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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, December 19, 2009

Give the gift of green

By Treena Shapiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Photos courtesy of Kökua Hawai‘i Foundation

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser
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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser
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At Ala Moana Center today, you can buy gifts and have them wrapped them, too, using recycled and green materials.

Kokua Hawai'i Foundation and Kanu Hawai'i have teamed up for a Simplify the Holidays campaign and are offering free gift-wrapping and card-making, using recycled paper, cards and gift tags, some premade and some you can make on your own.

Environmentally friendly gift wrapping is just one part of the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation's Twelve Days to a Green Holiday guide, which encourages people to simplify holiday traditions and consider alternative gift ideas. Other suggestions include using a locally grown or potted Christmas tree, giving edible gifts or plants, reusing traditional wrapping paper or finding alternatives and starting traditions like combining caroling with a litter clean-up.

Gift wrapping will be offered at Ala Moana's centerstage from 1 to 4 p.m. Green holiday tips can be found at www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org/holidays and www.kanuhawaii.org. The local campaign is part of a national effort by the Center for the New American Dream. Learn more at www.newdream.org/holiday.