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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 25, 2010

For the environment

Advertiser Staff


HALEAKALÄ VOLUNTEER TRAIL PATROL: Haleakalä National Park seeking volunteers to hike trails (or man 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, http://www.nps.gov/hale/supportyourpark/volunteer-opportunities.htm, or Melissa Chimera, 808-572-4487.

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. 26; Maui Ocean Center, Mä'alaea; $10 (plus center admission fee); reservations , 808-270-7089.

MAUI OCEAN CENTER KEIKI ACTIVITY, for ages 3-12, sitdown with ocean naturalists 11:30 a.m. Jan. 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.