By Nina Wu
You have seven more days to go until Christmas. Looking for more green gift ideas? Here are some ideas that go beyond the conventional gift — but have an impact that is far-reaching and long-lasting.
Plant a Koa Legacy tree: For $60, you can plant a koa legacy tree on Hawaii island, whether in honor of an individual, event or to memorialize a loved one. The trees are tracked with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag with GPS tracking that provides a unique signature and includes the sponsor's name, honoree, date planted and location of the tree. You may visit the trees you have planted (with 2 weeks of advance notice). Price is $60 (with $20 going to the charity of your choice) Another $1 goes to The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii . Visit www.legacytrees.org.
Kealopiko Creations: Ke alopiko translates to "belly of the fish," and offers custom apparel from Hawaii Nei, including shirts, shorts and dresses with unique prints of plants and sea animals. The apparel is made up of 100-percent organic cotton, with eco-friendly dye methods and designed in Hawaii. Visit www.kealopiko.com or find them at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii or Flowerchild Boutique on Kapahulu.
Waterkeeper bracelet: Make a $50 donation to the Waterkeeper Alliance (The Voice of the World's Water) based in New York and receive a handmade Agate Bracelet with a stamped charm. Waterkeeper's mission is to provide a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water as well as the "wise and equitable use" of water resources, locally and globally.