The concept of Mauka to Makai has been a traditional Hawaiian concept since ancient times, and that's the theme of an event coming up at the Waikiki aquarium later this month on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Director of Facility Maintenance for the City & County of Honolulu, Ross Sasamura joined us this morning to talk about the program
The Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo is a FREE, family-friendly event held at the Waikiki Aquarium on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will have interactive booths showcasing programs that preserve and protect Hawaii's environment. Helping to promote the importance of keeping Hawai?i clean and free of pollution, from the mountaintops to the ocean is the focus of our event.
Guests will enjoy live entertainment and interactive activities from various organizations including hands-on learning, arts and crafts, as well as educational displays. These activities showcase ways to protect and preserve Hawai?i's environment. We'll also have a native plant giveaway for the first 500 people who complete their passport, a fish release and a feeding at the Aquarium's Edge of the Reef exhibit.
We're engaging citizens in water stewardship practices through programs like our Adopt-a-Stream and Adopt-a-Block clean ups, Malama O Ka Aina, and Storm Drain & Street Gutter Marking.
We're also seeking public and private partnerships to reduce trash leaving our drain system by 50% within the next decade through new infrastructure, municipal practices, and residential behavioral changes.
To learn more, you can visit their website for more information about the event, or visit our Facebook page.