On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. Be a part of this growing global celebration! The world’s ocean generates the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate and provides limitless inspiration (not to mention recreation for surfers, paddlers, divers, etc.). We need to take care of it.
Here’s a rundown on some of the events happening around Hawaii in June, World Oceans month:
>> Saturday, June 8, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Aina Haina Public Library, 5246 Kalanianaole Highway: Aina Haina Public Library celebrates World Ocean Day with a talk on “Protecting the Ocean and Our Health — Plastic Reduction Solutions” by Suzanne Frazer, co-founder of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai‘i. Free and open to the public, with door prizes from B.E.A.C.H.
>> Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon, World Oceans Day at the Waikiki Aquarium. 2777 Kalakaua Ave: Learn about shark tagging, water quality testing, watch an ocean-themed Dr. Seuss film and enjoy a special performance of “Honu by the Sea.” Activities included with Aquarium admission. Also, don’t miss the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival at the Aquarium which will offer “What Makes a Fish a Fish” (June 12), “Dive into Diversity” (June 19) and “Who Lives in the Sea?” (Jun 26)
>> Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon at Fresh Cafe‘s Loft Space, 831 Queen St.: Zumba fundraiser featuring Suelang Watson. Zumba, refreshments, raffles and a leotard contest (for both men and women). Cost is $10. Proceeds go to Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
>> Saturday, June 8: Lucid Publishing is offering free downloads of educational children’s book by award-winning author Monika Mira, including “Fun Fish Facts for Kids,” “Coral Reefs” and “Hawaii’s Green Sea Turtles.” on Amazon Kindle. Also you can visit www.lucid-hawaii.com to get free coloring sheets with tips for coral reef conservation.
>> June 10 to 27, Ka ‘Ike o Ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean at Honolulu Hale. Special exhibit of educational displays and artwork celebrating National Oceans Month. Free.
>> Saturday, June 15: Surfrider Foundation host a 9 a.m. beach cleanup at Diamond Head. Tickets to the Damien Marley and Santigold Concert that night will be given away at the end of the beach cleanup (winners must be present to win).
>> Friday, June 21, 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Kailua District Park (21 S. Kainalu Dr.): Kailua Full Moon Concert partners with Hui O Ko‘olaupoko to offer a free concert featuring Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa and Saloon Pilots. The family-friendly event will also offer food vendors and a free bike valet. A $5 donation is welcome. Proceeds benefit the environmental restoration work of Hui O Ko‘olaupoko (which aims to protect ocean health by restoring the ‘aina mauka to makai).
Listed below are the dates, times and locations of the chapter cleanups and events for International Surfing Day:
Maui Ch: Cleanup at Launiuopoko Beach Park, Sat., 6/15, from 9am – 1pm, with yoga, SUP demonstrations, prizes and a catered lunch. For more info, go to Maui.Surfrider.org.
Oahu Ch.: Cleanup at Diamond Head with Sustainable Coastlines & BAMP, Sat., 6/15, 9:30am-1pm, with yoga, lunch and prizes, including tickets to BAMP’s concert with Damian Marley on Sat. night. The Chapter will also set up a Surfrider table at Whole Foods Kahala on Thur., 6/20, 12:00-7:00pm with contests, prizes and special 1-day membership gifts. For more info, go to Oahu.Surfrider.org.
Kauai Ch.: A Party called “For Love Of The Ocean” at Nawiliwili Yacht Club in Lihue on Fri., 6/21, 6:00-9:00pm with music, food, silent auction & refreshments. For more info, go to Kauai.Surfrider.org.
Hilo Ch.: TBA— Cleanup at Onekahakaha Beach Park, Thur., 6/20, 9:00am till pau, with UH Hilo’s Pacific Island Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES), featuring a marine life demo and followed by a BBQ with free food and drinks. For more info, go to Hilo.Surfrider.org.
Kona Ch.: TBA—please check their website at Kona.Surfrider.org.
It’s cool to click on worldoceansday.org/2013 and find that events are happening all around the globe — from Asia to Central America, Europe, the Middle East and South America.
- Earth Day Plastic Solutions, Celebrate with a Purpose! (oceangirlproject.com)
- Mahalo to everyone who participated in our Beach Clean up at Baby Makapuu! (oceangirlproject.com)
- This World Oceans Day, Let’s Celebrate How Water Connects Us All (nationalaquarium.wordpress.com)