By Nina Wu
Here's your chance to vote for where Patagonia's $5,000 should go.
Each store has selected three local groups that have done something extraordinary to help restore or protect the environment. Now it's up to you to select the group you feel has made the most impact. First place winner receives $2,500; second place $1,500 and third place $1,000.
Votes are taken by person in-store. You have until March 31 to place your vote.
Nominees for the Honolulu store are:
Kakoo Oiwi — Community based non-profit working on a taro restoration project. The group has a 38-year lease with the Hawaii Community Development Authority to transform fallow land in He‘eia into a working agricultural landscape
Paepae O He‘eia — Friends of the He‘eia Fishpond. Private non-profit dedicated to caring for the He‘eia Fishpond working in partnership with landowner Kamehameha Schools.
Kai Makana — Non-profit aiming to educate and mobilize the public to better understand and preserve marine life and the ocean environment through youth mentorship and community-based programs. Since 2005, the group has lead efforts to restore Mokauea Island.
Nominees for the Haleiwa store are:
Hawaii Wildlife Fund — Non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Hawaii's native wildlife through research, education and conservation. Projects include beach cleanups, the Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project and Hawaii Island Marine Debris Removal.
Friends of Kaena – Dedicated to enhancing, maintaining and protecting the natural and cultural resources of the Kaena Area State Park for present and future generations. The group is working with NOAA, YWCA's Camp Erdman and others to teach fourth-graders about Papahanaumokuakea.
Save Haleiwa Beach Park Coalition — Supports the protection of Haleiwa Beach Park for the benefit of the public.
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