By Nina Wu
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 sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org.
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 hpu.edu/sustainability.
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.