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808 Earth Day Roundup

April 15th, 2016

Courtesy NASA, Captured by the MODIS on NASA's Terra satellite Jan. 2014.

Courtesy NASA, Captured by the MODIS on NASA's Terra satellite Jan. 2014.

Earth Day falls on April 22, 2016. Nowadays, people like to celebrate it during the entire month. But of course, Earth Day is every day.

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, with approximately 20 million people taking place across the U.S. through demonstrations in the streets or parks for environmental causes. The celebration has since gone global. If you're interested in learning more about Earth Day history, CNN Library offers some fast facts.

Here are some ways to celebrate in the 808 (Hawaii).

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, April 22: University of Hawaii at Manoa's Earth Day Festival offers an inspiring day of music, art, yoga and celebration of earth stewardship at the Campus Center and Legacy Path. Connect through Facebook.

9-11 a.m., Friday, April 22: Earth Day at Turtle Bay Resort. Celebrate Earth Day at Turtle Bay with a guided hike to Kahuku Point by the North Shore Community Land Trust followed by a beach cleanup, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check in at 8:45 a.m. at the Guidepost experiential center, Turtle Bay Resort. Cleanup followed by a complimentary light lunch. From 7 to 8 p.m. in the evening, free diver Ocean Ramsey conducts a Talk Story on shark conservation at Surfer, The Bar. ($5 donation requested).

8:45-11 a.m., Saturday, April 23: 8th Annual Ka Iwi Clean-Up: Clean the Ka Iwi Shoreline with Rep. Gene Ward, former Peace Corps Volunteers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Kaiser High School, Friends of Ka Iwi and 808 Cleanups. Meet at Alan Davis Wall. Picinic lunch to follow at Maunalua Bay. Bags, gloves and water provided.

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 23: Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo, Waikiki Aquarium. Interactive booths, including the Journey Home puppet show, a story about Apoha the o‘opu and friends, free native Hawaiian plants (first come, first serve) and complimentary water stations for guests who bring refillable bottles. More info at this link.

8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, April 23: Sea Life Park beach cleanup takes place across from the park on the other side of Kalanianaole Highway. Public is invited to help clean the shoreline. First 50 participants will be invited to visit Sea Life Park free of charge following the event, while others will be offered a special rate of $9.50 for the day. Please bring gloves and a bucket instead of plastic bags to store trash. Free parking at Sea Life Park lot. Show bucket to the attendant.

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Sunday, April 24: Magic Island Beach Cleanup. The Honolulu Museum of Art and Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation invite the public to join a beach cleanup at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park. Bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Check in at Picnic Site 30. Refreshments served at the end of cleanup.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 30: Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and partners bring you the Earth Day Festival and Ultimate Sand Sifter Competition. Check in time is 9 a.m. at Waimanalo Beach Park. Groups will fan out and clean windward shorelines from Makapu‘u to Bellows. Finalists from the sand sifter competition will also be on hand to showcase their design ideas for getting micro-plastics off the beach. Visit

April 18-22: Earth Week at Hawai‘i Pacific University. 

5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 18: David M. Berube delivers the presidential lecture series on global leadership and sustainability, entitled "Emerging Technologies, Energy and Public Engagement."

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 20: Earth Week Fair at HPU's Center Atrium, with various local organizations. Visit

12-1 p.m., Friday, April 22: HPU Libraries "Seed Project." Share a love for seeds. "Take, leave, whatevas..." Win a plant and make a gecko bookmark. Atherton Library, Hawaii Loa Campus.

5:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, April 22: Food Waste Prevention Presentation followed by sustainability and healthy living education presented by Pono Home. Hawaii Loa Campus Dining Commons.

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Earth Day in the 808

April 22nd, 2015


Happy Earth Day!

Today marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At any rate, every day should be Earth Day, right? More than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to take some kind of action to honor Earth Day this year, according to Earth Day Network. No matter where you are, you can sign the climate petition to save the planet.

