This month is full of eco-focused activities and family friendly events that help to educate citizens and youth about the environments around us and ways that we can all participate in conservation and activism.
April also reminds us of some questions that often play on repeat for our staff, but are brought to light more during Earth Month. Will our next generation play in a clean ocean? Will our reefs be productive in the future? Will our streams run with clean water following heavy rains? Will we be able to stop the extinction of another endemic Hawaiian species in our lifetime? UNLESS we all work together towards a healthier planet, the answer is most likely NO. We must come together to provide opportunities to engage keiki with watershed education and begin to view restoring and protecting watersheds as a community activity and not someone else's responsibility.
At HOK, we see and interact with the broader community that actively participates in environmental programs and projects. We see the families, service organizations, students and community members coming to volunteer and participate in education to make sure we have healthy watersheds, clean beaches, productive reefs and a next generation of caretakers. We also strive to create programs and opportunities that welcome and engage the "eco-first-timer" and hopefully plant a seed in them to continue to connect with the environments around them.
So, whether you've got an itch to get dirty in the field with us or computer skills are more your style, HOK could use your help because together we can do more.
To all the volunteers and supporters of our causes, and supporters of the many amazing volunteer and environmental organization across the State, thank you for helping to protect and restore our ʻāina!