Seven days to Earth Day

April 15th, 2011
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Countdown: Seven days to Earth Day.

If you want to get a jump start, there are a couple ways to celebrate early this weekend.

Saturday, Kewalo Beach Cleanup

Tomorrow (April 16), Scott Hawaii (makers of Scott slippers) is sponsoring Surfrider Foundation Oahu's beach cleanup at Kewalo Basin from 10 a.m. to noon (Saturday, April 16). Volunteers will be picking up trash from Ala Moana to Kewalo.

And guess what? Scott Hawaii will be donating slippers to volunteers, plus offering a free lunch.

Meet at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach Park (closer to Kewalo Basin).

pohinahina

Pohinahina is an easy-to-grow native Hawaiian plant. Photo by Nina Wu.

Sunday, Native  Plant Workshop, Kaha Garden, Kailua

When most people think of plants in Hawaii, they think of ginger, heleconia, and birds of paradise. While these plants are tropical, they're not actually native to Hawaii.

Think kupukupu ferns, pohinahina, and ‘akia — these are all native Hawaiian plants.

Learn all about native plants at a workshop on Sunday (April 17) sponsored by hui o ko‘olaupoko. From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., the workshop at Kaha Garden (750 Kaha St.) teaches you various propagation techniques, transplanting methods, and the ecological benefits of native plants, along with natural pest management. You need to email Kristen Nalani Mailheau at nalani@huihawaii.org or call 381-7202 to reserve your spot.

From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers are needed to put more than 200 native plants in Kaha Garden. Get a guided tour of the garden, and learn how to select the right plants for your yard, along with the cultural significance of the plants. Visit www.huihawaii.org for more information.

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