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.
Here's a fun upcoming event, great for all members of the family! Chase the CRB! Halloween Spooktacular! Saturday, October 10 from 5-7 pm at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center, 955 Kamehameha Highway. Dress up as a favorite bug or other costume for a night of hunting the invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle and other critters, with games, arts and crafts, prizes, spooky stories, talks with "mad scientists" and food tastings while also learning about sustainable gardens from master gardeners. For ages 4-13. FREE. For info, call 670-5244. Sign up on Eventbrite.
Watch the following videos created by Kapolei High School's Hurricane Films and Outside Hawai'i (OC16) in partnership with the Mālama Learning Center.