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Coral protection key goal of Blue Lagoon Festival

Date Posted: 2008-09-26

Environmental pollution is increasing in waters surrounding Okinawa, and civic leaders and groups are scrambling to promote programs to increase awareness and to raise money to protect habitat, coral and fish.

This weekend’s Blue Lagoon Festival is a key fundraising event to focus attention on the decline of coral, and more than a dozen bands are flocking to 21st Century Forest Park to make music on the environment’s behalf. The Blue Lagoon Festival opens at 2 p.m. Saturday on the outdoor stage, running virtually non-stop through 9 p.m. Beach cleaning kicks off Sunday festival events, followed by entertainment from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Caravan, Keison, Spinna B-ill, Braddigan feat kat and aloha-ohana are among Saturday’s headline performers. Sunday brings Moomin, Rickie-G, Keyco, Oki, the Majestics, Sister Kaya, Tiare Heipua and N-Jami to the stage, along with others.

One-day advance tickets are ¥4,000, or ¥4,500 at the gate. A two-day ticket for ¥7,000 is being sold at a variety of locations, including Ticket PIA, Okinawa Coop Apple, Tower Records Naha Branch, and at other CD shops across the island.

Organizers are dedicated to curbing environmental and water pollution that has coral dying off in Okinawa waters. Coral transplants and eradication ofpoison starfish are among the efforts to clean up local waters. They are looking for local charitable and civic groups to join with them and become involved in protection Okinawa’s waters, a key element of the island’s growing tourism trade.

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