2016 Earth Month In Review
Surfrider O‘ahu is always busy during Earth Month, but 2016 was one of our most productive and busy yet. Here are a few of the things that happened this last month.Mānoa Stream Cleanup
We kicked off the month of April with a cleanup of Mānoa Stream on the University of Hawai‘i lower campus thanks to the dedicated help of our Surfrider UH chapter and the Ka Papa Lo’i o Kanewai. The setting of the lo‘i was an extraordinary treat to have as a staging ground and educational setting for the cleanup. A huge mahalo to their whole team for hosting us. The cleanup was an eye-opener for the more than 75 volunteers who helped attend as we collected approximately 3000 lbs of trash
from a small section of the stream’s slopes near the dorms. Some of our volunteers used tally sheets to record what they found and amidst the debris was over 1500 pieces of hard and soft plastics that were diverted from entering the stream which leads to the ocean. This was just a fraction of the debris we found and we will work with UH on some sustainability and waste diversion tactics in the coming months.Kona Coast Cleanup with Sales Force
Surfrider O‘ahu joined forced with the Kona & Hilo Chapters to lead cleanups up and down the Kona Coast (12 beaches) for over 850 employees of the Sales Force team. The event was a great education opportunity as many of the Sales Force team from all over the world was introduced to Surfrider and the issues of plastic pollution for the first time.Ocean Friendly Restaurants
Surfrider O‘ahu in conjunction with our Rise Above Plastics Coalition helped launch Hawai‘i’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant Campaign this month, with over 30 restaurants being certified all over the state. You can find details about the program on the website here
– This project would not be moving as it has without the dedicated efforts of many volunteers, but a huge mahalo to Malia, the Maui Huliau Foundation and her students for creating the website and being leaders on this wonderful project.Dennis Mathewson Art and Wy’s Gallery Donations
We were given an incredibly generous donation from Dennis Mathewson Art
& Wy’s Galleries
. Dennis created “Blind Date” to bring awareness to the issue of plastics in our oceans. The artwork depicts a plastic bag mimicking a jellyfish side by side in a sea of debris. Dennis and Wy’s Galleries are donating 20% of sales on this image to Surfrider O‘ahu to help our mission. They sold the original to a Surfrider supporter out here from Seattle this past week. Mahalo you guys for this support, we deeply appreciate it and will put it to good use protecting the ocean!
Kahuku Point Earth Day Cleanup w/ Turtle Bay & The North Shore Community Land Trust
We had a great crew from all over the world spending a morning on their vacation learning about and cleaning up microplastic and marine debris at Kahuku Point. Our small group made a big difference by removing about 400 lbs of plastic debris from the beach in 2 hours. The other half of the group was removing invasive species and planting natives with the North Shore Community Land Trust.
Cheers to Turtle Bay Resort for setting up an educational earth day morning for your guests!