Here in Honolulu, there are many ways you can get involved with Earth Month. Many of these are the same ones listed on Honolulu Pulse, plus some new ones.


UH MANOA EARTH DAY. All day festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the Legacy Path on campus, followed by a concert featuring Paul Izak, Mike Love, Paula Fuga and Sam Ites at 6 p.m. Earth Day at UH Manoa will be a celebration of community groups, local vendors, music, dance, workshops and yoga. Screening of "Cowspiracy" in the Campus Center Courtyard at 10:30 a.m. Hosted by Sustainable UH with Trees to Seas UH.

ALOHA ‘AINA: A KANIKAPILA FOR EARTH DAY. To celebrate Earth Day, Hawai‘i Music Institute at Windward Community College hosts "Aloha ‘Aina: A Kanikapila for Earth Day" from 2 to 5 p.m. in the new Hale A‘o Hawaiian Studies music halau (which houses the college's new Steinway piano). Guest speakers and musicians include Teresa Bright, Ka‘ala Carmack, Mahealani Cypher from Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and others. Students, staff and community are invited to bring an instrument and their voice, and hula. Refreshments will be provided.

MOKULEIA BEACH CLEANUP: On Earth Day, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii hosts a small cleanup at Army Beach in Mokuleia followed by a Talk Story at Turtle Bay Resort. This beautiful, secluded beach on the North Shore is victim to pallet bonfires, land based and marine debris.

ISLAND DIVERS REEF CLEANUP: From 4 to 6 p.m. Island Divers plans to clean up the reef at Hawaii Kai, expecting to bring up hundreds of pounds of lead, plastic, fishing net, fishing line and glass bottles. Island Divers guests are invited to jump on the boat and help clean.


KAILUA BEACH CLEANUP with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. This is the beach cleanup of all cleanups, but its' more than that. It's an event, and maybe the start to a sustainable lifestyle. Volunteers, schools, local businesses and partnering non-profits are converging at the most beautiful of all coastlines — Kailua Beach — to clean. We're talking about the entire coastline — from the boat ramp to Castles, as well as Flat Island (Popoi‘a) and the Mokuluas. Hui o Ko‘olaupoko will be maintaining the canal fed by Kaelepulu Stream, and 808 Cleanups is taking care of Lanikai Beach and the pillbox trail. It's all in the spirit of inspiring coastal stewardship and fun, according to SCH executive director Kahi Pacarro. "Making community service fun along with our 'do something' attitude is spreading and we encourage you to join us." Check in is at 9:30 a.m. at all seven public beach accesses in Kailua. After the cleanup, from noon to 3 p.m., SCH hosts a free "Thank You" concert featuring Mike Love and friends, along with guest speakers and prize giveaways. Bring a reusable water bottle, suncreen and wear a hat. Sand-sifters welcome, too. Getting to the beach via alternative transportation encouraged.

INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL: Help the Oahu Invasive Species Committee remove two invasive plant species from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Rd. You will help remove Ardisia virens and Stromanthe tonckat at the arboretum, the only location on Oahu where these species are found. RSVP Required. Contact OISC at and visit our volunteer blog for more information:


Rent a Coupe, Support Make-A-Wish Hawaii: Starting on Earth Day, Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales is offering a new fleet of eco-friendly Scoot Coupes. The three-wheeled enclosed mopeds can seat up to two people side-by-side and go up to 30 miles per hour. From April 22 to May 22, HSRS will donate a portion of sales form the blue and white Scoot Coupe rentals to Make-A-Wish Hawaii, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Social media challenge: RevoluSun, a solar and smart home technology provider, invites the public to participate in its fifth annual Social Earth Day Challenge via Facebook from April 22 to 25. Document yourself doing something sustainable — whether it's riding a bike to work, recycling, composting or picking up trash, post it on Facebook with the tag #RevoluSunLiving, and it will be shared on the company page. The prize? A portable solar charger from Goal Zero, to be given for the most liked posts belonging to one RevoluSun employee and one member of the public.

