Jayven Stone (left, first photo) of Maui Meadows and Lia Giddens of Kihei hunt for eggs along the shoreline on Sunday at the 22nd annual Maui Earth Day Festival at the VFW in Kihei. Organizer Bruce Douglas said that instead of plastic eggs filled with unhealthy sugary treats, kids searched for wooden eggs that they could turn in for healthier treats like fruit leather.
Second photo: Sunshine, the 1-month-old deer, draws a gaggle of onlookers Sunday. Sylvan Schwab, executive director of the Boo Boo Zoo in Haiku, said that Sunshine had been hit by a car and was just learning to walk again. The festival drew keiki, adults and four-legged creatures to celebrate the Earth through music, healthy food, yoga, massage and an organic Easter egg hunt.
Third photo: Musicians fill the air with calming melodies at the sound healing tent Sunday at the 22nd annual Maui Earth Day Festival at the VFW in Kihei. About 2,000 people attended the festival, according to organizers.
The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photos
Pacific Biodiesel co-founder and President Bob King speaks to an Earth Day crowd at the company’s sunflower fields last year. Pacific Biodiesel announced today that it has been awarded the first state license for an industrial hemp farm on Maui. The 10-acre facility will be located in Central Maui. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo
Molokai came home with the Hopper-Turing Division Rookie Inspiration Award, given in recognition of the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) outreach program, on top of its normal robotics program.
Molokai’s Team 7724 robot competes in a match, which required the robots to carry plastic disks and balls to various scoring docks.
Members of the Molokai High School robotics team pose with their robot during the first day of competition at the FIRST Championship (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) from Wednesday to Saturday in Houston. Shown are robotics teacher and coach Edwin Mendija (from right), Randall Cabreros, Kamalu Kaawa-Richardson, Cobra Curtis, Nathalie Hosten, Evelyn Haase, Makani Davis and Maria Angst. Also pictured are Mendija’s wife Desirae and adviser Emilio Macalalad. Photos courtesy Molokai High School Robotics
Vehicles pass as surf washes over a roadway at Olowalu in 2018. Some of the state’s most iconic beaches could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. That’s alarming for a state where beach tourism is the primary economic driver. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo