April is not only Earth Month but it's also Hawaii Native Species Month. Even better and more specifically, April 25th has officially been proclaimed ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Day by the State of Hawaii. It's no secret that we're obsessed with the ʻōhiʻa lehua flower, after all we've made three swimsuits now that feature it. So this year we're inviting you to celebrate (virtually) with us, and here's how:
Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative is hosting live tours of the dry forest preserve on Facebook each week. Follow them to find out when the next one is and bring the kids on a virtual tour of a unique native ecosystem. Follow on Facebook.
Watch With Us: This 28-minute short film by Club Sullivan won 3 Emmy's last year and highlights the importance of the ʻōhiʻa species and the current threat of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.
Hawaii Illustrator, Nicole Nadmar has created fun (and quite impressive) coloring pages you can download and print for free. This month she's included native species like the wiliwili flower and the ʻōhiʻa lehua to help tap into your artsy side and pass the time. Download Coloring Pages.
Make a bid on one of these unique ʻōhiʻa lehua products and help raise funds to support native species propagation at the Lyon Estate. We've even included one of our ʻōhiʻa lehua one-pieces in the auction! Make a Bid Now.
Support Small Businesses & Give Back:
Here's a list of the artists and designers participating in this years ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Day. Your purchase from one of these small businesses returns a donation to help save the ʻōhiʻa lehua species.
MagdakineDesigns Swimwear: Limited-edition sustainable swimwear
Salty Western: Handmade leather handbags and accessories by Taira Barron
Boho Being: Mother Nature-Inspired, small batches of ceramic functional & sculptural art
Nico Made: Nature-inspired stationery and graphic design
Trudi Art: Paintings and jewelry by Trudi Galera
David Shepard: Men's aloha shirts in native floral prints
Laulima: Native species pins and patches
Nicole Namdar: Prints and clothing inspired by the islands
We'll be updating this page as new events and celebrations come to our attention. So bookmark us and come back!
Happy Native Species Month!