Energy challenge: Take the challenge with Blue Planet Foundation using the Island Pulse real-time energy dashboard to guess how much of Oahu’s electricity will come from renewable energy at noon Wednesday April 22, April 29 and May 6. Post your guess and a selfie-with-dashboard on Instagram before midnight the day before. Winning guesses will be entered in a drawing for an iPad Mini. For Hawaii residents only. Visit

The Nature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy invites you to hike, support nature or volunteer in Hawaii all year-long. Find the calendar here. Or share your #NatureSelfie while connecting with nature this spring on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Rally for clean energy

April 30th, 2014

Hundreds of students showed up for a clean energy rally on Earth Day (April 22). Courtesy photo.

Hundreds of students showed up for a clean energy rally on Earth Day (April 22). Courtesy photo.

It's great to see students taking an active part in their own future.

On Earth Day (April 22), more than 270 middle school, high school and university students converged at Hawaii State Capitol for a clean energy rally hosted by the Blue Planet Foundation.

They waved signs along Beretania Street, advocating for a clean energy future powered by local, renewable energy sources to end Hawaii's dependency on fossil fuels.

Blue Planet believes it is critical for Hawaii to embrace innovative clean energy strategies now more than ever. Time is running out, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has issued three reports in the last seven months.

Students from throughout Oahu — both public and private  — including Farrington High School, Waialua High and Intermediate, Nanakuli High and Intermediate, Leilehua High School, Hawaii Pacific University, Hongwanji Mission School, ‘Iolani School and Le Jardin Academy, participated.

They collaborated with artists DrewToonz and Michal Abramovitz to create  signs saying, "We have the power" and "We are the future."

Rep. Chris Lee, Blue Planet founder Henk Rogers, and students at the Clean Energy Rally on April 22, 2014 (Earth Day). Courtesy photo.

Rep. Chris Lee, Blue Planet founder Henk Rogers, and students at the Clean Energy Rally on April 22, 2014 (Earth Day). Courtesy photo.

"These students will inherit the consequences of the choices we're making and the actions we're taking today," said Blue Planet Foundation CEO Jeff Mikulina. "They realize it's their future at stake, and they see the opportunity in switching from dirty energy to clean energy, from dependence to independence.

Among clean energy policies under consideration this session is Senate Bill 2934, a measure to establish a community solar program. The program would enable renters, residents living in condos and apartments, and homeowners on saturated circuits to invest in solar electricity located off their property. Similar programs have been enacted in 10 other states.

To learn more, visit

Students from Le Jardin Academy hold up signs saying, "We are the future." Courtesy photo.

Students from Le Jardin Academy hold up signs saying, "We are the future." Courtesy photo.

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Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo

April 18th, 2014


The seventh annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Waikiki Aquarium.

The free family event offers a live rain garden demonstration by Hui o Ko‘olaupoko, surgeonfish feeding, educational booths and native Hawaiian plants giveaway by the Hawaiian Electric Co. Hui O Ko‘olaupoko will be unveiling a 150-square-foot rain garden designed to capture roof runoff from the Diamond Head side of the main building and infiltrate water into an area vegetated with natural plants.

This year's expo focuses on our impact on water sources — from mauka to makai.

Enjoy keiki arts and crafts, along with educational exhibits. Free parking and shuttles available at Waikiki Elementary School beginning at 8:45 a.m. Admission is free.

The unveiling of the Waikiki Aquarium's rain garden happens tomorrow (Saturday, April 19) at the Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. Photo courtesy Hui o Ko‘olaupoko.

The unveiling of the Waikiki Aquarium's rain garden happens tomorrow (Saturday, April 19) at the Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. Photo courtesy Hui o Ko‘olaupoko.

Also, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved hands-on with the ‘aina Saturday at Sustainable Coastline Hawaii's Earth Day Cleanup*Mauka*Makai.

