In commemoration of the recent Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, I volunteered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to do a beach clean up at Malaekahana on the north shore of O’ahu. Organized by Jack Johnson’s Kokua Hawaii Foundation’s Plastic Free Hawai’i program, he and his family helped with the clean-up, which yielded roughly 1500 pounds of plastic and other marine debris, including ghost-nets and heavy ropes buried in the sand, a steel post, and a large piece of a plastic pallet. The photo below is what I personally collected in just over an hour.
After the clean up, our group stopped to pick up trash strewn along the highway that we had passed on the way in, and then we stopped for a slammin’ plate of lamb curry from Fiji Market in Kahuku, and continued on to the small, picturesque town of Ka’a’awa so the boys could surf.
It was a gorgeous day full of awe-inspiring panoramas, and my first opportunity to see more of this gorgeous island I am now calling home. The sun’s rays, bright and vivid against the sharply cut mountains, were a sight not soon forgotten. All in all, a pretty amazing day in paradise, and doing my part to make sure it stays that way.
If you’re interested in giving back to this wondrous aina we live in, here are a few organizations you can volunteer with:
And finally, please be aware not only of single-use plastics, but especially how you dispose of them, as they are affecting our coastlines, our food chain and wildlife. Check out this video to learn more about marine plastics pollution. And please remember to REDUCE, then RE-USE, and then RECYCLE. Mahalo nui loa!
I’m Lelaine and I just moved to Hawai’i. Hawai’i Seen is a photo journal and a blog of my first impressions and experiences. firstname.lastname@example.org