
  • sort – date, title, or description
  • direction – ascending or descending – used when sorting photos

Here’s what the GALLERIA looks like.
[slickr-flickr id=”42776317@N03″ use-key=”y” api_key=”46a1d535cb518cb00f193a761f409d7a” search=”sets” set=”72157625178339192″ type=”galleria”]

And here is the slideshow!
[slickr-flickr id=”42776317@N03″ use-key=”y” api_key=”46a1d535cb518cb00f193a761f409d7a” search=”sets” set=”72157625178339192″ type=”slideshow”]

Here is a training video about an easy way to use Slickr Flickr

Photos From Work and Learn Day!

On the 2nd Saturday of each month, we have Work and Learn Day at Kihei Elementary or Lokelani Intermediate. It is great opportunity to contribute to the community, meet many of the teachers and exchange ideas about gardening. Plus, if there is produce to share from the garden, we share.

[slickr-flickr search=”sets” set=”72157626564623995″ size=”Medium”]

Note: Only 30 photos will show in this set.  See the full slideshow on Flickr.