Mālama Learning Center is working closely with the Hawai'i Department of Agriculture through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to heighten awareness about the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) throughout West O'ahu communities, and lead residents to take action to reduce habitat for these invasive pests. CRB is not native to Hawai'i and attacks, as its name implies, coconut trees as well as other palms, including the native Hawaiian loulu. It can kill these trees through boring through the trunk. Larvae of CRB are often found in green waste and mulch piles. To be successful, we must work together to reduce habitat for the CRB.
Mahalo nui loa to all who came to the Chase the CRB! Halloween Spooktacular! on Saturday, October 10 the Pearl City Urban Garden Center! We loved how kids and adults alike dressed up as a favorite bug or other costume for a fun night. We hunted for the invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle and other critters, told spooky stories, spoke with "mad scientists," learned to garden sustainably, and tasted 'ono food made from coconut.
Watch the following videos created by Kapolei High School's Hurricane Films and Outside Hawai'i (OC16) in partnership with the Mālama Learning Center.