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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2010

For the environment

Advertiser Staff


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. Jan. 30, Feb. 27 and March 27; register: O'ahu, 397-2651, ext. 253, www.sanctuaryoceancount.org.

FINS AND FLIPPERS TOUR, naturalist presentation, including supervised feeding of the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles and sharks; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 and 26; Maui Ocean Center, Mä'alaea; $10 (plus center admission fee); reservations , 808-270-7089.

KA'ENA POINT NATURE HIKE (6 miles), with chance to see native plants, nesting albatrosses, monk seals and offshore whales; sponsored by Honolulu Botanical Gardens; free (bring water, sunscreen, light jacket, hat, hiking shoes — no sandals or slippers — and snack); 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 21, from Ka'ena Point parking lot (end of Farrington Highway, in Mokule'ia); reservations required, 522-7064, by Jan. 18.

IDENTIFYING HAWAIIAN KALO varieties , Big Island workshop using examples growing at the Amy Greenwell Garden in Kona, led by garden foreman Manuel Rego; 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 22; $15 (also needed: copy of University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture Bulletin 84, sold at the garden); information, 808-323-3318.

KÄNE'OHE 'ALOHA 'ÄINA' RECYCLING EVENT, one of a continuing series of community collections of recyclable waste, including athletic shoes, tires, cooking oil, green waste, batteries, plastic, telephone books and magazines (no paint, hazardous fluids, microwave ovens, TVs or gas tanks), 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 23, Castle High School; also U.S. Census 2010 employee signup; information/for curbside pickup or unwanted-car towing, Rene Mansho, 306-1876.

CRAFTS AND KEIKI ACTIVITIES, for ages 3-12, whale-themed crafts 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 20, sitdown with ocean naturalists 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 and 30, Maui Ocean Center; park admission required; information, www.mauioceancenter.com, 808-270-7000.

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: for more information, www.opala.org (click on Holiday Trash Tips):

• Green cart system: Remove flocking , ornaments and tinsel; cut up tree to fit inside cart with lid closed.

• Regular trash system: Cut and bundle trees in 3-foot lengths, and place curbside on normal green-waste collection day.

• Condo residents: Follow your condo policies or drop off trees at city refuse convenience centers.

NATIVE REFORESTATION, collaborative project by plant nursery Hui Ku Maoli Ola and Papahana Kuaola, its nonprofit educational arm, with Central Pacific Bank, promising the planting of one native Hawaiian tree for every CPB account switched from paper to online before Jan. 31, with the double purpose of reducing paper use and helping reforest Island land; 235-6165.

HAWAIIAN ISLAND HUMPBACK WHALE National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council, seeks applicants for primary and alternate seats — including the newly created youth/student seat (ages 14-17) — to advise on issues, including ocean acidification, protection of culturally and biologically significant areas, marine animal rescue and vessel-whale collisions; application deadline Jan. 31; information, 397-2651, www.hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.


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.

• Mäpunapuna Clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, lobby area.

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.