The Nature Conservancy will announce the winners of the “Stop Invasive Algae – Protect Our Kāne‘ohe Bay!” poster contest at an Earth Day celebration at Windward Mall this Saturday, April 20, at 11a.m.
More than 100 posters on protecting and preserving Kāne‘ohe Bay were submitted by 4th-6th graders from windward Oʻahu schools. Prizes from Windward Mall merchants will be awarded to the winners in three different categories stating at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All posters will be on display at Windward Mall through May 3rd.
Several kūpuna and area residents and artists volunteered their time to help judge the art and select winners. These included:
• Alice Hewett – Kāne‘ohe community Kūpuna
• Rocky Kaluhiwa – Kāne‘ohe community Kūpuna
• Jo-Ann Leong – Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
• Crystal Rose –Nature Conservancy Trustee, Kāne‘ohe resident
• Nathan Yuen – Professional photographer
• Meleanna Meyer – Professional artist
The Kāne‘ohe Bay Reef Restoration Project is a joint effort between The Nature Conservancy and state Division of Aquatic Resources to remove invasive algae from Kāne‘ohe Bay. Scientists are using underwater vacuums, or “Super Suckers,” to clean invasive algae off the reefs, and then seeding the reefs with native sea urchins that eat the algae and keep it from growing back. With enough native sea urchins and fish, Kāne‘ohe Bay can thrive again.
Staff from The Nature Conservancy and state Division of Aquatic Resources gave presentations to 4th-6th graders in interested windward O’ahu schools and then invited them to create a poster depicting the project as part of an Earth Day contest.
The Earth Day celebration at Windward Mall will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and includes booths and exhibits on marine and terrestrial conservation and climate change, activities and games for keiki, and performances by Halau Hula o Leilehua and a concert by Taimane Gardner. For more information, go to http://www.windwardmall.com/event/earth-day-at-windward-mall/
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.