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It may just be that Makapu'u hasn't been this clean in decades


Visit Makapu'u soon and enjoy the fruits of labor produced by the 687+ volunteers that participated in the historic clean up on April 22 Earth Day 2012. Their (your) efforts removed 3,652 pounds of debris from the coastline and have created new stewards for the coastline.  

Hit up Sustainable Coastlines report HERE

The Clean Up

The early morning rains had us wondering whether people would be willing to show up for a day of beach cleaning and hanging out at the park. As we finished setting up the tents people began showing up and it seemed like the constant flow of motivated volunteers wouldn't stop. We were not overwhelmed but extra ecstatic and had no idea what our efforts from the past month would have on attendance. The handing out of flyers, outreach to community groups, participation in fairs, signs, talks at schools around the island, and the almighty social media worked. It spurred tremendous talk and motivation resulting in 687+ people braving the elements and coming out on Earth Day to show their kokua for Makapu'u and Mother Earth. Sustainable Coastlines would like to send a gigantic ALOHA to all the participants, volunteers, and staff that made this event go off without a hitch. 

To the right are the results from the tally sheets that participants diligently filled out during the event. This data will be used to create a database of trash in order to ascertain when the Japan tsunami debris begins washing upon our shores, aid

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The data allows anyone to hold those responsible for trash accountable, for example, the tobacco and plastics industries. One of our greatest hopes is that someday this tangible data can be used to create a quickly biodegradable cigarette butt or greatly reduce the production of single use plastic products.
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The data allows anyone to hold those responsible for trash accountable, for example, the tobacco and plastics industries. One of our greatest hopes is that someday this tangible data can be used to create a quickly biodegradable cigarette butt or greatly reduce the production of single use plastic products.

The Festival
556 people went from cleaning the beach to across the street at Sea Life Park where they joined a multitude of people already in attendance. Live music, a keiki tent,
climbing wall, live art installations, guest speakers, and a tent filled with environmentally focused organizations and businesses entertained while educating the visitors.
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 Raffle prizes, trivia questions, and calls for action resulted in countless gifts being awarded to the participants. 
Items like tandem paragliding rides, an ala'ia surfboard, hand boards, Hurley gear, Quiksilver gear, Twin Islands apparel, Uahi Grill Gift Certificates, Nui Nani Gift Certificates, and much more were handed out throughout the day.

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