Meet at Kualoa Ranch at 8:30 a.m. to participate in beach cleanups from Kahuku Beach and golf course to Laie Beach. Community service projects include invasive species removal, fishpond restoration and native plantings with partners Papahana Kualoa, Kako‘o Oiwi, Hui o Ko‘olaupoko and Paepae o He‘eia.

Afterwards, enjoy a free festival from noon to 3 p.m. with food vendors, educational booths, keiki activities and prize giveaways. Enjoy live music from the Late Ones and Dread Ashanti. Free T-shirts for the first 1,000 volunteers provided by sponsors Hurley and Hawaiian Electric. All are welcome.

On Earth Day, April 22, join the Surfrider Foundation 9 a.m. at Maui County Council chambers to show your support for Bill 24, which would ban smoking products on Maui County beaches and parks. An Earth Day event will follow. Visit to learn more. Or join the Blue Planet Foundation and Hawaii's youth at the state Capitol on Oahu from 10 a.m. to noon for a clean energy rally.


For a schedule of Earth Month events, click on this former blog post.


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Earth Day 2014

April 13th, 2014

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

While 1970 was the "height of the hippie and flower-child culture in the United States," according to the Earth Day Network, 2014 is an era of social media, solar power and genetically modified organisms.

Global warming, or climate change, was, and is, still an issue.

Do a google search for "Earth day 1970" and  you find black-and-white images of demonstrations, rallies and a nationwide Environmental Teach-In over clean water and air. I like the ones portrayed in this  National Geographic story on the first Earth Day. It was definitely not a time of apathy.

Today, many start celebrating Earth Day early, with events scheduled throughout Earth Month. There are plenty of ways to learn more or get involved on Oahu, whether you want to start a worm compost, participate in a beach cleanup or recycle your electronics.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa hosts an all-day festival at its symbolic Sustainability Courtyard. Former U.S. vice president Al Gore delivers a free lecture at the Stan Sheriff Center on Tuesday, April 15, while environmental activist Bill McKibben speaks at the Art Auditorium April 24.

Check out one of the events below.


April 13

Worm composting workshop. April 13, 6:30 p.m. and April 15, 9 a.m., Nuuanu Congregational Church, 2651 Pali Highway, Kosasa Hall. The church’s Ula Wai ministry offers two free community sessions on vermicomposting by Ralph Rhoads of Bellingham, Wash. Reservations required by emailing Velma, or calling 595-3135 after 7 p.m..

April 15

Al Gore lecture, 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Tuesday, April 15. Stan Sherriff Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Former U.S. vice president Al Gore offers a free lecture on campus, sharing his insights on climate change and related topics and how they relate to Hawaii. Organized by the UH Sea Grant College Program of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, joinly with the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. Free, but tickets are required and can be picked up from the Stan Sherriff Center Ticket office, 956-4483.

April 16 

Mala Ho‘olaule‘a, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Honolulu Community College, 874 Dillingham Blvd., behind the Children’s Center. Celebrate the harvest of The Garden of Niuhelewai, a taro patch, planted three years ago on campus. Hawaiian music, poi pounding. Call 845-9211.

April 19

Earth Day Ahupua‘a Cleanup, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 19. Kualoa Ranch. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is organizing a beach cleanup of several coastlines to celebrate Earth Day. Participants can also help rebuild fish ponds, do stream restoration work or native plantings. Check in at Kualoa Ranch at 8:30 a.m. to participate in cleanups at Kualoa Beach, Kalama Beach Park, Kahuku Beach and Laie Beach Park. You may also go directly to the beach location. Festival with lunch and live music follows at Kualoa Ranch from noon to 3 p.m. Partners include Hui o Ko‘olaupoko, Paepae o He‘eia and Papahana Kualoa. Visit for updates.


