Offering more than 50 booths and activities that showcase the Big Island’s environment, the Earth and Ocean Fair at Keauhou is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Keauhou Beach Resort and adjacent Kahaluu Beach Park.
Volunteers still are needed to help with the event – for both the Kahaluu (Ocean) side and the Earth side at the hotel.
Formally known as Coral Reef Awareness & Earth Day Fair, the day-long, family event is presented by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program and sponsored by Keauhou Resort.
“Spend the day with us and learn how you can support Hawaii Island’s fragile ecosystems and species through resource and habitat management, education and conservation practices,” said Cindy Pacheco, event organizer.
The fair’s goal is to raise awareness of environmental issues through educational and cultural activities for children and their families, she said.
Families are encouraged to attend the interactive learning opportunities, which include ReefTeach, Fish for Knowledge about the Sea, tide pool adventures and games showcasing creatures of the sea.
Cultural experts will teach poi pounding, lei making and hula dancing. Attendees are invited to sample fresh food prepared with Big Island-sourced ingredients.
Children and their parents can stroll through the grounds to meet “Humu,” the walking-talking fish and Green Power Girl, the “superhero” who teaches children about taking care of the planet.
New to this year’s fair is the opportunity for attendees to participate in the “ride your bike to the Earth & Ocean Fair” with Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) and the Hawaii Cycling Club. Meet 9 a.m. at the Stone Church at the intersection of Alii Drive and Royal Poinciana Avenue to ride to the fair.
The community bike ride will travel a couple of miles down Alii Drive and teach children the benefits of biking, the rules of the road and how riding can help the environment.
PATH will provide “valet” bicycle parking at the fair for attendees on two wheels. For biking info, visit www.pathhawaii.org or phone 936-4653.
For information on the Fair contact Sara at 936-0040 or Cindy at Hawaii Forest & Trail, 334-9555.