Are you looking for activities that give you knowledge and the ability to give? Want to get out and get involved? Come down to a free event with farmers, traditional artists, and conservation professionals, all who share their love for plants with the public through presentations, demonstrations, display tables, and hands-on activities at the 11th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook on Saturday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. What else is great about this? The event is free and admission to the Garden is waived for the day.
The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook
Many (if not all) of us enjoy the delights that Hawaii has to offer, from fresh poke, cuisine, and local produce, to lush hikes through terrains rich in history and culture. And let's not forget what draws so many to our island home: the ocean wildlife - whales, dolphins, monk seals, colorful reef fish - anything we might be lucky to see here.
Yes, I realize we are already aware of the things that are advertised and used in marketing to lure visitors and welcome new residents, but have you ever heard of the Hawaiian Environmental Alliance? It's pretty cool, is so informational, and truly eye-opening.
Get Involved For a Better Future, a Better Hawaii
Whether we live, visit, or own real estate in Hawai'i, many of us don't know how to 'slow ourselves down' enough to really realize what sort of footprint we are leaving here for generations to come. Or even for our own lifetime.
The truth is, we do need to be aware, and many of us might be reluctant to welcome change. However, change is life, it is going to happen anyway, so we should strive to embrace it, grow, and flow in conjunction with change. The question is, can do we do this gracefully? Are we helping leave this amazing place even better?
We live in a state with overwhelming beauty so rich in abundance, but did you know there are also more endangered species per square mile on these islands than any other place in the world? The blessing is there are programs overflowing with information and people who care to educate and offer help to reverse the damage done thus far.
It's important to see every angle of our beautiful Hawai'i, whether you enjoy the beaches or the golf courses, the fishing, surfing, hiking, rare endemic wilderness, or the seasonal magnificent creatures that come here, just as the seasonal visitors do.
If we can slow ourselves down, prioritize and practice self-care, then it's not like work to get involved. There are fabulous programs like the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Kahea.org. Follow organizations like these and enlighten yourself and your loved ones.
If you would like additional information about this event, please contact me.