Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is marking Earth Day 2014 with a multi-organizational partnership to teach participants that clean beaches are not only accomplished through physical cleaning, but more importantly through your actions within the ahupua'a system such as lifestyle choices, consumer/disposal behaviors and through proper management of your own property.
Hakipu'u Stream Restoration Project is one of 4 restoration locations and multiple beach cleanups that event participants will have the opportunity to participate at on April 19th. Non-profit partner Hui o Ko'olaupoko (HOK) will be hosting this site that is working to restore native forest around a mauka spring and stream. Check out this video from the site's first workday in 2012 and join HOK on April 19th to see how far we have come and loan a hand planting natives!
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Waikiki Aquarium Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo
Hui o Ko'olaupoko is honored to be building a rain garden at the Waikiki Aquarium. This 150 square foot rain garden will capture roof runoff from the Diamond Head side of the main building and infiltrate water in to an area vegetated with native plants suitable for a coastal environment.
The rain garden will be unveiled at The Waikiki Aquarium's annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. This earth day celebration on April 19th from 9am to 2pm highlights the impact we make on water sources from Mauka to Makai. The Waikiki Aquarium and 15 other organizations provide educational activities for both children and adults on how to preserve and protect this diverse environment. The event also boasts free aquarium admission and a native plant giveaway.
The mission of Hui o Ko`olaupoko is to protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage.