The Nature Conservacy's Molokaʻi Earth Day is a true community gathering. It annually attracts more than 1,200 people, or close to one-fifth of the island’s population. In the opinion of many, it is the best Earth Day event in the state. On Friday, April 21st, the event celebrates its 25th anniversary. The theme for 2017 is climate change. Molokaʻi was the first island program the Conservancy established in Hawaiʻi. And one of the basic tenets of our conservation efforts is the importance of working in partnership with the local communities whose resources we are trying to protect.
A Community Gathering
Each year at the Mitchell Pauole Center, the Molokaʻi community turns out to celebrate the island’s natural wonders and to enjoy the food, entertainment and educational displays.
A Diverse Mix of Displays
The educational display for the Moloka'i Invasive Species Committee is one of many at the celebration.
Educating keiki is a big part of what Moloka'i Earth Day is all about.
Keiki from a Moloka'i elementary school perform at the Earth Day celebration.
Sneaking a Peek
A young performer sneaks a peak at the cameraman.
Laulau and other tasty local foods are a big attraction on Earth Day.
How about some fried akule with Okinawan sweet potato and rice?
Master of Ceremonies
Long-time Conservancy staff member Brian Naole serves as master of ceremonies.
Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires
Smokey Bear makes a surprise appearance. Forest fires are a serious problem on Moloka'i.
Members of a local hula halau perform in Earth Day green.
Hula is Nature
A solo performance captures the beauty of hula.
The evening ends with a performance by a top island band.