Earth Day celebration at PTA draws more than 300
More than 300 Big Island schoolchildren trekked up Mauna Kea to experience Pohakuloa Training Area’s annual Earth Day celebration on Thursday. The event was free and open to the public.
Garrison commander Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez said the celebration helps the taxpayers see how the $7 million per year is spent for the Army to coexist with the natural and cultural resources within PTA.
The 201-square-mile area is home to 27 endangered species.
About 23,000 square acres of fenced units are now ungulate free thanks to a partnership with local hunters.
Interactive displays covered many topics including the Keck Telescope, managing cultural resources, lunar rover, managing native plants and animals and hydrogen fuels, along with a virtual tour of a lava tube.
St. Joseph students watch a Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems space rover in action during PTA’s Earth Day celebration on Thursday.