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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.


Rain garden workshop

March 26th, 2014


Rain gardens help filter rainwater runoff. Learn how to build one at a free Waikiki Aquarium workshop March 25. Photo courtesy Hui O Ko‘olaupoko Facebook page.

Rain gardens help filter rainwater runoff. Photo courtesy Hui O Ko‘olaupoko Facebook page.

The Waikiki Aquarium hosted a free rain garden workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

Rain gardens help stop water runoff, the greatest source of pollution of Hawaii's streams and coastal waters, by allowing storm water from impervious surfaces to collect, briefly settle, then infiltrate into the ground.

They mimic natural processes by treating and infiltrating storm water into the ground and evaporating it back into the air.

Todd Cullison, executive director of Hui O Ko‘olaupoko, provided instruction on how to create a do-it-yourself rain garden. A free manual is also available at

The workshop, supported by the state Department of Health's Clean Water Branch and Hardware Hawaii, brought awareness to the importance of natural vegetation designed to absorb and filter rainwater from heavy tropical storms.

Visitors to the aquarium during the month of April also receive 100 tote bags with rain garden information and instructions for teachers to give their students.

The Waikiki Aquarium itself will also be home to a rain garden to be revealed at its annual Mauka to Makai Event on April 19.

To learn more, visit

World Wetlands Day

February 7th, 2014

Ramsar World Wetlands Day takes place Saturday, Feb. 8 at Kailua Methodist Church. Learn about the cultural, historical and environmental significance of the Kawainui-Hamakua March. Photo courtesy Nathan Yuen.

Ramsar World Wetlands Day takes place Saturday, Feb. 8 at Kailua Methodist Church. Learn about the cultural, historical and environmental significance of the Kawainui-Hamakua March. Photo courtesy Nathan Yuen.

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 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

Learn about the stewardship of our valuable wetlands. For more information, visit or the Facebook page.


See photos of Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh by Nathan Yuen at World Wetlands Day 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kailua Methodist Church. Photo courtesy Nathan Yuen.



Community Recycling Day, Waimanalo

January 2nd, 2014


Happy New Year!

Are you clearing out the house for a clean start to the New Year? Hui o Ko‘olaupoko and Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council are holding the fifth annual Waimanalo Community Clean-up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Waimanalo Beach Park.

Mark it on your calendar, because it's a great one-stop shop for recycling.

You'll be able to recycle scrap metal (including appliances and propane tanks), regular size tires without rims, cell phones, computers, printer cartridges, batteries, paper, magazines, TVs and all types of plastic.

If there are Waimanalo residents who are unable to haul their recyclables to the park, then curbside pick-up can be arranged. The towing of unwanted vehicles in any condition is also available.

Hui o Ko‘olaupoko is also recruiting volunteers to help sort the recyclables or to form a "Street and Stream Clean-up Team" to pick up litter throughout the ahupua‘a.

"The annual clean-up provides community members a hands-on opportunity to care for the natural resources in the Waimanalo community, including the beauty of Waimanalo's back roads, streams, mountains and bays."

Last year's efforts brought in more than 15,000 pounds of scrap metal, 200 tires, three roll-off bins of trash and bulky items, six pallets of electronic waste, 1,000 pounds of paper and magazines and many more recyclable items.

Donations for Goodwill and the Hawaii Foodbank will also be accepted during the community cleanup.

To sign up as a volunteer, make an appointment for curbside pickup or towing, visit or call Kristen Nalani Mailheau at 381-7202.

First Wind Scholarships

December 17th, 2013

Wind turbine from First Wind's Kahuku wind farm. First Wind is now accepting applications from students located in schools near its wind farms on Oahu and Maui. Photo by Nina Wu.

Wind turbine from First Wind's Kahuku wind farm. By Nina Wu.

Boston-based First Wind, which has two wind farms on Oahu and one wind farm on Maui, announced the availability of applications for its 2014 scholarship program.

Qualified high school seniors in communities where the company has projects are invited to apply. This is the fifth year First Wind is offering the scholarships.

Carol Grant, First Wind's senior vice president of external affairs, says the company has committed nearly $250,000 to 59 students over the past four years.

High school seniors in both public and private schools in the communities of Laie, Kahuku, Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleiwa and Sunset on Oahu or Kahului, Lahaina, Kihei and Wailuku, Maui are invited to apply.

To apply, students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75, with plans to enroll in full-time undergraduate study with a focus in the sciences, technology and/or engineering. Other states where students can apply include Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

First Wind Scholars will be awarded a one-time $3,000 scholarship for one year. One scholarship of $5,000, renewable up to four years, will be awarded to the year's single most qualified applicant.

First Wind operates wind farms at Kahuku and Kawailoa, both on Oahu's north shore, as well as Kaheawa on the ridgeline of the West Maui Mountains.

