By Nina Wu
Ramsar World Wetlands Day is Saturday.
Learn all about the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex and how the wetlands are being restored for the endangered waterbirds of Hawaii at World Wetlands Day from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kailua Methodist Church, 1110 Kailua Rd.
The family-friendly event offers:
>> Bus tours of Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh (advance reservations recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org or 263-8008).
>> Walking tours of the lo‘i kalo at Ulupo Heiau
>> View images of Kawainui by nature photographer Nathan Yuen
>> Listen to Hawaiian perspectives on Wetlands, a lecture by Samual ‘Ohu Gon III, the Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i and Waimea Williams
>> Listen to guest speakers talk about managing water for wetlands, agricultural opportunities at wetlands, sea level change and wetlands and restoring wetlands for endangered waterbirds.
>> Listen to music by Hawai‘i Loa & Pila Nahenahe and performances by Halau Ha‘a Hula ‘o Kekau‘ilani Na Pua Hala ‘O Kailua under the direction of kumu hula Charlani Kalama.
>> Kama‘aina Kids will provide keiki activities and a climbing wall
>> Buy native Hawaiian plants, local food, artwork and T-shirts