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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2010

ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Learn about culture, green living

Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Wikoliana Educational Excursions

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Expand your green-living vocabulary at the third annual Grow Hawaiian Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Bishop Museum's great lawn.

This free, family-oriented event focuses on Hawai'i's cultural heritage, native plants and the environment. Learn about climate change and reducing our carbon footprint by participating in Bishop Museum's new interactive exhibit on climate change. Festival sponsor Hawaiian Electric will be there with booths spotlighting conservation and clean-energy plans.

Also, see the work of leading artisans and learn the traditional uses of native plants: making lei, beating kapa, weaving lau hala, pounding poi, making dyes, carving flutes and crafting Hawaiian implements. The first 100 attendees receive a free, reusable grocery bag. www.heco.com, www.bishopmuseum.org.

KEEPING ISLES BEAUTIFUL

JOIN O'AHU CLEANUP EFFORTS SATURDAY

"Green starts with us." That's the theme of the ongoing Great American Cleanup, organized by Keep America Beautiful. On Saturday, Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful Day, volunteers will take part in efforts ranging from shoreline debris removal to community garden cultivation. Among the plans for O'ahu are a storm-drain stenciling in Honolulu Harbor and a cleanup at Hanauma Bay.

Volunteers for the stenciling project dubbed Stop The Ocean Pollution will meet at 10 a.m. at Pier 7. S.T.O.P. partners will manage the project focusing on the makai end of the watershed, which flows directly into the harbor.

Friends of Hanauma Bay will roll up their sleeves for a cleanup set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. They'll supply gloves and trash bags as well as cool drinks.

For more information, go to www.khib.org.

Maureen O'Connell