Applications are available online, and will be evaluated on a number of factors, including academic performance, work experience, school and community activities and a 300-word essay. Submissions are due by Feb. 15, 2014. Recipients will be announced in May 2014.

Handmade Wreaths at Lyon Arboretum

November 22nd, 2013

Beautiful handcrafted evergreen wreath by a member of Hui Hana Hawai‘i will be on sale at Lyon Arboretum this coming Saturday (Nov. 23).

Beautiful handcrafted evergreen wreath by a member of Hui Hana Hawai‘i will be on sale at Lyon Arboretum this coming Saturday (Nov. 23).

There is a flurry of activity going on at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Lyon Arboretum.

More than a dozen, talented crafters make up Hui Hana Hawai‘i, a group of volunteers that meets weekly to create lei and other works of art from natural materials, to benefit the Lyon Arboretum at 3860 Manoa Rd. For the past few weeks, they have been busy weaving beautiful holiday wreaths which will be for sale at the annual Holiday Plant and Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the arboretum this coming Saturday (Nov. 23).

It's the perfect opportunity to find a locally-made, handcrafted gift for the holidays.

Evergreen wreaths are made from a combination of trees and plants, including Norfolk pine, Thuja pine and Hollywood cypress, decorated with holly, Eucalyptus pods, pine cones, lipstick tree buds and Christmas berries.

Beautiful handcrafted bromeliad wreath will be part of Lyon Arboretum's annual sale on Saturday.

Beautiful handcrafted bromeliad wreath will be part of Lyon Arboretum's annual sale on Saturday.

Dried wreaths, made of a combination of natural materials, including pine cones, autograph pods and various leaves, are also available at the sale.

The price range is between $20 to $50 each, with proceeds benefiting Lyon Arboretum.

Handcrafted, dried wreath will be available for sale at the Lyon Arboretum on Saturday.

This one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, dried wreath will be available for sale at the Lyon Arboretum on Saturday.

Several participating nurseries will also be on hand, selling colorful ti varieties, cacti and succulents, orchids, anthuriums, heliconias, gingers, native Hawaiian plants, vegetable and herb plants, as well as University of Hawaii variety vegetable seeds. Ceramic pots and planters, as well as tasty jams, jellies and Hawaiian honey will also be sale.

A free shuttle service to the arboretum will also be available Saturday, with pick-up and drop-off points at the intersections of Manoa Road and Po‘elua Street, and at Manoa Road, and Nipo Street. For more information, call 988-0456 or visit

Helping Vans Triple Crown Go Eco

November 19th, 2013

Helping Triple Van Crown surfers and surf-goers recycle and tread responsibly on the ocean. Courtesy photo.

Helping Vans Triple Crown surfers and surf-goers recycle and tread responsibly on the ocean. Courtesy photo.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is collaborating with Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu's North Shore to make this year's series of professional surfing events more eco-friendly and environmentally responsible.

The non-profit built custom, recycling and compost stations which will be on hand daily while the surf contests are going on. Members will also talk-story with event-goers about the impacts of plastic on coastal pollution. brought Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii on board as part of their strategy to certify the Vans Triple Crown as a Deep Blue Surfing Event, which is a trademarked label for events with a certain set of green guidelines that focus on reducing waste, energy, transportation and impacts on climate change while increasing community support.

SCHtriplecrownTriple Crown, now in its 39th year, brings surfers and spectators from throughout the world to Oahu's North Shore, continuing a rich, surfing heritage of progression, high-performance and power surfing.

Throughout Triple Crown contest events (which started Nov. 12 and run until Dec. 20), including the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Vans World Cup and Billabong Pro, members of SCH will maintain the recycling and composting stations with the goal of diverting 40 percent of trash from the landfill and H-Power.

The crew will also educate competitors, staff and spectators on ways to reduce their impacts on the coastlines by sharing tips on reducing plastic and the destructive impact of single-use plastics.

SCH is also helping to reduce transportation costs.

Recyclables will be donated to families on the North Shore, while food scraps will be composted.

"Partnering with the Vans Triple Crown to increase awareness of the detriments of our overconsumption of plastic is directly in line with our mission of inspiring coastal stewardship," said SCH executive director Kahi Pacarro. "We believe cleaning the beach starts at home, and by encouraging the reduction of waste we can also improve coast quality. Fewer items entering the waste stream equals fewer items able to wash ashore."

To learn more about Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, visit

John Kelly Environmental Awards

November 16th, 2013

John Kelly awards print w lower logoThe Surfrider Foundation's Oahu chapter celebrates its 11th annual John Kelly Environmental Awards from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Waimea Valley tonight (Saturday, Nov. 16).

Besides live music by Taimane and Cynth & the What's His Faces, dinner will be provided by Chef Thomas Naylor, with libations courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Kona Brewing Co. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Surfrider Oahu and their efforts to preserve our coastline.

