Earth Day 2014 Recap

Posted by Keli'i Kotubetey on May 8, 2014

What an awesome day! Several hundred volunteers joined forces with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to celebrate Earth Day, Hawaiian-style. So that means we gotta mālama everything from the mountains to the sea. And that was the theme for this years cleanup: Mauka to Makai. So people were spread out between 2 stream sites (Hakipuʻu and Waipao), 1 loʻi (Hoi), 1 fishpond (us, duh), and 3 beaches (Kailua, Kualoa, and Kahuku). Granted there were probably lots of other celebrations going on statewide but we like to think ours was packed the most punch and impact.

Mahalo a nui loa to Kahi Pacarro who did an absolutely AMAZING job organizing the heck out of the event including throwing a festival at Kualoa Ranch after the 3-4 hours of volunteering was done. There were free food donations from Whole Foods and Life Foods, music by Dread Ashanti, and a bunch of goodies and samples and extras from dedicated vendors. Heres a video with literally an “over”view taken of the entire event by helicopter. Sweet. And heres the website of one of the photographers who hitched a ride. Beautiful stuff.

And most importantly, the work done at the fishpond was, as always, back-breaking but very rewarding. The group moved over 200 buckets filled with coral weighing about 30 pounds approximately 200 feet from a large pile to its final resting place on the fishpond wall. Thats 6,000+ pounds of coral moved in less than 2 hours….BY HAND! Das right! Way to go team!

It was a great day and mahalo hou for Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, the volunteers who chose to help the fishpond, and to the ʻāina who sustains us.


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