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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 22, 2010

For the environment

Advertiser Staff


HAWAII AUDUBON SOCIETY meeting, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, University of Hawai'i-Mānoa, St. John Hall, Room 011; speaker, Chip Fletcher, chairman of Department of Geology and Geophysics, update on climate change and impact on global sea levels; free; 528-1432.

MOKU O LO'E: THE BEST-KEPT SECRET IN KĀNE'OHE BAY, a Windward Community College Continuing Education course on the history of Coconut Island and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, including discussion by institute researchers on ocean acidification, reef monitoring, fish studies and alien species; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 2, on Coconut Island; $40 (plus $60 lab fee); registration, 235-7433 or www.ocet.wcc.hawaii.edu.

SIXTH ANNUAL GROW HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL, with demonstrations, talks, storytelling, hula, plant and insect identification booths, information tables, cultural and scientific groups, and Native Hawaiian arts practitioners; 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Captain Cook, Big Island; free; 808-323-331.

CHUN'S REEF BEACH/COAST CLEANUP, by Adopt-a-Beach Hawaii and Save the Sea Turtles International; 12 p.m. Feb. 27, from 61-529 Kamehameha Highway, HaleNormal'iwa; trash bag, gloves and purified water provided; bring hat, sunscreen and beach shoes; 637-2211.

MILILANI ALOHA 'ĀINA EARTH DAY, one of a continuing series of community cleanup collections of recyclable waste, including athletic shoes, tires, cooking oil, green waste, batteries, plastic, telephone books and magazines (no paint, hazardous fluids, microwave ovens, TVs or gas tanks), 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 27, Mililani Park and Ride; sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 32; information/for curbside pickup or unwanted-car towing, Rene Mansho, 306-1876.

GARDENING BASIC workshop, including "growing" biologically diverse living soil, starting a nursery and transplanting seedlings; 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 27; The Green House; $20; registration, 524-8427, www.thegreenhousehawaii.com.

GROW YOUR OWN PROBIOTIC MEDICINE: KOMBUCHA, a workshop by herbalist and ethnobotanist Laura Shiels on growing and using the symbiotic kombucha (tea); 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 27; The Green House, Pauoa Valley; $20; registration, 524-8427, www.thegreenhousehawaii.com.


FREE GARDEN MULCH, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Hālawa Xeriscape Garden, 99-1269 Iwaena St., self-service; www.boardofwatersupply.com, 748-5041.

HONEYBEE VARROA PROJECT, an islandwide study by the University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of viruses in wild honeybee colonies (affecting local bees and crops), asks anyone seeing a wild honeybee colony on O'ahu to call 956-2445; for information, see www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/HoneyBeeVarroa.

FRESH DAYS, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente; shop for affordable, fresh, locally grown produce, get information on shopping and eating healthier, and try food samples; information, 432-2270:

• Honolulu Clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, main entrance and lobby area.

• Moanalua Medical Center, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, main entrance.

• Waipi'o Clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, front entrance and main lobby.

CITY PEOPLE'S OPEN MARKETS: 25 sites offering weekly sale of agricultural and aquacultural products, ethnic and other food items; information, www.honolulu.gov/parks/programs/pom, 522-7088.

SIERRA CLUB is looking for hike/outing leaders (information, Stan Oka, 429-9814, or Deborah Blair, 955-4168), and for people to sign up as new Facebook friends; information, 538-6616.

KAUA'I GARDEN HELP, volunteers needed to protect rare plants and ecosystems at National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua'i; help needed in administration, conservation, education, development, etc.; 808-332-7324, ext. 228, or volunteer@ntbg.org.

MAKIKI FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT, the O'ahu Nā Ala Hele Trails and Access program needs volunteers to weed, pick up branches, plant, water and fertilize native plants as part of the Makiki Watershed Awareness Initiative forest restoration project. Bring long pants, long-sleeved shirt, shoes or boots, gloves, insect repellent, water and lunch; families welcome; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., selected Saturdays monthly; meet at Makiki forestry base yard above new Hawai'i Nature Center (from Makiki Street, take a left onto Makiki Heights Drive; the area entrance is before first hairpin turn); 973-9782.

Niaulani Forest WorkDay, volunteers needed to preserve the rainforest; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. third Sunday of each month, Volcano Art Center, Niaulani campus, Volcano Village, Big Island; 808-967-8222.

TUESDAYS AT KANAHĀ, weekly beach cleanup and plant maintenance, coordinated by Community Pride at Kanahā Beach Park, Maui; 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays, at the park; Valerie Vines Magee, 808-264-1454.

WAIMEA VALLEY offers daily guided activities, including wildlife walks, history walks, native plant walks; fees; information, www.waimeavalley.net, 638-7766.