Earth Day Kailua 4/4/09
by: Bill Sager, email@example.com
Kailua Neighborhood Park (Kaha Park) Hosted an Earthday Celebration. Many visitors walked in from the surrounding neighborhoods or rode their bikes. They were smart because parking was very limited. Besides, getting out of your car is a good way to celebrate Earth Day.
Community Volunteers coordinated by Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi have put thousands of hours into Landscaping the park with native species. Most people wandered through the displays while a few weeded and planted native plants.
Got Dead Bird? Alerts people to the danger of bird flu and West Nile Virus arriving in Hawaii. Dead Birds with no obvious cause of death are an early warning of potential introduction of serious diseases. the Department of Health has an active program of testing dead birds. http://gotdeadbird.org
Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) is a non-profit, volunteer organization concerned with bringing awareness and solutions to the problem of marine debris and litter on Hawai`i’s beaches. B.E.A.C.H. organizes litter prevention campaigns, presentations to schools and community organizations and beach clean-ups in order to educate the community about the need to care for Hawai`i’s beaches, coastline and marine life. http://b-e-a-c-h.org/
Mindy Jaffe of Waikiki Worm, www.waikikiworm.com, is dedicated to teaching people how to covert household wastes into compost. It makes sense to create useful compost at home rather than having the Opala people cart it off to the land fill. Her website will give you all the details of how you can do it yourself or purchase equipment designed to help raise happy worms. One caution, just any worm won't do. You need Perionyx excavatis the blueworm. It is against the law to import worms to Hawaii, so be sure you get your worms locally.
The State Department of Transportation had a display to educate people about storm water runoff and the publics responsibilities to keep waste water and debris out of the storm sewers and streams. http://wwwstormwaterhawaii.com The City and County of Honolulu invited people to become active in their Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A_Stream Programs. http://www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com/storm/hero/good_neighbor.html
Oahu Community Recycling is a leader in community recycling services. They are a full service company that helps businesses create their recycling program and provides pickup services on a scheduled or on call basis. They also accept walk-in junk computers and other electronics. www.ocr2000.com, www.ReUseList.com
Hui Ku Maoli Ola, a native plant nursery, was selling rare native plants. People learned about the severity of extinction of Hawaii species and how critical it is to protect what remains. In some cases, plants no longer exist in the wild and survive only in people's gardens. www.plantnativehawaii.com
The Hawaii Audubon Society, www.hawaiiaudubon.com, had informational Displays including a selection of their great books on local birds.
the Lanikai-Kailua Outdoor Circle's display showed the broad diversity of their efforts to keep Hawaii beautiful. http://www.outdoorcircle.org
The Oahu Invasive Species Committee, http://www.hawaiiinvasivespecies.org/, was educating people about the dangers of introducing invasive species to Hawaii and how difficult it is, if not impossible, to control an invasive species once it is established. Control of an alien species requires very aggressive and long term, consistent efforts.
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