Surfrider O‘ahu Monthly Meeting is Wednesday Night Aug 2nd

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Revolusun Headquarters: 210 Ward Ave, Ste 140, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
The first Wednesday of the month is upon us and that means it’s time to gather for the Surfrider O‘ahu Monthly Meeting.

Come join us and the community at the RevoluSun Smart Home for a final time as they will be moving locations and we say goodbye for now to our best meeting location of all time. Bring a potluck dish to share and let’s send the showroom out in style with our biggest turnout yet.

The summer is heating up and we have so much to discuss from the recap of our awesome Sandy Beach Cleanup to water quality testing, and the continued support in protecting our marine monument. We need your help and we want your input.

We have great opportunities with the Surfbltiz program this month in partnership with Permablitz Hawaii HNL Tool Library and the Hawaii Tourism Authority that we are excited to share and let you know how to get involved.

Finally, we’ll be honoring some very special volunteers who we have lost in the last month. We want to carry on their legacy through all of you and the incredible time and energy you put into protection our oceans, beaches, and waves.

Remember it’s a potluck, so it’s a great opportunity to connect with new people and friends over food and drink that you are sharing. Do your best to be completely plastic free at all our events.

Bring internet ready devices for action items!

Some things on our agenda in progress for tonight’s meeting:
– More action on protecting our monuments and signing the #ReefFriendly Pledge
– Updates on O‘ahu Plastic Bag Bill (good news)
– Membership specials and its importance
– Recap and Photos from Sandy Beach Clean
– The next #Surfblitz Ocean Friendly Garden on August 27th
– Updates on our In Progress Water Quality Research collaboration with UH
– Ocean Friendly Restaurant Pau Hana
– Exciting Movie Night Events

August 4 & 5Jack Johnson Summer Tour:  Surfrider O‘ahu is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2017 Summer Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. All At Once comes to life online at and at the Jack Johnson concerts where you can get educated, get inspired, and connect face-to-face with us and other local and national non-profits. All At Once promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives and encourages action through the Capture Your Commitment campaign. #AAOLocalFood #AAOPlasticFree
Incredibly, the Johnson ‘Ohana is matching donations for our organization up to $2500 and thanks to All GoodRider Levett BucknallLyftRevoluSun, and The Surfjack we are almost there. If you would like to contribute to the matching donation please contact our chapter coordinator at & treasurer:

Image: Mark Sullivan

Open Action Opportunities

  1. North Shore Community Meeting on Haleiwa Zoning Laws: Attend this important community meeting on Haleiwa Plantation Village – Wednesday, August 2 at Haleiwa Elementary, 7 pm. The Zoning and Housing Committee of the City Council will be holding this hearing on the rezoning application and Land Use Boundary change for this project. Please note that the North Shore Neighborhood Board did not support either application request. Show up and support years of planning by community residents to protect agricultural lands. Surfrider is concerned about the potential impacts via injection wells and poorly treated waste into our ocean ecosystems. Simultaneously, we recognize that healthy soils and agriculture land production are pertinent to our fight against climate change, thus the continued loss of agricultural lands to impervious, urban spaces is of great concern.
  2. Protect Papahānaumokuākea and the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments: On April 28 President Trump signed an executive order to review recent Marine Monument designations, which includes Papahānaumokuākea and the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments. These areas—with shark-dominated ecosystems, 4,000 year-old coral, and countless undiscovered species—were supposed to be protected in perpetuity and free from any commercial extraction. You can help by signing the online petition and learning more at our meeting Wednesday.
  3. I Take The Pledge: Only #ReefFriendly Sunscreens

    Our Amazing partners of the Hawai‘i Chapter network, All Good, are asking us to help encourage people to take the pledge.The cornerstone of this campaign is taking the #ReefFriendly sunscreen pledge. The pledge is a simple action with important impacts as participants are asked to share their pledge with their social networks, to support policy efforts to encourage the use of #ReefFriendly sunscreens and to make the personal commitment to use #ReefFriendly sunscreens whenever possible. Read more about our partnership.

Upcoming Events for you to get more involved…

August 10th: Poi Board Making Workshop at HNL Tool Library: Part of the upcoming Surfblitz program agenda and land transformation in Ahuimanu with Daniel Anthony – come to this week’s monthly meeting to get signed up for the limited spots available.

August 27thSurfblitz Ahuimanu – On Sunday, August 27, from 10AM-4PM, we return to the soil with our incredible partners Permablitz Hawaii for a very special Surfblitz Surfrider Foundation: Ocean Friendly Gardens event. This year as part of the Hawaii Tourism Authority Aloha ‘Āina Program our organizations are continuing to transform landscapes into food producing, sustainability conscious ocean friendly gardens. Joining the movement is also the newly formed HNL Tool Library – who in fitting with a theme of re-use that our Ocean Friendly programs are built on, have created an opportunity for the O‘ahu community to check out tools on needs basis rather than having to buy them. Together these organizations and programs are reworking our ahupua‘as to be self-sufficient. Prior to this Surfblitz event there will also be a poi board making workshop at the Tool Library on August 10.

This epic Surfblitz event will be open to all: our core volunteers, school groups, visitors to the island, and all your friends and family. We will be transforming the landscape farmed by Daniel Anthony. The land is helping revitalize the kalo farming of Hawai‘i and directly connects to our Ocean Friendly Restaurants Hawaiʻi program. As we get closer to the date we will be asking for firm commitments so that we can make sure to have our workplan fit our hui size.

What can you expect at a Surfblitz?
– A living laboratory to learn how to better manage your land to combat the effects of stormwater runoff pollution, grow your own food, make best use of the space you have, what plants thrive where, make best use of water resources
– Dance Breaks
– An incredible group of volunteers working hand in hand to make Hawai‘i a better place
– To get dirty
– To have a great lunch time potluck
– To meet someone new
– To have given back to the land, the ocean, the island

What is Surfblitz?

In 2014 Surfrider Oahu joined forces with Permablitz Hawai‘i to join our volunteer networks in creating sustainable gardens. The effort uses the principles of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden campaign and combines the sustainable techniques and the reciprocal volunteer network of Permablitz Hawai‘i. This partnership between Surfrider Foundation – Oahu Chapter and Permablitz Hawai‘i is making magic happen. Thank you to Allen, Mike, and the whole team who are leading an amazing charge in coordination for these events and teaching volunteers with their extensive foodscaping knowledge. Check out the video on the webpage to learn more.

Many more details to come!

RSVP for the event at

Mahalo to everyone who joined our
Sandy Beach Cleanup With RevoluSun!!!

Amazing turnout for this weekend’s annual Sandy Beach cleanup with @revolusun_smarthome !!! Over 150 volunteers cleaned 500lbs of debris from the iconic south shore beach. Sandy’s accumulates a lot of land based debris – we removed 3700 cigarette butts, 750 plastic bottle caps, and hundreds of plastic bags, foam containers, and plastic packaging. Remember it’s our single-use plastic lifestyle we have to keep working on – stop it at its source! Don’t forget our monthly meeting is coming this Wednesday night! Huge mahalo again to RevoluSun and our beach cleanup coordinator Matthias for doing such great organizational work!

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