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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2010

For the Environment

Advertiser Staff


HALEAKALÄ VOLUNTEER TRAIL PATROL: Haleakalä National Park seeks volunteers to hike trails (or staff trailheads and visitor center), educating visitors about wilderness ethics, cultural and natural resources, route selection, footwear and equipment, weather and altitude advice; required: eight hours hiking a month, and eight-hour training session; also available: a First Responder emergency medical course, participation in search and rescue training and operations, and use of staff patrol cabins in park's backcountry. Volunteers with navigation/emergency medical/search and rescue training desired; information, www.nps.gov/hale/supportyourpark/volunteer-opportunities.htm, or Melissa Chimera, 808-572-4487.

"FROM MARKET TO TABLE," one of a series of Lyon Arboretum series of "Stepping Stone" classes, with Joan Namkoong, on the history of our island farmers markets; also cooking demonstration using market-fresh finds; 9-11 a.m. Feb. 5, at the arboretum; $5; registration, 988-0461.

"WATER QUALITY SNAPSHOT DAY," volunteers needed to collect water samples, as part of Hui O Ko'olaupoko's effort to emphasize the health of our local watershed; 9-11 a.m. Feb. 6 at Kualoa Beach Park, near entrance restroom; testing kits/instruction provided; information, 381-7202 or www.huihawaii.org.

"KAPA DYES AND DECORATING," an Amy Greenwell Garden workshop, on making kapa using 'olena, noni and kukui bark dyes; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 6, at the garden, Kailua, Kona, Big Island; $40; 808-323-3318.

"ORGANIC GARDENING FROM SOIL TO TABLE," hands-on workshop with Kimberly Clark, including discussion of sustainable organic gardening, soil science, composting, nutrition, using local materials such as limu and manure as organic compost, and child-safe methods of pest control; 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Feb. 6, Lyon Arboretum; $20; registration, 988-0461.

BOB FEST AGRICULTURAL FAIR 2010, with entertainment (reggae and local Hawaiian bands), organic farms and farmers, and charter school garden groups represented, sustainable products, demonstrations and vendors, 12-6 p.m. Feb. 7, Mo'oheau Park bandstand, Hilo, Big Island; 808-216-7372.

ANNUAL WHALE CENSUS, volunteers needed for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary count, at more than 60 shore sites statewide, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 27; register: O'ahu, 397-2651, ext. 253, www.sanctuaryoceancount.org.


FREE GARDEN MULCH, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Hälawa Xeriscape Garden, 99-1269 Iwaena St., self-service; www.boardofwatersupply.com, 748-5041.

HONEYBEE VARROA PROJECT, an islandwide study by the University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of viruses in wild honeybee colonies (affecting local bees and crops), asks anyone seeing a wild honeybee colony on O'ahu to call 956-2445; for information, see www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/HoneyBeeVarroa.

FRESH DAYS, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente; shop for affordable, fresh, locally grown produce, get information on shopping and eating healthier and try food samples; information, 432-2270:

• Honolulu Clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, main entrance and lobby area.

• Moanalua Medical Center, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, main entrance.

• Waipi'o Clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, front entrance and main lobby.

CITY PEOPLE'S OPEN MARKETS: 25 sites offering weekly sale of agricultural and aquacultural products, ethnic and other food items; information, www.honolulu.gov/parks/programs/pom, 522-7088.

SIERRA CLUB is looking for hike/outing leaders (information, Stan Oka, 429-9814, or Deborah Blair, 955-4168), and for people to sign up as new Facebook friends; information, 538-6616.

KAUA'I GARDEN HELP, volunteers needed to protect rare plants and ecosystems at National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua'i; help needed in administration, conservation, education, development, etc.; 808-332-7324, ext. 228, or volunteer@ntbg.org.

MAKIKI FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT, the O'ahu Nä Ala Hele Trails and Access program needs volunteers to weed, pick up branches, plant, water and fertilize native plants as part of the Makiki Watershed Awareness Initiative forest restoration project. Bring long pants, long-sleeved shirt, shoes or boots, gloves, insect repellent, water and lunch; families welcome; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., selected Saturdays monthly; meet at Makiki forestry base yard above new Hawai'i Nature Center (from Makiki Street, take a left onto Makiki Heights Drive; the area entrance is before first hairpin turn); 973-9782.

Niaulani Forest WorkDay, volunteers needed to preserve the rainforest; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. third Sunday of each month, Volcano Art Center, Niaulani campus, Volcano Village, Big Island; 808-967-8222.

TUESDAYS AT KANAHÄ, weekly beach cleanup and plant maintenance, coordinated by Community Pride at Kanahä Beach Park, Maui; 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays, at the park; Valerie Vines Magee, 808-264-1454.

CHUN'S REEF BEACH/COAST CLEANUP, by Adopt-a-Beach Hawaii and Save the Sea Turtles International; 12 p.m. last Saturday monthly, from 61-529 Kamehameha Highway, Hale 'iwa; trash bag, gloves and purified water provided; bring hat, sunscreen and beach shoes; 637-2211.

WAIMEA VALLEY offers daily guided activities, including wildlife walks, history walks, native plant walks; fees; information, www.waimeavalley.net, 638-7766.

WAIMEA VALLEY GREETER, volunteers needed one day a week for 2 1/2 hours; 638-7766.