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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 8, 2010

For the environment

Advertiser Staff

See a comprehensive listing at www.honoluluadvertiser.com/islandlife.


"MOKU O LO'E: THE BEST-KEPT SECRET IN KÄNE'OHE BAY," a Windward Community College Continuing Education Course on the history of Coconut Island, and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, including discussion by HIMB research scientists on ocean acidification, reef monitoring, fish studies and alien species; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 2, on Coconut Island; $40 (plus $60 lab fee); registration, 235-7433 or www.ocet.wcc.hawaii.edu.

"DESIGNING YOUR LANDSCAPE with Native Plants, Edibles and Ornamentals," practical landscape design for easy and sustainable landscape maintenance, with instructor Heidi Bornhorst; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 and 17, Lyon Arboretum, Mänoa; registration, 988-0461.

"RISE ABOVE PLASTICS" RALLY, sponsored in part by Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club, to highlight dangers of plastic marine debris; 12-1 p.m. Feb. 10, along with artwork by local first-graders depicting ocean plastic pollution, and "The Plastic Bag Monster," made of 400 plastic bags (representing the amount the average person uses each year; information, www.riseaboveplastics.org.

ANNUAL PLANT AND PRODUCE SALE, University of Hawai'i, Urban Garden Center, with chance to stroll the gardens with volunteers and master gardeners; sales of ornamentals, herbs, succulents, orchids and Valentine's baskets, and special chocolate classes (9 and 10:30 a.m.); 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 13 at the garden, Pearl City; free ($5 donations requested for classes); directions, information, 453-6050, www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/ougc.

CLASSES AT THE GREEN HOUSE, Feb. 13, 224 Pakohana St., Pauoa Valley; $20 each; registration required, 524-8427, www.thegreenhousehawaii.com:

• "Own Sewn" Baby Carrier Wrap, made out of recycled fabrics; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; no sewing experience necessary; kit/materials provided; $30.

• "Garbage Into Gold ... Backyard Composting," hands-on workshop on building and harvesting a compost pile; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

• "Worms Eat My Garbage," workshop on how organic waste — including food scraps, cardboard, newspaper and junk mail — can be made into compost by feeding it to worms; with construction of a small worm bin from recycled items; 1:30-3 p.m.; for ages 4 and older: $20 per person (or parent/child team).

"COWS WITH GUNS: VEGETARIAN MUSIC & COMEDY," an evening of "environmental and vegetarian" songs and entertainment, by musician, storyteller and comedian Dana Lyons, sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Ala Moana Beach Park, McCoy Pavilion; free; 944-8344.

HALEAKALÄ VOLUNTEER TRAIL PATROL: Haleakalä National Park needs 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 use of patrol cabins in park's backcountry. Navigation/emergency medical/search and rescue training desired; www.nps.gov/ hale/supportyourpark/volunteer-opportunities.htm, or Melissa Chimera, 808-572-4487.


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.