The 22nd annual Molokai Earth Day celebration on Friday brought out a large crowd to enjoy the food, live music, hula and, especially, the exhibits and information designed to help everyone take better care of our planet.
Inside the tent at the Kaunakakai Ballfield were numerous exhibits. Sponsors of the event, The Nature Conservancy, showed the public the efforts they have made in improving the quality of the East Molokai Watershed through its fencing and land management project.
Entertainment, featuring Moana’s Hula Halau and MoBettah Band, played from 5-9 p.m. Local food vendors offered many choices at this family-oriented event.
This year’s theme was, “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” provided the artwork for the theme. The beautiful design is featured on the Earth Day T-shirts, which were sold to help defer the cost of the event.
This year’s “Malama Kuleana Honua” recipient was Moses “Moke” Kim. Kim is best remembered for leading the “Hana Kupono” program at Molokai High and Intermediate School and has inspired many of our island youth 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.