April 19 

Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Waikiki Aquarium. Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services and state Department of Health Clean Water Branch present the seventh annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. Visit educational booths, learn about the impact we make on water sources from Mauka to Makai, watch a live rain garden demonstration and take pictures with Apoha the oopu and friends. Free admission, prizes and native plant giveaways by the Hawaiian Electric Co. Free parking and shuttle from Waikiki Elementary School. Call 923-9741 or visit

April 19

Kaka‘ako Community Cleanup, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Shidler Group, Team Hawaii Going Green, Kaka‘ako Improvement Association and others are organizing the third annual Kaka‘ako Community Cleanup. Free validated parking at Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd. (entrance on Pohukaina St.). Cleaning, painting supplies and refreshments provided. Starts at Mother Waldron Park, ends at Waterfront Plaza. RSVP to Steve Sullivan, or 532-4751. Visit for event details.

April 22

Earth Day

10 a.m. to noon, Hawaii State Capitol. Community clean energy rally sponsored by the Blue Planet Foundation. Join Hawaii's youth as they rally a future beyond fossil fuels. Visit for details and updates.

April 24

UH MANOA EARTH DAY FESTIVAL & CONCERT 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 24, Sustainability Courtyard, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earth Day Festival: Visit more than 40 booths from student groups, local non-profits and green businesses. Plant sale, music, poetry, locally sourced food. 4 to 6 p.m. Celebratory reception. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Environmental activist Bill McKibben’s free lecture at the Art Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free concert by Mike Love, Sam Ites, Lucie Lynch and slam poet Jenna Robinson. Visit or


April 26

Eat Your Yard! Edible Landscaping Workshop. 10 to 12:30 p.m.. The Green House, 224 Pakohana St. Organic gardener and permaculturist Tia Silvasy will lead this class focusing on growing food instead of grass. Explore the types of plants brought to Hawaii by many ethnic groups such as cassava, banana, taro, sweet potato, lemongrass, sugarcane and coconut. Cuttings and starts will also be shared. Fee is $30. Advanced registration required. Call 524-8427 or visit

April 26

Green Day eWaste Recycling, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nu‘uanu Congregational Church, 2651 Pali Highway. Pacific Corporate Solutions is accepting desktop and laptop computers, LCD monitors, printers, fax machines, keyboards, mice, servers, routers, DVD players, VCRs, cell phones, stereo equipment, video cameras, cables and more for recycling. No TVs or alkaline batteries. Free. Call 488-8870 for more information.

Malama Pupukea-Waimea Marine Science Talk Story, 5-7 p.m., Sunset Beach Recreation Center, 59-540 Kamehameha Highway. Learn the current science about Pupukea-Waimea Marine Life Conservation District. Light pupus and refreshments will be provided. Contact Jenny Yagodich, or visit for more inforamtion.

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Today is Earth Day

April 22nd, 2013

Students from Kamehameha Schools teamed up with the Waikiki Aquarium to clear invasive algae (leather mudweed) from the ocean on Friday, April 19. Photo courtesy Waikiki Aquarium.

Students from Kamehameha Schools teamed up with the Waikiki Aquarium to clear invasive algae (Avrainvillea amadelpha, or leather mudweed) from the ocean on Friday, April 19. Photo courtesy Waikiki Aquarium.

Today is Earth Day, and while we will all be extra conscious today about being good to the earth, ask yourself: What can we do the rest of the year? Earth Day is a great marketing opportunity, but it's really the lifestyle changes that we make on a daily basis that will make a positive impact.

While participating in a beach cleanup with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii on Saturday, the thought occurred to me that we all should be doing this every time we go to the beach, rather than as part of an organized cleanup. Note to self: Get out to the beach more often.

After scouring the coastline, we found mostly cigarette butts, but also picked up pieces of rope, some plastic debris, some carnations that could biodegrade but didn't really belong on the beach — and nestled in the naupaka bushes, a whole hibachi grill top and a couple of beer bottles.

Picking up cigarette butts during a recent Earth Day beach cleanup was the biggest "pain in the butt." Star-Advertiser file photo.

