From the dryland forests of North Kona to the coral reefs of Kahalu‘u Bay, the Big Island presents one of the most diverse and ecologically fragile places on Earth. With so many native species fast becoming endangered here, or worse, disappearing forever, one could argue that every day should be Earth Day in Hawaii.
This year, the Kona community will be coming together for several important, educational Earth Day events. On Saturday, April 23, the annual Earth and Ocean Festival at Keauhou will take place at Keauhou Beach Resort from 10 a. m. to 3 p.m.
Putting the focus on the unique treasures of Hawaii Island, the festival will feature more than 60 non-profit organizations, agencies and schools — all of which will be on hand to educate and help raise awareness about environmental issues on the Big Island.
Festival attendees can meet with representatives of such organizations at Manta Pacific Foundation, West Hawaii Fisheries Council, Hawaii Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, The Nature Conservancy, and Hawaii Wildlife Center. In addition, the cultural arts of Hawaii will be showcased through demonstrations and interactions with artisans, including lauhala weavers, kapa makers, lei makers and more. Taking center stage, the acclaimed musical duo, Hapa, will perform live at the festival.
Meanwhile, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will present its inaugural Grand Green Homes Tour on Sunday, May 1 in honor of Earth Day. A total of 12 homes will be featured, divided between Kona, Waimea and Kohala. The tours are staggered so that attendees can visit more than one district. Ticket price is $20 for entrance into four individual homes. The Kona tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Waimea from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Kohala from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit kona-kohala.com.
And speaking of tours, if you find yourself in the Holualoa neighborhood, stop by the Holualoa Inn for a tour of this elegant bed and breakfast retreat. A romantic Hawaiian vacation awaits guests of the Big Island B&B nestled on 30 lush acres. A bounty of tropical fruits, flowers and 100-percent Kona coffee is grown at this landmark coffee estate in the heart of Kona Coffee Country.
A hui hou!
Innkeeper Holualoa Inn