Waikiki Aquarium educates keiki about the oceans on World Oceans Day, which is Saturday, June 8. Photo courtesy of Waikiki Aquarium.
World Oceans Day is Saturday, June 8.
Living in Hawaii, it's natural for us to think about the health of the ocean every day — at least I hope so.
Just this morning, I was driving on the highway behind a really cool, vintage red car when the driver flicked a cigarette butt on the road from the window. I was thinking to myself, that cigarette is probably going to get washed down the roadway and end up in the ocean. I was admiring the car until it happened. I wish the driver would have used an ashtray.
That's why we need more awareness.
The world's ocean generates most of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate and provides limitless inspiration (not to mention recreation for surfers, paddlers, divers, etc.). We need to take care of it.
Here's a rundown on some events happening around Hawaii in June, World Oceans month:
>> Saturday, June 8, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Aina Haina Public Library, 5246 Kalanianaole Highway: Aina Haina Public Library celebrates World Ocean Day with a talk on "Protecting the Ocean and Our Health — Plastic Reduction Solutions" by Suzanne Frazer, co-founder of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai‘i. Free and open to the public, with door prizes from B.E.A.C.H.
>> Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon, World Oceans Day at the Waikiki Aquarium. 2777 Kalakaua Ave: Learn about shark tagging, water quality testing, watch an ocean-themed Dr. Seuss film and enjoy a special performance of "Honu by the Sea." Activities included with Aquarium admission. Also, don't miss the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival at the Aquarium which will offer "What Makes a Fish a Fish" (June 12), "Dive into Diversity" (June 19) and "Who Lives in the Sea?" (Jun 26)
>> Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon at Fresh Cafe's Loft Space, 831 Queen St.: Zumba fundraiser featuring Suelang Watson. Zumba, refreshments, raffles and a leotard contest (for both men and women). Cost is $10. Proceeds go to Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
>> Saturday, June 8: Lucid Publishing is offering free downloads of educational children's book by award-winning author Monika Mira, including "Fun Fish Facts for Kids," "Coral Reefs" and "Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles." on Amazon Kindle. Also you can visit www.lucid-hawaii.com to get free coloring sheets with tips for coral reef conservation.
>> June 10 to 27, Ka ‘Ike o Ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean at Honolulu Hale. Special exhibit of educational displays and artwork celebrating National Oceans Month. Free.
>> Saturday, June 15: Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and Surfrider Foundation host a 9 a.m. beach cleanup at Diamond Head. Tickets to the Damien Marley and Santigold Concert that night will be given away at the end of the beach cleanup (winners must be present to win).
>> Friday, June 21, 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Kailua District Park (21 S. Kainalu Dr.): Kailua Full Moon Concert partners with Hui O Ko‘olaupoko to offer a free concert featuring Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa and Saloon Pilots. The family-friendly event will also offer food vendors and a free bike valet. A $5 donation is welcome. Proceeds benefit the environmental restoration work of Hui O Ko‘olaupoko (which aims to protect ocean health by restoring the ‘aina mauka to makai).
It's cool to click on worldoceansday.org/2013 and find that events are happening all around the globe — from Asia to Central America, Europe, the Middle East and South America.
And no matter where you are, if you have online access, you can participate in the World Oceans Day Twitter Wave. The message "~Join us in doing the wave across twitter in honor of #WorldOceansDay! Make a promise to do 1 thing for the ocean~" will be shared at the same time. Just click on Twitter or Facebook to share it automatically.