Volunteer for the Aina

January 14th, 2013
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Pouhala Marsh is an important habitat for many native birds. Photo by Nathan Yuen, hawaiianforest.com.

Pouhala Marsh is an important habitat for many native birds. Here, ae‘o circle over the marsh. Help the Hawai‘i Nature Center clean up the marsh this month. Photo by Nathan Yuen, hawaiianforest.com.

Happy New Year!

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities that connect you with the aina, here are two great local opportunities:

>> Honouliuli Shoreline Service Project: The Hoakalei Foundation is hosting One‘ula, a Honouliuli Shoreline Service Project on Saturday, Jan. 26. Instead of lugging car parts, tires and construction debris, volunteers will focus on cleaning up small debris including plastic, glass, metal and litter that can easily be bagged for pickup at day's end. Volunteers will also be able to learn and explore some of the cultural heritage of the land and shoreline resources. Gloves and bags will be provided, along with water and lunch afterwards at about noon. Meet at 8 a.m. at the west side of One‘ula Beach Park. To pre-register or learn more, email kepa@hoakaleifoundationn,org or call 563-0787.

>> Pouhala Marsh wetland restoration: Help the Hawai‘i Nature Center with the cleanup and restoration of Pouhala Marsh in Waipahu. This 70-acre marsh is used for Hawai‘i Nature Center educational programs and is currently the largest remaining wetland habitat in Pearl Harbor. Service projects are scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 27, May 25 and June 22. Volunteers should bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen and  water and expect to get muddy. HNC will provide snacks and juice. To sign up or learn more, contact the center's volunteer program manager Pauline Kawamato at 955-0100 ext. 118 or volunteer@hawaiinaturecenter.org.

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