PHOTOS: UH Hilo Earth Day Fair!

The 28th annual Earth Day Fair was held today on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, sponsored by UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College.

School children and their teachers gather on the Library Lanai at Earth Day booths. In the back is a large sign, "EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY."
Over 1,000 local schoolchildren took part in workshops and environmental learning activities at the 2016 Earth Day Fair and Conservation Career Day held on the campus of UH Hilo April 22. Click photos to enlarge.


More photos added April 26, click to enlarge:


Earth Day Fair

This year’s Earth Day celebration was bustling with educational videos, informational exhibits and science demonstrations, expert guest speakers, a food sustainability panel, environmental science skill-building workshops, marine touch-tanks, dance troupes, HICCUP Circus performance, hula, storytellers, face-painting, campus garden tours, an environmental career fair, unmanned aerial vehicle flight simulators, and many other engaging activities. Free plants, fruits, and other giveaways were available throughout the day.

Conservation Career Day

The 4th annual Conservation Career Day was held in collaboration with Earth Fair. The event drew local scientists and agencies in the field of natural resource management, with the goal to inspire local students to become environmental stewards and to pursue careers in natural resource management. This event is designed to provide information to middle and high school students, with a specific focus on local employment opportunities.


Over 50 organizations from around the state set up across campus with interactive displays and booths and made particular effort to include events of interest to UH students and the campus community, including:

  • Morning keynote address by Donna Kahakui, renowned long distance paddler and founder of Kai Makana, entitled Malama ʻAina & the Power of One – The Power of YOU!  (9:30 AM in the UH Hilo Gym)
  • An afternoon presentation by Jesse Potter, founder of Pōhāhā I Ka Lani, a Hawaiian organization to revitalize and advance indigenous Hawaiian culture working in Waipiʻo, entitled “Listening to Kuleana” (12:15 – 1 PM in STB 108)
  • A panel discussion on Food Sustainability and Local Agriculture, featuring UH Hilo faculty Norman Arancon and Celia Bardwell-Jones, along with Scott Laaback, Jeff Melrose, and Drake Weinert (12-2 PM, UCB 127)
  • Demonstrations and activities included poi pounding, a marine touch tank, music and dancing.
  • Wonderful local food provided by Liko Lehua, Island Naturals, Conscious Culture Cafe, and Sweet Cane Café, along with coffee from Sharks Coffee.

The event welcomed over 1000 local schoolchildren who took part in workshops and environmental learning activities—an opportunity to introduce UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC to the next generation of students.

Children visiting a booth with a display of greenery and leaves. The boys all have the same colored t-shirt on.


About the photographer: Claudia Hagan (part-time student, marketing and digital photography) is a photographer for the Office of the Chancellor.