Celebrate Earth Day in Hawaii with some green work. Where to go.by: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 05:23 PM
This week, as we celebrate Earth Day, green-minded voluntourism opportunities in Hawaii, ranging from beach cleanups to native plant restoration efforts, are in the works.
By volunteering for even a few hours with endeavors aimed at preserving paradise, you can gain a deeper appreciation of Hawaii’s awe-inspiring yet fragile environment.
Environmental voluntourism offers vacationing visitors an opportunity to authentically connect with our landscapes, seascapes and people.
Yes, you will get dirt under your fingernails. And you may walk away from your volunteering stint with mud-caked shoes and salt water in your hair, but you’ll likely end the day with a smile on your face. Why? It just feels good to know that you can help protect Hawaii’s beauty by dedicating a few hours of your time in the Islands for a morning or afternoon of getting involved.
Here and on the next page, you’ll find a list of Earth Day opportunities on Kauai, Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. Additional details about each of these and other workdays and events are available at the Preserve Hawaii website, operated by Kirsten Whatley, author of Preserving Paradise: Opportunities in Volunteering for Hawaii’s Environment.
Surfrider Kauai, Sierra Club & Malama Mahaulepu
Beach cleanup at Mahaulepu Beach, starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 23. Bring sunscreen, hat, and water. Trash bags and gloves provided. For more info, call (808) 635-2593 or click here.
Friends of Kamalani & Lydgate Park
Cleanup at the beach, elaborate playground area and elsewhere in the Lydgate Park, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 23. Bring sun protection, work gloves, sturdy and flexible rakes. Check in at tents near Kamalani Playground. Refreshments and lunch provided. For more information, contact ThomasNoyes@hawaiiantel.net, call (808) 639-1018 or click here.
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