Picking up cigarette butts during a recent Earth Day beach cleanup was the biggest "pain in the butt." Star-Advertiser file photo.

Picking up cigarette butts was the biggest pain, to be honest. They're usually buried in the sand, and can be big or small — but it's particularly gross to think that it was in someone's mouth, even more off-putting to see someone's lipstick rimmed around the remaining butt.

The beach is not a giant sand tray, and those butts contain plastic and chemicals that shouldn't be leaching into the sand, nor our oceans. It's about time that we passed a law banning smoking at East Honolulu  beach parks (including Kuhio, Kapiolani, Ala Moana and Sandy). Let's hope they get to enforcing it soon.

While today was Earth Day, there are more events this month:

>> 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium: Dr. Axel Timmerman, professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Hawaii, presents "Fifteen Frequently Asked Questions on Climate Change." Talk is followed by a screening of "The Island President" (directed by John Shenk) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The documentary film tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, which is faced with the threat of sea level rise, making its isles uninhabitable.

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives confront a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced — the literal survival of his country and everyone in it in the face of sea level rise. Courtesy photo.

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives confronts a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced — the literal survival of his country and everyone in it in the face of sea level rise. Courtesy photo.

>> 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27: Manoa Public Library holds a "recycled reads" book sale including books, CDs and DVDs. All proceeds benefit the Manoa Library.

>> 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Architecture auditorium. Dr. Magnus Engwall, professor of ecotoxicology at Orebro University in Sweden, discusses his research on persistent organic pollutants and what he has found on plastic marine debris from Hawaii's beaches. His lecture is titled: "Assessing the toxicity of plastic marine debris & harm to marine life." Free. Visit

Earth month events

April 19th, 2013


Earth Day is Monday, April 22. Illustration from

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

>> 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

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

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

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

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 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 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



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.

Hawaii island

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

Beach cleanup, Earth Day at Sea Life Park

April 15th, 2013

Sea Life Park hosts an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20, with educational booths and a concert. Volunteers who help with a beach cleanup of East Oahu shores that morning get $5 admission to the fair and park. Photo courtesy Sea Life Park.

Sea Life Park hosts an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20, with educational booths and a concert. Volunteers who help with a beach cleanup of East Oahu shores that morning get $5 admission to the fair and park. Photo courtesy Sea Life Park.

Another broad-sweeping beach cleanup and Earth Day Celebration is planned at Sea Life Park on Saturday, April 20.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is hosting a large-scale beach cleanup on the East shores of Oahu. Volunteers are invited to help clean up beaches ranging from Sandy Beach to Makapu‘u, Kaiwi Coastline, Waimanalo Beach Park, Sherwoods, Bellows, Lanikai, Kailua, Kalama Beach Park, Shorebreaks and Pyramid Rock. Volunteers should show up to the beach access of choice at 9:30 a.m. Gloves, trash bags, sunscreen and water will be provided.

All volunteers are invited to Sea Life Park from noon to 4:30 p.m. (for a special $5 admission fee) to enjoy an Earth Day Celebration with games, guest speakers, educational displays, face painting and live music by local performers (Summer, The Urchinz, HI Remedy and Shawn Kaua‘awa-Mokuahi Garnett).

If you aren't able to volunteer that morning, you may also bring in an empty Coca-Cola can to be recycled, and get a discount admission of $15 for adults, $12 for children 3 to 11.

Sustainable Coastline Hawaii's mission is "inspiring local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups of the Hawaiian islands."

Sea Life Park hosts an Earth Day Celebration from noon to  4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Admission is $5 for volunteers who participate in a beach cleanup of East Oahu shorelines organized by Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii earlier that morning. Photo courtesy Sea Life Park.

Sea Life Park hosts an Earth Day Celebration from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Admission is $5 for volunteers who participate in a beach cleanup of East Oahu shorelines organized by Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii earlier that morning. Photo courtesy Sea Life Park.

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