So much to do, so much to learn about, during Earth month 2013.
In case you don't know the history, Earth Day, originally founded on April 22, 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, is celebrated every year. It seems to have evolved in past years to Earth Month, as many community groups plan events throughout April.
Of course, Earth Day should be every day.
Opportunities abound, whether you want to participate in a beach cleanup, catch a movie about the history of the environmental movement or learn more about the impact of marine debris on humpback whales. Set up a worm compost or get a haircut supporting the cause of clean water.
The following is a sample of just a few Earth Day events planned this month in Hawaii (There's lots happening on Saturday, April 20):
Earth Day beach cleanup and celebration
>> 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20 at beaches spanning from Sandy Beach to Pyramid Rock. Show up at the beach accesss of choice to sign in. Supplies provided. Visit sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org.
>> Noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20, enjoy an Earth Day Celebration at Sea Life Park’s Makapu‘u Meadows with games, guest speakers and live music. Admission is $5 for beach cleanup volunteers. Those who did not volunteer can bring an empty Coca-Cola product to be recycled at the ticket booth for a 50-percent discount admission of $15 for adults; $12 ages 3 to 11. Sea Life Park is at 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway. Visit www.sealifeparkhawaii.com.
Grow Hawaiian Festival
>> 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St. Learn kapa making, lauhala weaving, laau lapaau (healing with plants), get information on energy conservation, enjoy keiki learning activities, musical entertainment and hula. Free admission for kamaaina and military with valid I.D. Call 543-7511 or visit growhawaiian.heco.com.
Honolulu Zoo Earth Day
>> 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at Honolulu Zoo, 151 Kapahulu Ave. Family friendly Earth Day celebration will offer educational posters, coloring books and keiki activities. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary booth will share information about humpback whales, the disentanglement program and children’s marine science activities. Zoo admission required. ($14 adults, $6 children 3 to 12, kamaaina and military rates available). Visit www.honoluluzoo.org.
Green Saturday at Manoa Public Library
>> 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20 at Manoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Dr. Malama Manoa demonstrates how tumbler and worm composters work, along with an exhibit of popular chicken types. There will also be giveaways of kalo, ti and ko. Enjoy recyclable craft activities for all ages. Bring a HI-5 can or bottle to receive a “Lucky Draw” raffle ticket. Free. By the way, if you walk or bike to Manoa Public Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, you get a free DVD rental and Lucky Draw ticket. Call 988-0459 for more information.
Windward Mall Presents "Face of Climate Change"
>> 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Windward Mall. Earth Day activities, educational booths and eco-friendly crafts provided by local community organizations. Learn about climate change, ocean sciences and more. The Nature Conservancy presents keiki poster contest awards. Performances by Halau Hula o Leilehua and concert featuring Taimane Gardner.
Earth Day at Pearl Harbor
>> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Hickam Harbor Marina on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Free. Participate in Earth Day kids’ games, learn about boating safety, humpback whales and the disentanglement program. Special guest appearance by “Coastie” the friendly Coast Guard boat. Open to Navy Exchange patrons and those that can obtain access to the base. Free. Call 449-5215 or visit www.hookelenews.com.
Screening of "A Fierce Green Fire"
>> 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St. Screening of "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet," directed by Mark Kitchell. Documentary covers the broad scope of environmental history, exploring both grassroots and global activism from 1960s to the present. Celebrity interviews include Robert Redford, Meryl Street and Ashley Judd. Shows again at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Buy tickets online ($10,$8 museum members).
Family Film Sunday: "For the Beauty of the Earth"
>> 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St. Screening of "For the Beauty of the Earth," (54 minutes, ages 8 and up) a collection of live action and animated shorts from around the world about our ever-changing planet. Program is designed to make kids think, ask question and come up with new ways to honor Mother Earth. Buy tickets online ($10,$8 museum members).
Nature at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden
>> 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden, 45-680 Luluku Rd. in Kaneohe. The garden invites you to hike in the wetlands, catch and release a fish, meet an endangered waterbird and enjoy a picnic lunch. Free. Call 233-7323.
Earth Day Reef Awareness Weekend
>> 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at Haleiwa Harbor. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society invites volunteers welcome to participate in a beach cleanup in front of Jameson's restaurant. Divers are also welcome (but must sign up in advance at email@example.com). Free air will be provided by Deep Ecology Dive Shop. The Earth Day Reef Defense Launch Party takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the dive shop, with a 7 p.m. presentation from local reef expert Rene Umberger titled "Full Tanks & Empty Reefs — The Impacts of Hawaii's Reef Wildlife Trade."
Composting with worms
>> 7 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at Nu‘uanu Congregational Church, 2651 Pali Highway. Nu‘uanu Congregational Church's "Ulu Wai Ministry" invites you to a presentation by worm guru Ralph Rhoads from Bellingham, Washington. Rhoads shares the who, what, when, where and why about worm composting. The first 15 guests to sign up will get a free, green gift. Reservations required. Contact Velma at firstname.lastname@example.org or 595-3135.
Global Cut-A-Thon for Clean Water
>> 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday April 22 at Ho‘ala Salon & Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa at Ala Moana Center. Money raised from the Aveda Global Cut-A-Thon will go towards charities working on clean water initiatives. $30 donation for a 30-minute haircut (no blow dry). Make an appointment at 947-6141. Also, small plants will be on sale, with proceeds benefiting the Surfrider Foundation, Hawaii chapters.
Lecture: Marine Debris in Hawaii's Whales and Dolphins
>> 6:30 to 8 pm., Monday, April 22 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Architecture auditorium. Brenda Jensen, associate professor of biology at Hawaii Pacific University, presents “POPs and Marine Debris in Hawaii’s Whales and Dolphins,” including her team’s recent findings and research measuring persistent organic pollutants and marine debris in marine mammals. Free. Visit www.b-e-a-c-h.org/lectureseries.html.
Earth Day Concert
>> 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 21: Enjoy "Ground Zero," an Earth Day Concert at Lydgate Park on Kauai. The public is invited to learn about the A‘ole GMO movement. Listen to the Sacred Earth Choir, Love Tribe, Maz and the Mystic Bee at 3 p.m. followed by a potluck at 5 p.m. Visit the Ohana O Kauai Facebook page or call 808-652-6139 for more information. Free, with suggested donation of $10.
25th annual earth fair
>> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 19 at Hawai‘i Community College in Hilo. Free parking at the Manono Campus, 1175 Manono St. Free and open to the public.
More than 50 exhibits will be on hand at the 25th annual earth fair at Hawai‘i Community College. Enjoy hula, a trash fashion show, garden tours, live music by Ras Sparrow, Bill Rodriguez-Kawia, and Positive Motion and a presentation of “The Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle.” The college’s Forest TEAM Program and Agriculture Program is donating more than 1,000 free native tree seedlings and edible plants. Visit hawaii.hawaii.edu/eday.