Grand Opening Set For Hawaii Wildlife Center

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  November 19, 2011 is when the Hawaii Wildlife Center will open its doors and become the first and only state-of-the-art response facility in the pacific islands exclusively for native wildlife. The HWC will treat many different species for many different ailments, including orphaned wildlife affected by natural or man-made disasters.  Their hope is to successfully re-introduce treated and rehabilitated wildlife to their natural habitat. Organizers will continue to raise money for the center so that there will be sufficient funds to keep the center operating, paying staff, and educating the public. Efforts are still underway to help the HWC reach its goal of $120,000 of fundraising so that its first year of expected operational costs will be covered. After years of fundraising, grant writing, designing and permitting, and hundreds of hours from volunteers, the Hawaii Wildlife Center will celebrate its grand opening in a big way! Kumu Hula Raylene Ha’alelea Kawaiaea will conduct a blessing. Invited dignitaries will then express their support of the HWC. Kohala Middle school students will be providing tours of the facility just after the symbolic untying of the maile lei. Performances will be given by the students of Kohala Hula Halau Kalaniumi Aliloa O Hawaii Nei, as well as entertainment from Hoku Hanohano and grammy award winning slack key guitarist John Keawe. According to their website, once HWC is fully operational, trained volunteer docents will escort visitors through the courtyard and other outdoor facilities. The docents will provide visitors to the center with informative information about the flora and the exhibits located within the HWC. The courtyard exhibits will display native Hawaiian wildlife, the conservation challenges affecting its species, and the role of the HWC in rehabilitating injured or distressed wildlife. There will also be a small retail shop that will offer natural history books and related products within the receptionist’s office.

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