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Ocean-friendly Kakaako garden project blossoms

Mindy Pennybacker
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Video by Craig T. Kojima
The Kaka'ako Ocean Friendly Garden is growing ocean-friendly gardens as part of its nationwide clean-water initiative. The garden's primary purpose is to keep polluted stormwater runoff and trash out of the ocean. The project's other goals are growing community food self-sufficiency and educating the public about preventing runoff, conserving water and growing their own ocean-friendly gardens. The garden hosts regular community workdays, the next one scheduled for the morning of June 30.
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Surfrider Foundation, Sustainable Coastlines and Permablitz Hawaii volunteers and staff work in the Kaka‘ako Ocean Friendly Garden. Drew Wilkinson of Permablitz Hawaiitalks about his favorite ulu plant.

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The Surfrider Foundation’s Doorae Shin shows a storm­water drain that leads to the ocean.

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Homeless people’s belongings line the fence that surrounds the community garden. The homeless are encouraged to volunteer to develop marketable skills.