By Nina Wu
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.
What are you doing for Earth Day? Well, it turns out there are a couple of Earth Day events, starting today.
>> UH Manoa Earth Day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Thursday, April 19), the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Ecology Club is hosting workshops, music and community groups along the Legacy Pathway outside the campus's Environmental Center. From 11:30 to noon there will be a water catchment workshop, followed by composting from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and organic gardening from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chat with non-profit groups and community groups like the Surfrider Foundation, Sustainable UH, Hui o Ko‘olaupoko and Each One Teach One Farms. Solar companies, including Hawaiian Island Solar and Haleakala Solar, will also be on hand.
>> Party for the Planet: Honolulu Zoo celebrates Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday April 22. On Saturday, there will be hands on recycling in the zoo's volunteer garden, zoo animal talks and animal biofacts. On Sunday, there will be demonstration stations on worm composting, educational games and crafts from the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative, OISC and the Honolulu Zoo Society. Juice and ice cream for kids will also be available, courtesy of Meadow Gold Ice Cream. Visit www.honoluluzoo.org or call 926-3191 for more information.
>> Earth Day e-Waste: Pacific Corporate Solutions is collecting e-waste from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Drop off your computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, servers and telecom equipment at Kahala Mall (parking lot along Kilauea Ave.), Kapolei Shopping Center (Safeway parking lot) and Central Middle School (1302 Queen Emma St.). On Saturday, April 28, e-waste will be collected from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kaiser High School. All brands are accepted, but no TVs, microwaves or alkaline batteries, please. Visit ewastehawaii.com for more info.
>> Earth Day Beach Cleanup: Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii calls on volunteers of all ages to help with a large-scale cleanup of the coastal area from Makapu‘u to Kaupo Bay on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day). A large amount of marine debris washed up on the shoreline due to recent strong tradewinds. Volunteers check in at Makapu‘u at 9:30 a.m. where they will be organized into teams and assigned specific zones to clean. The debris will be categorized and quantified and reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Gloves, trash bags, sunscreen and water will be provided.
From noon to 5 p.m., volunteers are invited to visit Sea Life Park for a $5 entrance fee. The general public can also get a discounted entrance fee of $15 for adults and $10 for juniors (ages 3 to 12) with an empty Cocoa Cola product to be recycled.
There will be live music, games, face painting, educational displays, a raffle for prizes and guest speakers including Carey Morishige, Pacific Islands regional coordinator of the NOAA Marine Debris program. Enjoy music by the Honoka‘a Jazz Band at noon, as well as Mike Love and Paula Fuga.
>> Juice Mob: From 7 a.m. till noon on Sunday (Earth Day, April 22) Lanikai Juice at Kahala (4346 Waialae Ave.) is hosting a "Juice Mob." Proceeds will help students at Kahala Elementary School build a garden growing fresh fruits and vegetables.
>> Picnic for the Planet: The Nature Conservancy is attempting to set a Guinness world record for organizing the world's largest and most delicious Earth Day celebration by asking people to attend, host or donate to a picnic. Anyone can participate. Visit www.nature.org/earthday/index.htm for more info. In Honolulu, The Nature Conservancy is organizing a picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday (April 22) at He‘eia Pier Deli (46-499 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe). Meet at the banner.
>> "The Big Fix": See a screening of "The Big Fix," a film by Josh and Rebecca Tickell of Green Planet Productions which examines the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the gulf (two years later) from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at Fresh Cafe in Kakaako (831 Queen St.). Cost is $8 online (available at www.ticketleap.com) or $10 at the door. See a trailer here.
>> I Ride Campaign. Throughout the month of April, the Blue Planet Foundation is going to tag bikes with a handmade thank you card, thanking bikers for reducing fossil fuel consumption. McCully Bicycle is donating 15 Duravision Pro LED safety lights to some of these bikers.Visit blueplanetfoundation.org/bike for more information.
>> Grow Hawaiian Festival. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, the Hawaiian Electric Co. presents the 5th annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum. There will be keiki games, a native plant sale from Hui Ku Maoli Ola, advice from master gardeners, Hawaiian craft demonstrations, a special guest presentation by Sig Zane, live music, hula and information about energy conservation. Visit growhawaiian.heco.com.
>> Keiki Earth Day: Baby Awearness at Manoa Marketplace hosts Keiki Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Sing with Uncle Wayne, tour a mini farmers market, make smoothies and participate in make-and-take craft activities. Learn about cloth diapering and baby wearing techniques. Purchases on this special day are 10 percent off, while Baby Awearness Xchange purchases are 25 percent off.