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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Hawaiʻi

April 14th, 2021 Culture
Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Hawaiʻi

Each year on April 22, people around the world celebrate our home, planet Earth. The planet deserves kindness and Earth Day serves as our reminder to give back. Small changes can make a big difference when working to reduce your environmental footprint. Although responsibly enjoying Hawaiʻi’s natural beauty, refusing plastic, and shopping and eating local are important steps we can all take each and every day, Earth Day is a great time to start some new eco-friendly efforts. In the spirit of giving, here are ways to take action and celebrate Earth Day in Hawaiʻi, today and every day!

Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, organized clean-ups mentioned may be cancelled without notice. We recommend checking individual websites for updates and social distancing measures before visiting. Please travel responsibly and follow mask requirements and social distancing procedures.

Join a Beach Cleanup

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi frequently hosts organized hands-on beach cleanups around the islands. This year, their Earth Day cleanup will take place at Sherwood Beach in Waimanalo and SCH will have all the cleanup supplies covered. Clean up trash from the beach with like-minded volunteers and protect Hawaiʻi’s waters and beach habitat. Sign up as a beach cleanup volunteer here.

Help Restore the Loko Ea Fishpond

The sacred lake on the North Shore is a place for locals to celebrate their culture, gather together, and aloha kekahi i kekahi (love one another). The Malama Loko Ea Foundation hosts a weekly Community Work Day every Saturday for volunteers to join in restoring Loko ea. Registration is required.

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree can be a very powerful action. Whether you’re celebrating Earth Day, planting to remember a loved one, or simply beginning a new chapter in your life, the positive intention will have a lasting impact. Gunstock Ranch in Kahuku has partnered with The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to return Hawaiʻi’s forests to the native landscape by offering a special Horseback Planter’s Experience. The two-hour eco-excursion includes a picnic lunch, private horseback tour through the Hawaiian countryside, and the opportunity to leave your mark by planting a native Monarch Milo tree in their Legacy Forest.

Help Rehabilitate the Heʻeia Estuary Habitat

The non-profit Hui o Koʻolaupoko organization is dedicated to restoring the Heʻeia Stream on Oʻahu’s windward coast by clearing invasive plant species to restore flow, re-planting native plants, and improving the habitat for native aquatic species and shorebirds. Join the group every third Saturday of the month to help secure the beauty and health of the habitat, take in the views, and play in the mud! RSVP here.

Offset your Air Travel

Help fight climate change before you even land in Hawaiʻi by joining the movement for green travel. Jet Set Offset automatically donates one cent per mile (the average estimate of the cost to offset carbon emissions from individual air travel) to your favorite environmental cause - every time you fly. Simply sign up, choose an organization to receive your mileage-based donation, and relax while they track your miles. Popular environmental organizations that have partnered with Jet Set Offset include the Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, and American Alpine Club.

How will you help mālama ia Hawaiʻi (take care of Hawaiʻi)? We hope you can use these ideas as a springboard for aiding the environment on your visit to the island.

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