The annual awards dinner celebrates John Kelly, the legendary waterman and environmental leader who started Save Our Surf and fought to protect Hawaii's coastlines from overdevelopment. Kellyl and SOS helped save more than 140 surf sites in Hawaii.

Visit to purchase tickets online.

This year's awardees, selected for their work to bring about positive changes while protecting the marine environment, are:

>> Lifetime Achievement Award: Denise Antolini of the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, Regents' Medalist for Excellence in Teaching. Antolini is being honored for her recent and ongoing research and dedication to environmental law and conduct concerning local and international coastlines.

>> Hawaii-based Company Award: Black Cat Salon + Spa is being recognized for their efforts to reduce waste and reuse building materials as well as their environmentally friendly product line, Aveda. They participate in local beach cleanups and Aveda's Annual Earth Month.

>> Professional Surfer Award: Crystal Thornburg-Homcy of Haleiwa is an all-around ocean athlete and an ambassador for Patagonia. The accomplished longboarder holds a degree in Environmental Sciences, and also bodysurfs, freedives, kayaks and paddleboards. She and her husband, Dave Homcy, run an organic produce company called Crave Greens.

America Recycles Day - Jack Johnson, Twitter

November 15th, 2013

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Today (Friday, Nov. 15) is America Recycles Day.

Singer Jack Johnson and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, in partnership with Schnitzer Steel Hawaii Corp., are hosting an Aloha Aina Recycling Drive at Sunset Beach Elementary School tomorrow on Saturday (Nov. 16.).

From 9 a.m. to noon, the drive (part of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation's 3R's School Recycling Program), will collect all types of scrap metal, including bicycles; computers and game systems; all types of batteries; newspaper; beverage bottles and corrugated cardboard; used cooking oil; clothing; printer cartridges; and used appliances.

Johnson will be on hand to assist with recycling collections. Sunset Beach Elementary School was the first to join Kokua's 3Rs recycling Program 10 years ago, when Johnson debuted his "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" song at a school assembly in the cafeteria.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is taking to Twitter in an effort to encourage dialogue on how to increase recycling rates. The hashtag for America Recycles Day will be #ScrapChat, as experts from the industry offer resources and information on how recycling works.

It will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time (9 to 10 a.m. Hawaii time).

The discussion will cover topics, including how to get more people to recycle, the biggest challenges to recycling and tips on recycling and upcycling. Questions can also be sent to @ISRI.

Here in Hawaii, meanwhile, Recycle Hawaii is working with Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful and its local affiliates in Honolulu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii island to coordinate events that day.

Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide youth recycling competition from Oct. 21 to Nov. 15, is a great, interactive way for students to learn about waste reduction through in-school recycling. The competition is open to all elementary, middle and high schools, which track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes. The school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capital will win $1,000. Last year, that title went to Konawaena High School.

Visit to learn more.

Konawaena High School won $1,000 last year for being the school with the highest recycling rate in the state. Photo by Renee Oba.

Konawaena High School won $1,000 last year for being the school with the highest recycling rate in the state. Photo by Renee Oba.

Mokuleia Beach Cleanup

October 11th, 2013

Surfrider Foundation partners with the Hawaii Polo Club for a beach cleanup at Mokuleia this Saturday. Photos from

Surfrider Foundation partners with the Hawaii Polo Club for a beach cleanup at Mokuleia this Sunday. Photos from

The Surfrider Foundation, Oahu Chapter, hosts its next beach cleanup at Mokuleia on Sunday (Oct. 13). The first 100 volunteers will get free entry into the polo match at Hawaii Polo Club plus a free lunch.

October is also Rise Above Plastics month, a campaign to raise awareness on plastic pollution in the ocean. Our ocean is turning into a plastic soup, with most of it starting as land-based litter on beaches, streets and dsidewalks. Rain washes the litter through the storm drain system, into rivers, streams and eventually, the ocean.

Surfrider Foundation.

Surfrider Foundation.

When plastics enter the marine environment, they don't biodegrade. Instead, they photodegrade into small pieces that fish and turtles mistake for food, oftentimes blocking digestion systems and causing death. Next time you go to a windward-side beach, look closely at the high tide water mark. You'll find little, itty-bitty pieces of colorful plastic in the sand.

You can make a difference, with simple, everyday actions to reduce plastic — particularly single-use plastics. Bring your own bag to the grocery store AND the retail store. Bring your own reusable cup to the coffee shop. Choose alternatives to plastic, like stainless steel or glass.

The beach cleanup takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Hawaii Polo Club, Mokuleia, 68-411 Farrington Highway. The Hawaii Polo Club and John Hopkins University alumni group are offering free entrance to the polo matches with lunch to the first 100 volunteers.