Now celebrated in more than 192 countries, Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. It was actually begun back in 1970 by a U.S. senator and was the start of the modern environmental education movement, focusing on the importance of being more responsible caretakers of our precious Planet Earth. Today most people are aware of the need to be environmentally responsible, but here in Hawaii, that attitude has always been an important value. You may hear the term “Aloha`aina” which means showing respect and love for the land, or “Malama the `Aina” which means caring for and nurturing the land. Both are values long perpetuated by the Hawaiian people.
Millions of visitors come each year to share a bit of the beauty and aloha found here and we want it to remain as unspoiled as possible for future generations. To that end, there are a few things you can do to help us protect our North Shore during your visit. The first, and most obvious, is to be sure you do not leave any `opala (trash) on our beaches. When you are at the beach, or just driving around, remember to respect the flora and fauna of Hawaii. The ecosystem of our ocean is fragile and the coral reefs are easily damaged. Some beach areas are part of a conservation district, meaning the animals, fish, and plants there are protected. The biodiversity of these areas is easily threatened by pollution. Enjoy the marine life unique to Hawaii and try to leave the natural environment “as you found it”.
Another aspect of environmental awareness we are especially concerned with on the North Shore is sustainable agriculture. We proudly support our local, small farms! One place you can find healthy, organic produce is at Celestial Natural Foods and they will be having their annual Earth Day Sale on April 20th and 21st. There will be storewide discounts of 20%, prize drawings, sample giveaways, and demonstrations from leading companies! For over thirty years this has been a “go to” place for healthy, organic, and locally grown products. Treat yourself to some farm fresh produce or stop in to the Beet Box Café at the rear of the store for a delicious lunch! Find out more on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Celestial-Natural-Foods/178056188909118
However you choose to spend the day, we hope you will enjoy Earth Day in this beautiful part of the earth ….the North Shore of Oahu!