2014 Molokai Earth Day
The Nature Conservancy Molokai News Release
Celebrate the environment and malama aina at the 22nd annual Molokai Earth Day this year on April 18. Come learn from conservation exhibits that bring awareness to our natural resources and what environmental organizations, agencies and local groups are doing to preserve it. Enjoy entrainment, including Moana’s Hula Halau and MoBettah Band, and local food vendors during this grass roots, family-oriented event from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kaunakakai Ball Field.
An annual event theme is developed by the Earth Day committee and local cultural experts. The 2014 theme is, “He Wa`a He Moku, He Moku He Wa`a; Your canoe is like an island, an island is like your canoe.” The theme describes how your canoe, like your island is surrounded by water, isolated and with limited resources. Zennie Sawyer of “Haku Designs” has been providing the artwork for the theme and again has done a beautiful design and is featured on the Earth Day T-shirts, which will be sold to help defer the cost of the event.
There will also be lots of prizes including the “dry box” and bicycle!
This year’s “Malama Kuleana Honua” recipient is Moses “Moke” Kim. Moke is best remembered for leading the “Hana Kupono” program at Molokai High and Intermediate School and has inspired many of our island youths how to malama aina. For at least 10 years, part of his program was inserting a natural history slide show given to every seventh grader and followed up with a field trip to Kamakou Preserve.
The Molokai Earth Day event began in 1993 and is sponsored annually by The Nature Conservancy and co-sponsored by the County of Maui and the East Molokai Watershed Partnership.