Happy Holidays from HAWAI'I WILDLIFE FUND!
2016 has been a very exciting 20th anniversary year for our team members, volunteers, and partners! We are thankful for your continued support of HWF conservation, education, research and restoration efforts dedicated to protecting native wildlife over the past two decades. This year, we were blessed to celebrate with over 130 of our friends and supporters during two fundraising events that were hosted in March (Olowalu, Maui) and October (Hilo, Hawaiʻi).
Mahalo to everyone who contributed to our accomplishments during this special year. Here are a few of the highlights:
• Maui had the most successful hawksbill nesting success record since we began 20 years ago, with a 95% hatching success (816 hatchlings) from 5 different nests!
• Hawaiʻi Island team members reached over 500 elementary and middle school students in 24 different classrooms with our new Marine Debris Keiki Education & Outreach (grades K – 5) and Coastal Ecosystems lessons (grade 6), and we plan to expand to neighbor islands in 2017 (link to Marine Debris curriculum).
• We hosted 40 individual beach cleanup events with more than 600 volunteers and removed over 11 metric tons (24,407 lbs.) from the shores of Hawaiʻi Island and Maui, and with the support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program & collaborative partners on Lānaʻi and Kauaʻi, we are expanding our reach to 4 different islands through June 2018.
• We designed a new Waiʻōhinu Coastal Strand brochure and are increasing our efforts to restore the native dry forest and anchialine ecosystems in this remote 1,331 acre forest reserve in southeast Hawaiʻi.
And we are still working to protect native wildlife in Hawaiʻi nei by stopping marine pollution at its source as well as through our beach cleanups – JOIN US:
• HWF and numerous nonprofit, community and restaurant partners have teamed up to reduce the usage of EPS foam (expanded polystyrene or a.k.a. Styrofoam) to-go ware containers through legislation on both Maui and Hawaiʻi Island. The next hearing by the Maui County Council will be this Fri. Dec 16th at 9AM. Please join us to testify in person about agenda item 16-204, OR submit testimony via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (sample email here). You can also sign this online petition to show your support (link here). Deadline to submit online testimony is Dec 15th at 9AM!
• Plus, we will keep you up to date as to when the Hawaiʻi County Council will host its first reading of Bill 248 (related to foam food containers at County facilities / events) by the new Council in the beginning of 2017. Draft 2 of this bill was referred to theEnvironmental Management Committee in mid October.
• We partnered with the Hawaiʻi Island Eyes of the Reef Network to create an educational flier about the hazards of certain chemicals (like Oxybenzone) in sunscreen products to our coral reefs. Please click here for a full resolution copy of this flier to print, post, and share with your networks and local retailers near you. Choose to cover up or use reef-safe sunscreen!