In celebration of Earth Day, Mālama Learning Center will host its first Ola Nā Kini Earth Day Hoʻolauleʻa on April 20. The Ola Nā Kini initiative launched in 2017, to sprout awareness and support for restoring forests and watersheds around West Oʻahu.
The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nānākuli Public Library and will feature presentations by Ola Nā Kini students as well as educational exhibits showcasing their projects that celebrate the conservation of culture and sustainability of Hawaiʻi.
The special Earth Day celebration, with the theme “Our ‘Āina, Our Community,” is made possible by a $3,000 grant awarded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ʻAhahui grant program as well as funding provided by NOAA B-WET Hawaiʻi and the Kamehameha Schools Waiʻanae Region.
Participating schools include Ka Waihona O Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School, Kamaile Academy, Kapolei High School, Mililani High School, Nānākuli High & Intermediate, Waiʻanae High, and Waipahu High School.
The free celebration is open to the public and will also feature exhibits by Mililani High School’s Youth Envisioning Sustainable Futures program, as well as interactive activities including natural Easter egg dying, live butterfly exhibits, and ti leaf lei making. Guests can also enjoy student entertainment and farm-to-table food tastings.
Ola Nā Kini–which translates to “Life for the Multitude” in Hawaiian–focuses on replanting native plants that once thrived in the islands, including those along the Waiʻanae Mountains. In line with Mālama Learning Center’s efforts to bring art, science, conservation, and culture together to promote sustainable living throughout Hawai‘i, this program aims to heal the land, ocean and multitude of life through engagement and education. Participants study and explore the value of planting native trees, shrubs and ground cover, as well as culturally important and edible plants that reduce erosion, improve watersheds, preserve Hawaiian culture, and reduce the effects of climate change. All of these efforts strengthen the resilience of landscapes and communities.
For more information about Mālama Learning Center and the Ola Nā Kini Earth Day Ho’olaule’a, visit www.malamalearningcenter.org or call (808) 497-5323. Also, follow Mālama Learning Center on Facebook and on Twitter.
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