Hawai'i conservation alliance

Hawai‘i Conservation Week

July 24-30, 2011

Celebrate Conservation Week!

In the last week of July, the State of Hawai'i observes Conservation Week in recognition of our need to take care of Hawai'i's unique natural environment. Conservation Week events aim to increase public awareness of key conservation issues affecting Hawai'i's lands and seas and unite our leadership in identifying conservation-related priorities of statewide significance. Download Press Release

Conservation Week approaches these goals through educational and outreach activities including the annual Hawai'i Conservation Conference and its symposia, forums, and fieldtrips hosted by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance (HCA). The theme for this year's Conference is Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Forest.

Get Involved: Host a Conservation Week Event

HCA is encouraging other organizations to get involved and host free public activities during, or leading up to, Conservation Week and posting it on our Conservation Week web calendar. The calendar will be updated frequentlyb and shared with the community and the media. This is a great opportunity for your organization to encourage residents and visitors to explore ways in which they can help preserve our precious natural resources. Past events have included film screenings, nature hikes, and tours of local natural attractions.

Get the Word Out

If you or your organization has a free conservation-related event you would like to promote on the Conservation Week calendar, please contact Keri Reinholm at hcaoutreach@gmail.com or (808) 687-6152.
 


2011 Hawai'i Conservation Week Calendar

July 24-30


Sunday Free Family Fishing Day at Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy the catch ‘n release fishing program while sharing the tranquil open space at Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden with the Hawaiian Coot or `alae ke’oke` (fulica alai), an endangered Hawaiian species. Bring rain gear, sun screen, water, and fresh white bread for bait (no live bait). Fishing poles will be available at the visitor center.
Monday

Community Mural Project at Kalihi Waena Elementary School (July 25-30)

1:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Come lend a hand to paint the 250 ft. wall along Kalihi Stream! Put your paintbrush to the wall! Please wear your paint clothes and bring a refillable water bottle. Paint and brushes provided! Please RSVP to: kaupa4kalihi@hawaii.rr.com
Tuesday Natural Treasures of Hawai'i Lecture Series
"A New View of the Forbidden Island - Soil Survey on Kaho'olawe"
Cynthia Stiles, Natural Resources Conservation Service
6:00 p.m., ING DIRECT Cafe, 1958 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu

FREE Screening of "Bag It"

6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m., Huakailani School for Girls, Kailua

"Bag It" examines the prevalence of plastic in our lives and the impact it has on the environment and marine life. Join Kokua Hawaii Foundation's Plastic Free Schools program and Plastic Free Kailua for a free screening of the film at Huakailani School for Girls at 146 Hekili Street in Kailua. The first 30 families will receive a reusable tote bag from Whole Foods Market. For more information contact: plasticfree@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

Wednesday

Splendor: Portraits of the Natural World Opening Reception

Featuring the work of painter and Haleakalā National Park ranger Melissa Chimera

6:00 p.m., The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu

UH Manoa Outreach College Sakamaki Extraordinary Lecture

“Climate Change Adaptation, Migration, and the Law: Issues Relevant to the Asia-Pacific Region” with Maxine Burkett, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP)

7:00pm in the UHM Architecture Auditorium

For more info visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu/summer or 956-3411.

Thursday Free Twilight Concert at Foster Botanical Garden
5:45 - 6:30 p.m. (gate open from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.)
Listen to a beautiful Harp Ensemble Concert in a green space that creates clean air and reduces green house gases. Don't forget to bring your teddy bears for the Teddy Bear Picnic Parade!
Friday

Free Screening of "Bag It", Sponsored by the Waimea Ocean Film Festival

7:00 p.m., Bakken Auditorium, Mid-Pacific Institute, 2445 Kaala St., Honolulu, HI

"Bag It" is a movie about plastic bags and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Visit www.bagitmovie.com for more info.

For more info on the screening, contact Rae Okawa at rokawa@tnc.org

ARTafterDARK: Homegrown
6:00-9:00pm, Honolulu Academy of Arts

Free for Academy members, $10 for general public
ARTafterDARK gives props to all that is made in Hawai‘i—from the bountiful produce of our organic farms to the artwork now on view in Artists of Hawai‘i 2011. See a trailer for Robert Bates' in-progress documentary Ingredients Hawaii, watch kalo activist Daniel Anthony pound pa‘i ‘ai, eat food from Town restaurant made with MA‘O Farms produce, and check out island-made goods from HerbCo, OnoPops, Organik, Waialua Soda, Mu‘umu‘u Heaven and Indigenous Soaps. Sustainability was never so much fun.

Saturday Conservation Week Volunteer Fair
9:00 - 11:00 a.m., ING DIRECT Cafe, 1958 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu
One-stop shopping for volunteer opportunities to learn, protect or actively steward Hawaii’s natural environment.

Free Family Fishing Day at Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy the catch ‘n release fishing program while sharing the tranquil open space at Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden with the Hawaiian Coot or `alae ke’oke` (fulica alai), an endangered Hawaiian species. Bring rain gear, sun screen, water, and fresh white bread for bait (no live bait). Fishing poles will be available at the visitor center.

Roi Reckoning, All Invasives Spearfishing Tournament and Charity Fundraiser
Ko Olina Resort - 4th Lagoon
For more info visit www.westsidedive.com or contact Westside Dive & Tackle at 228-2295.

DOCARE Makai Watch Observation and Compliance Training

DOCARE training workshop on the newly standardized Makai Watch Community Observation & Incident Reporting program at Pupukea (Shark's Cove). The training, which teaches volunteers how to report fishing and other violations in the MLCD, is free, and necessary for anyone who would like to participate in Makai Watch. We are honored that DLNR Chairperson William Aila, Jr., Terry George, and Wayne Tanaka of DAR will be in attendance.

For more info visit Malama Pupukea-Waimea of email scubadrew@pupukeawaimea.org.

Kalihi Stream Clean-up and Painting

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

We need your help to mālama the streambank side while artists mālama the wall side. We are looking for 20 or more volunteers to pick up and bag rubbish within and along the banks of Kalihi Stream, eradicate invasive species, transplant native plants, and do some trail work. Gloves, trash bags, snacks and water will be provided. Please wear covered shoes, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, a refillable water bottle, and a hat. Volunteers and supportors will be acknowledged during the Art & 'Āina Celebration to follow from 4-6 PM. Please RSVP to: kaupa4kalihi@hawaii.rr.com