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Celebrating the Earth

By Nina Wu


Whether you're a hippie throwback, an eco-yuppie or just a concerned citizen swept up in the growing sustainability movement, there's no shortage of ways to commemorate Earth Day, April 22.

You can rally for clean energy, recycle your cans to raise money for Japan, learn nature photography or create a compost worm bin, to name just a few of the activities planned for the entire week.

"To me it's no longer Earth Day," said Shannon Wood, president of the Windward Ahupua‘a Alliance. "It's not even Earth Month. It's Earth Day every day, forever."

Wood said she voted for the first time in 1970, the same year Earth Day was founded, and has been advocating for the environment ever since.

Earth Day will be a combination of work, political activism and celebration for Wood's group, which is sponsoring a community cleanup of debris from roadways surrounding Kawainui Marsh.

Here are some ways to get involved:

Energy rally set for Capitol

The Blue Planet Foundation is inviting students of all ages to a "We Have the Power" Clean Energy Rally from noon to 12:45 p.m. tomorrow at the state Capitol.

Participants will voice support for House Bill 1520, which would enable consumers to finance purchases of renewable-energy systems and energy-efficient appliances through their regular utility bills, according to spokes­woman Catharine Lo.

Students from neighbor islands will chime in with photos and voices via

The foundation also will be at fairs across Oahu, swapping compact fluorescent bulbs for incandescent ones.

Nature center goes on bug hunt

The Hawaii Nature Center, 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, is offering events throughout the week, starting with a bug-hunting expedition tonight and culminating with a 30th-anniversary bash on Saturday.

Reservations are required except for the festival; call 955-0100, ext. 118.

» Join entomologist Steve Montgomery for an evening of bug hunting at 5 p.m. today (ages 6 and up).

» Avid hiker and photographer Nathan Yuen will share his experiences and photos of unique native Hawaiian ecosystems at 5 p.m. tomorrow. See his work at

» See "FRESH," a documentary that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system for a healthier planet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a worm composting demonstration (ages 8 and up).

» Wildlife biologist Ron Walker will give a slide presentation of introduced and native bird species at 5 p.m. Thursday.

» Learn to dye eggs the natural way at 10:30 a.m. Friday (ages 3 and up).

» Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with entertainment by Jeff Peterson and Mailani, hula, keiki hikes, nature crafts, Hawaiian games, educational booths, and organic food from Da Spot. Parking available at Roosevelt High School, with free shuttle.

UH-Manoa to host Earth Day fair

The University of Hawaii-Manoa's Environmental Center will host the 10th annual Earth Day Festival on Thursday at the Sustainability Courtyard near Krauss Hall.

The public is invited to sustainability workshops, an eco-fashion show, a screening of "Huliau" and live performances. Locally grown organic food will be sold.

Starting at 10 a.m., teachers from the Green House, UH and other nonprofit groups will offer workshops on everything from how to build a solar oven to making garden art and composting household food waste.

Visit UH Manoa Earth Day on Facebook, Twitter @UHMearthday or visit Questions can be sent to

Film festival tries for positive effect

Whole Foods Market Kahala and Kahu­lui are offering the "Do Something Reel Film Festival," with six films spotlighting the environment, social and food issues.

Show time is 6 p.m. at Kahala 8 Theatres and Kukui Mall 4 in Kihei. "PlanEAT" will be screened Friday; "On Coal River," Saturday; "Lunch Line," Sunday; "Bag It," April 26; "Urban Roots," April 27; and "Vanishing of the Bees," April 28.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go toward Green Grant to support documentary filmmakers focusing on green themes. Visit to see trailers for the films.

On Earth Day, Whole Foods Kahala will hold a fair from 3 to 7 p.m. featuring local vendors and community partners like the Surfrider Foundation and Kokua Hawaii Foundation.@brief -- headline1:Adopt a Beach in Haleiwa

Adopt a Beach Hawaii usually holds its monthly cleanup on the last Saturday of the month but has also scheduled one for Earth Day in Hale­iwa. Meet at 10 a.m. Friday at Chun's Reef. Organizer Marlu West says there will be T-shirts, lunch and other giveaways for volunteers. Visit for more information.

Group to malama the marsh

Volunteers are going to get down to the nitty-gritty with a community service proj­ect on roadways surrounding Kawai­nui Marsh on the Windward side. The Windward Ahu­pua‘a Alliance is organizing the proj­ect, which starts at 7:15 a.m. with check-in and a continental breakfast at the All Pool & Spa Baseyard.

The group also will be collecting HI-5 beverage containers from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the triangle park opposite the Model Airplane Field on Kapaa Quarry Road, with proceeds going to Japan relief. There will be lunch, entertainment, prize drawings, T-shirts and native plant giveaways for volunteers.

The group is also going to deliver the bags it collects to the state Capitol in support of Senate Bill 1363, which would charge fees for single-use plastic and paper takeout bags.

The deadline to sign up for the workday is 5 p.m. Wednesday; call 247-6366 ext. 1, or email Visit for more information. The minimum age for volunteers is 12.

Hotels cleaning up sand

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa and the Waikiki Ohana Workforce will hold its quarterly beach cleanup starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Duke Kaha­na­moku statue across from the hotel. Show up 15 minutes early for coffee and pastries.

Spend Earth Day at the zoo

Celebrate Mother Earth with nature's creatures Saturday at the Hono­lulu Zoo.

There will be informational booths on how to go green in your day-to-day life, and crafts and other activities in Hale Imi Ike, the zoo's classroom. A schedule will be available at the front entrance.

Also check out the first panel of the newly completed African Savanna Mosaic Wall, which will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. Mosaic artist Leah Rigg will be on hand until noon to answer questions.

Mosaics for the second panel will be on sale until 3 p.m.

General admission is $12 ($6 for kamaaina) and $3 for children ages 4-12; children 3 and under are free.

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