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Earth Day events happening in Hilo and Kona

Students in an Environmental Science class at Hawai'i Community College – Pālamanui.

Hawai'i Community College will be celebrating Earth Day with lots of fun educational events in Hilo and Kona. Join us!

HILO

Hawai'i CC and UH Hilo are hosting the 29th Annual Hawai'i CC and UH Hilo Earth Day Fair and Career Conservation Day on Friday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be an Earth Day Fair Concert from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Campus Center Plaza. The Earth Fair is free and will again be held on the upper UH Hilo campus Campus Center Plaza and Library Lanai.

This year’s Earth Day celebration boasts educational videos, informational exhibits and science demonstrations, expert guest speakers, a food sustainability panel, environmental science skill-building workshops, marine touch-tanks, dance troupes, HICCUP Circus performance, hula, storytellers, face-painting, campus garden tours, an environmental career fair, unmanned aerial vehicle flight simulators, and many other engaging activities. Free plants, fruits, and other giveaways will be available throughout the day.

The 5th annual Conservation Career Day (CCD) is held in collaboration with Earth Fair. The event draws local scientists and agencies in the field of natural resource management, with the overall goal to inspire local students to become environmental stewards and to pursue careers in natural resource management. This event is designed to provide information to middle and high school students, with a specific focus on local employment opportunities.

For more information contact Claudia Wilcox-Boucher, Earth Fair Co-Chair, (808) 895-4457, claudiab@hawaii.edu.
 
KONA
 
Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui is hosting “Earth Day Fair at Pālamanui” at the Kailua-Kona campus on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
“Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui is focusing on science, culture and conservation, and what better way to celebrate those themes than to bring the community to campus for Earth Day,” said Dr. Marty Fletcher, the director of Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui. “This event will have something for everyone, including hands-on activities led by students and a very engaging lineup of speakers.”
 
There will also be displays, a trash sculpture contest, a koa tree giveaway for those who help remove invasive fountain grass, and opportunities to see the campus. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
 
Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui is launching a new Associate of Science in Natural Science degree in Fall 2017, and faculty will be at the event to talk about the new program and provide tours of the new science labs.
 
Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui lecturer Dr. Richard Stevens will be leading an excursion to plant koa trees at the Maka‘ula O’oma Tract of the Honua‘ula Forest Reserve. Those who are interested should meet at the head of the Makahi Trail at the end of Makahi Street at 9:30 a.m. with a small digging tool and an extra bottle of water for their tree.
 
Speakers at the event are as follows:
  • Kyle Datta, Ulupono Initiative, presents "Food Sustainability"
  • Bruce Andersen, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources, presents "Coral Reef Bleaching Recovery Plan”
  • Karen Eoff, District 8 Council Member, County of Hawai‘i, and Maile David, District 6 Council Member, County of Hawai'i, present "The Ahupua‘a System: Protecting Our Public Trust Resources"
  • Anthony Carrasco, Hawaii Water Service Co., presents "Waikoloa Resort Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Well Manager for Makalei Golf Club/Huehue Ranch/Kukio Resort"
  • Kanaloa Octopus Farm representative

For more information about Earth Day Fair at Pālamanui, please contact Christina Hoffman at quinlan@hawaii.edu.