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Best Things to do in Oahu for Earth Day 2024

While we believe Earth Day should be every day, the official date of April 22 is just around the corner! And if you’re wondering about the best things to do in Oahu for Earth Day in 2024, we’ve compiled a list of local events and activities for your convenience. 

Here on Oahu there are plenty of ways to celebrate, from impactful volunteer events to fun kid-friendly activities. 

Escape the concrete jungles of Waikiki and embrace the raw beauty of Oahu on Earth Day 2024. Read on to learn our top recommendations for eco-friendly activities to make the most out of this special day while respecting and preserving our planet.

Attend a Beach cleanup

Oahu Beach Cleanups for Earth Day 2024

While Oahu is known for its pristine beaches and beautiful ocean, it’s not immune to human impact and pollution. A number of beaches around the island unfortunately often see plastics and discarded fishing nets washed up on shore.

Beach cleanups are a great way to make a difference in just a day! Here are some scheduled Earth Day 2024 Beach CleanUp Oahu Events:

W.O.W. Earth Day Waikiki Beach Cleanup
Saturday, April 20 at 7 am
Location: Meet at Duke’s Statue

You’re invited to make a difference for Earth Day! Located right in Waikiki, this cleanup event is perfect for those visiting from out of state. Continental breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend: 808.923.1094, Joann@waikikiimprovement.com.

Earth Day Cleanup at Magic Island
Sunday, April 21 from 8 am to 2 pm
Location: Magic Island
SCUBA divers, freedivers, and land support welcomed! All ages are invited to help on land and learn about protecting our Earth. Must be SCUBA certified to dive and bring your own gear and tank. Cutting tools, bags, and gloves will be provided in limited supply. Please bring them if you have them as well as a reusable water bottle.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii Earth Week Cleanups
Date and Times TBD
Location: Waimanalo
Join Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii in celebrating Earth Day! For now, SAVE THE DATES. Check their website for full information.

When you attend a beach cleanup in Oahu, you not only help keep Oahu’s beaches and waterways clean, but you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals in the community.

Plant a Tree

Holding baby tree. Where to plant trees in Oahu

It’s a classic Earth Day activity for a reason – every tree planted makes a difference! 

And in Oahu, there are a couple of different options for an easy way to plant a tree even if you are visiting. 

Gunstock Ranch Legacy Forest Planter’s Experience

If you have transportation and are willing to invest in the experience, Gunstock Ranch on the north shore offers an amazing experience for those looking to plant a tree in Oahu. The purchase of a trackable $120 native Hawaiian tree directly supports the non-profit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative. And during the tour, guides share information about Hawaii’s unique ecosystem and how your tree will contribute to it. You can even remotely track your tree’s growing progress afterward!

Plant Kalo at Kualoa Ranch

Although it’s not a tree, kalo is an incredibly significant plant in Hawaiian culture, and planting it is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Kualoa Ranch offers a fantastic hands-on Malama experience that captures the importance of sustainability and watershed management through cleaning, planting, or harvesting kalo. 

Aloha Tree Alliance Community Tree Planting 

Looking for a free way to plant a tree? Consider volunteering with Aloha Tree Alliance on Saturday, April 20. During this community tree planting volunteer event, volunteers remove invasive species, prepare the earth, and plant native trees on one of the most beautiful hiking trails in east Oahu, the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail.

Tree plantings remain a simple but powerful way to fight pollution and create a legacy that will give back to the earth and the community for decades to come.

Make family-friendly art

Earth Day Crafting in Oahu

Families in Oahu may be looking for more simple, fun ways to get their kids involved in Earth Day. Luckily the South Shore Market has put together a fantastic event for families.

Earth Day at the South Shore Market Courtyard

April 22 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: South Shore Market Courtyard

Ward Village has teamed up with Sustainable Farm & Brew to offer four activity stations, including a butterfly art station, flower pen making crafts, caterpillar experience and a seasonal photo booth. Grab a stamp card, visit at least three stations, and you’ll receive a self-watering planter!  Lemon Supply will be serving sustainable treats including lemonade and lemon peel jerky samples. All offerings are complimentary while supplies last. 

We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children! 

Shop at a Zero Waste Store

If you’re considering shopping on Earth Day, we’d encourage you to reduce your environmental footprint by shopping at zero waste stores like Keep it Simple Honolulu Zero Waste and Protea Zero Waste

These stores offer more sustainable alternatives to products that often contain single-use plastics. They also offer fantastic gift options and souvenirs that promote a more conscious way of living.

Get Out in Nature

Take advantage of Oahu’s breathtaking landscapes by going on a nature walk or a boat ride. There’s no better way to remind yourself of the beauty that the Earth provides than walking in the island’s forests, mountains and pristine coastline. 

Consider booking a boat ride with Aloha Ocean, where you can experience the wonders of the ocean and encounter marine life in their natural habitat rather than captivity. During the tour, your guide will share valuable information about Oahu’s fragile marine ecosystem and protected wildlife.

This Earth Day, let’s come together to appreciate and protect the beauty of Oahu and its precious natural resources. Whether you’re shopping sustainably, volunteering, cleaning up the beach or simply enjoying the great outdoors, every action counts towards building a more sustainable and resilient future for our planet.

view the beauty of oahu's marine wildlife in their natural habitat on a tour with Aloha Ocean

 

Aloha Ocean offers the opportunity to swim with wild pelagic dolphins in their natural habitat in beautiful West Oahu.