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Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo

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April 18th, 2014



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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 maui.surfrider.org 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.

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

 

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Rain garden workshop

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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.  www.fb.com/huiokoolaupoko

Rain gardens help filter rainwater runoff. Photo courtesy Hui O Ko‘olaupoko Facebook page. www.fb.com/huiokoolaupoko

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 www.huihawaii.org/rain-gardens.html.

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 www.waikikiaquarium.org.

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World Water Day

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March 19th, 2014



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World Water Day is Saturday, March 22.

There is, perhaps, no more important resource than water, earmarked as one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent, according to the United Nations.

Water, a resource we so often take for granted, is not an infinite resource.

That message hit home for California residents, who were urged to conserve water amid severe drought conditions this year.

In Hawaii, we are just as vulnerable. In particular, the health of our forests plays a key role in maintaining our water supply, which is vital to agriculture and tourism. See "The Rain Follows The Forest," a video by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, to learn more.

Here are some ways to celebrate World Water Day in Hawaii this year:

>> Plastic Free Hawai‘i Beach Cleanup, check-in 8:30 a.m., cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. at Kahuku Beach, James Campbell Wildlife Refuge. Bring a reusable water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Visit www.fb.com/PlasticFreeHawaii.KHF or email plasticfree@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

>> Rain barrel catchment workshop. From 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12 at Halawa Xeriscape Garden, 99-1268 Iwaena St. Collect rain water to reduce the amount of drinking water used for irrigating landscapes. Offered by the Board of Water Supply and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden. Cost is $35 for lecture and a pre-drilled, 55-gallon water catchment barrel and hose bib (or $5 for lecture only). Call 748-5363 or email workshops@hbws.org to register.

>> Opt for a reusable water bottle. Last week, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to ban bottled water from city property and events and food trucks. Many national parks like the Grand Canyon have also taken this step. Many people drink bottled water because they believe it to be of higher quality, but that may not be the case, say environmental advocates. Tap water is regulated by the EPA, and bottled water by the FDA. According to Ban the Bottle, 24 percent of bottled water sold in the U.S. is either Pepsi's Aquafina (13 percent) or Coke's Dasani (11 percent) —  both of which are simply purified municipal water. A high-quality filter may help you save money and bottles.

>> Build a rain garden. Rain gardens help stop water runoff, the greatest source of pollution of Hawaii's streams and coastal waters. There's a free manual online from Hui o Ko‘olaupoko. Also, if you want to learn more, the Waikiki Aquarium is hosting a free rain garden workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

>> Support companies that support clean drinking water — Freewaters footwear, MiiR water bottles and Cascade Designs.

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