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Celebrate Earth Day at the Grow Hawaiian Festival!

Event highlights Hawaiian culture, native plants, and environmental protection 

April 5, 2010  
Janet Crawford
Phone:  (808) 543-4441

Honolulu: To celebrate Earth Day, Hawaiian Electric Company presents the Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum, on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The family-oriented event focuses on Hawaii’s cultural heritage, native plants, and the environment. Admission is free for kamaaina and military families with ID.

“At Hawaiian Electric, we remain committed to taking direct action to mitigate the contributions to global warming from electricity production, including promoting energy conservation and transitioning to clean and efficient energy production. Part of that effort is helping individuals understand the alternatives open to them so they can make the choices that are best for themselves,” said Hawaiian Electric Company Director of Education and Consumer Affairs Kaiulani de Silva. “And what better venue than an Earth Day celebration that highlights what is special to Hawaii—our culture, native plants, and the environment.”

At the festival, children and their parents will be fascinated by seeing the work of leading practitioners of Hawaiian arts and learning the traditional uses of native plants through hands-on demonstrations: beating kapa, weaving lau hala, pounding poi, making dyes, carving flutes, and crafting Hawaiian implements. On display will be kapa by Verna Takashima, woodwork by Solomon Apio and Umi Kai, weaving by Janice Kai, Patrick Horimoto, and Marques Marzan, lei by Euphemia Nagashima and Ann Kadowaki, dyes by Bernice Akamine, and Hawaiian nose flutes by Calvin Hoe.

Event attendees can take a tour of the native plants on Bishop Museum’s grounds, purchase native plants from Hui Ku Maoli Ola, and ask the Oahu Master Gardeners about growing them. They can buy t-shirts made with natural dyes from Hui Makua Punana Leo o Samuel M. Kamakau and relax with a healing lomilomi massage by Hui Mauli Ola.

Attendees can learn about climate change and reducing their carbon footprint by participating Bishop in Museum’s new interactive exhibit on climate change. And they can learn about conservation and Hawaii’s clean energy future at Hawaiian Electric’s information booths.

There will be Hawaiian food booths, entertainment by hula halau Na Pualei o Likolehua and students from Punana Leo o Samuel M. Kamakau, and music by Kaukahi, Holunape, and Weldon Kekauoha. Additionally, the first 100 attendees will receive a free, reusable grocery bag.
This is an event not to be missed by anyone interested in Hawaiian culture, native plants, and the environment. For further information go to or call 543-7511.