Celebrate Earth Day 2013

Earth Day

Every year, Americans celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and show our support for a healthy, sustainable environment. Everything we do to help the earth will help us all, whether you pledge to recycle more, use less water and electricity, or re-use instead of throw things away… whether you decide to learn more about the environment and sustainability… whether you volunteer to clean our parks or beaches… Each one of us can make a difference and help make Hawaii better.

Here are some Earth Day events, activities, and volunteer opportunities in Hawaii:

* April 18: Learn about Food Security! On Friday at 6:30 pm, learn about food security with Russell Kokubun, chairperson of the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, at Hanauma Bay.

* April 19: Visit the 2013 Earth Day Fair! On Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, visit the Hawai’i Community College’s 25th Annual Earth Day Fair on the Manono Campus in Hilo. Free and open to the public.

* April 20: Have tea at the Mad Hatter Garden Party II! On Saturday, 4:30 to 8 pm, join Livable Hawaii Kai Hui at the O’ahu Club in Hawaii Kai for a fundraiser with good food, fun, and music. Proceeds benefit the Maunalua Communities Foundation and the Hāwea Heiau Complex and Keawāwa Wetland restoration project.

* April 20: Learn about sustainability at the Grow Hawaiian Festival! On Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Bishop Museum, learn about Hawaiian culture, native plants, and sustainable lifestyles at the Grow Hawaiian Festival. Free for kama’aina and military families with ID.

* April 20: Help clean up Hawaii! On Saturday, there will be Earth Day Cleanups at Pyramid Rocks (Kaneohe Marine Base), Shorebreaks/Greenwalls (Kailua), Kalama Beach Park (Kailua), Kailua Beach Park, Lanikai Beach, Bellows (Waimanalo), Sherwoods (Waimanalo), Waimanalo Beach Park, Kaupo Bay (across from Sea Life Park), Makapu’u, and Sandy Beach. Check with beach coordinators for times and details. After the cleanup, there will be a Sea Life Park After Cleanup Music Festival from noon to 4:30 pm, admission $5 for volunteers.

* April 20: Celebrate Earth Day at Windward Mall! On Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, visit Windward Mall for Ka Maka o Kaloli Aniau: The Face of Climate Change. There will be activities, information, and entertainment.

* April 21: Celebrate Earth Day at the Children’s Discovery Center! On Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm, celebrate the planet with recycled and nature-inspired activities. General admission is $10.

* April 22: Recycle it! On Monday, 9 am to 1 pm, drop off recyclables at the Prince Kuhio Federal Building (GSA) in Honolulu. You can also bring canned goods to support the Hawaii Food Bank. Please check the list of items that will be accepted.

* April 29: Go Green! On Monday, 9 am to 1 pm, Kailua High School will host Going Green #6. Please check the list of items that will be accepted.

* April 27: Learn about lo’i building! On Saturday, 9 am to noon, learn how to construct proper growing areas for wetland kalo (taro) from kalo farmer Anthony Deluze at Ka’onohi Lo’i in Pearl City. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family of 3.

Here are some ideas and activities you can do to make Earth Day a part of every day:

* For kids—enjoy Earth Day activities. The Environmental Protection Agency put together a free “The Happy Earth Day Coloring and Activity Book” for kids. PTO Today helps you find out, “How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?” And Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services has three downloadable activity books: “The Opala IQ Book,” “The Spirit of Recycling,” and “Where Do Things Go?”

* Pledge an act of green. More than 50 million tons of electronic waste (electronics, computers, printers, phones, appliances) are thrown away each year in the US alone. Recycle your e-waste in a safe and responsible manner and join the Billion Acts of Green movement.

* Host an Earth Dinner Party. Whether it’s a picnic, a potluck, or a dinner party, you can choose local, seasonal ingredients that are fresh, flavorful, and organic. Start a conversation about how and where foods are grown. Create a seasonal centerpiece and use seed packets or mini herb pots as party favors.

* Try Meatless Mondays. Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. And Mondays are a great day to start and sustain positive lifestyle changes.

What will you do to help the environment? What are your best ideas for helping keep Hawaii green?

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