By Nina Wu
Every Friday evening for the month of September, the non-profit group, Hale Kipa, is holding a CFL Exhange fundraiser at Kakaako Makai Marketplace.
Hale Kipa will man a booth at the market where you can swap your incandescent bulbs (which are slated to be phased out next year, by the way) for CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) courtesy of the Blue Planet Foundation.
Blue Planet provides Hale Kipa with 1,000 of the CFLs, and pays 40-cents for each light bulb exchanged. Hale Kipa in turn will be able to use those funds to support local youth at risk programs.
If you're interested in learning more about how your group or non-profit can raise funds through Blue Planet's CFL Exchange Program, click here.
Kakaako Makai Marketplace is a new farmers' market focused on promoting local Hawaiian aloha, produce, artisans, fishermen chefs, farers, crafters, performers and historians. It defines itself as a "sustainable and green marketplace" where GMO products, Styrofoam and non-biodegradable plastics are kapu (forbidden).
Some of the vendors include Aikane Coffee from Ka‘u, Baker Dudes from the North Shore, Khamphout Farm, Leialoha's Coconut Creamery, Ono and Pono Foods and Farm Fresh Hawaii.
Besides a beginning hula and Hawaiian language class, the market recently decided to add ukulele classes on Friday nights.
The marketplace meets Fridays from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park (mauka area) and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kakaako Makai Piano Lot.