200 Volunteers Came out for International Coastal Cleanup 2016!

by / Monday, 19 September 2016 / Published in Uncategorized

A beautiful group of people rolled up their sleeves this Saturday and got a little dirty making Kailua clean!

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Kailua Beach Clean Up

International Coastal Cleanup 2016

A huge turn out from Lanikai Elementary School, St. Anthony’s School, HPU, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, 808 Cleanups, Sustainable Coastlines, Surfrider Foundation Oahu and Kailua friends and neighbors came out for this clean up at Kailua and Kalama’s Beach Parks. 413lbs of rubbish was collected and 33lbs of micro-plastics. The Yogarden Crew offered a beach yoga class with live music from Paul Izak and crew. While this event was an amazing way to improve our coastline, we would like to share 2 examples of day-to-day sustainability that go above and beyond.

1. Lanikai Elementary School: Their entire cafeteria experience is aimed at being wast free. They recycle nearly everything and encourage environmentalism from an extremely young age. One of the mothers told us at the clean up that her daughter was embarrassed to come to school with any single use plastics. For this we are so proud and inspired. If you work for another school district, we highly encourage you to visit their school and learn from a ground breaking project.

2. 808 Cleanups: Instead of waiting for the next beach cleanup, these guys are cleaning up every day! They have created an amazing network of individuals that are on location within sometime minutes when trash, marine debris or even graffiti in natural areas is reported. We highly recommend that you join their Facebook page and become a volunteer for life.