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Hawaii Celebrates Earth Day in Many Ways

By Roger Mari

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS (KHNL) -- Earth day is April 22nd. The day is observed in many different ways in Hawaii.

One of the events happening this weekend is the 5th Annual Kokua Festival which supports environmental education in schools and throughout the community. This year's Kokua Festival on Saturday and Sunday featuring Jack Johnson, Dave Mathews and Tim Reynolds is sold out.

Elsewhere on Saturday, members of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii will help restore Mokauea Island. It was once self-sustaining, but today it's a fishpond, overgrown with mangrove, and it's shoreline is littered with Oahu's debris.

Also on Saturday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will also hold it's 3rd Annual Hawaiian Monk Seal count.

Here's what's happening on the neighbor islands. On the Big Island this Friday, Hawaii Community College will hold it's Earth Day fair, where more than 70 exhibits will be on display.

Saturday will be the 8th Annual Coral Reef Awareness and Earth Day fair. Displays will showcase Hawaii's fragile ecosystems.

It will be Ocean Day on the 26th. This community outreach event is to raise awareness of issues concerning ocean resources, ocean safety and conservation.

On Maui, Earth Day celebrations on the 19th will include a plant sale at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.

On the 26th and 27th, it's the 16th Annual East Maui Taro Festival.

On Molokai, an Earth Day celebration will honor the statewide declaration of 2008 as year of the reef.

There will be educational displays, prizes and great entertainment.

This takes place at the Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai.

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