Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that brings awareness and solutions to the problem of marine debris on Hawai`i's beaches through:

  • Environmental Education
  • Marine Debris Removal and Research
  • Plastic Reduction and Litter Prevention Campaigns

in order to inspire actions by individuals and the community that will reduce and prevent plastic marine debris resulting in protection for Hawai`i's marine life, sea birds and the ocean/coastal environment.

Visit our About B.E.A.C.H. page for more information.

r you are in the world, you can help us with this international problem of marine debris by becoming a member of B.E.A.C.H. today - click here for more information


Photo: © Robert Shallenberger

Plastic Caps and Lids Recycling
Click here for more information on recycling your plastic caps and lids to help save sea birds.

B.E.A.C.H. partners with City and County of Honolulu on recycling bins for beaches

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i is one of the first organizations to partner with the City and County of Honolulu's Recycling Program to help make and place wire recycling bins at beach parks.

This project was featured on KITV 4 News "Going Green" segment of the 6pm news on Monday 5th August, 2013. Click here to see the video.

Click here for information about the project.
B.E.A.C.H. volunteers holding recycling bins they made at a training workshop Monday.

City's HI-5 Recycling Program Goes DIY, Hawai`i Public Radio, Monday 12th August, 2013

Finally, recycling bins, The Green Leaf , Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Monday 19th August, 2013


photo: © Ron Prendergast
photo: © B.E.A.C.H.

B.E.A.C.H. is continuing to raise awareness of the harm of plastic bags to sea turtles and is providing a solution to this problem through encouraging use of reusable cotton produce bags in addition to reusable shopping bags. For more information about this plastic bag reduction campaign, click

String and braided style bracelets

Pura Vida Bracelets has included B.E.A.C.H. in their Charity Collection - Enviro-Causes. They have made B.E.A.C.H. beautiful string style, platinum style, and braided style bracelets as well as an anklet. B.E.A.C.H. receives $1 for each string bracelet & anklet, $2 for each platinum and $3 for each braided style bracelet sold. Through their Charity Collection, Pura Vida gives back to charities around the world through the sale of individual charity bracelets. Thank you Pura Vida Bracelets! Click on the link for more information including how to order.

Bill 24 banning tobacco use at all Maui County beaches and parks passed the final reading on Earth Day and was signed into law by the Acting Mayor on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014 making all county beaches and parks on Lana`i, Maui and Moloka`i smoke-free and tobacco-free immediately. Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i provided written and spoken testimony in strong support of this bill. This is the 3rd county in Hawai`i that B.E.A.C.H. has helped get a smoking ban on all beaches and parks. Click here for more information on the new law.


Photo: © Robert Shallenberger
Reusable Bamboo Utensil Sets
Help protect Hawai`i's sea birds by using reusable utensils instead of plastic ones.

B.E.A.C.H. resuable bamboo utensil sets are now available and make great gifts. Click here for more information.

Special gift for new and renewing B.E.A.C.H. members
Save sea turtles and use organic cotton mesh bags for fruit and vegetables - set of 3 (medium, large, extra large)

Thank you to Simple Ecology for supporting B.E.A.C.H. membership by donating sets of reusable organic cotton mesh bags.

Make a difference by joining B.E.A.C.H. 100% of donations help bring awareness and solutions to plastic marine debris in Hawai`i. To become a member or renew your membership, see our membership page or visit B.E.A.C.H. one of these events.

`Alohi Kai has made a beautiful dolphin pendant made of sterling silver for B.E.A.C.H. of which 10% of each pendant sale will be donated to B.E.A.C.H. Use the code BEACH to get a lower price. For more information and/or to purchase a pendant click here.

Recognition from K.C.C. Service Learning
B.E.A.C.H. Co-Founders Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki received the very first Change Agent Cup Award from the Kapiolani Community College Service Learning and Sustainability Program at the K.C.C. faculty convocation on Thursday 9th January, 2014. The award was given in recognition of the positive, educational experiences B.E.A.C.H. provides as a service learning placement and for all the work that Dean and Suzanne did on the smoke-free beaches and parks implementation and educational materials. This new award will be given annually by K.C.C. to a faculty member or community partner that demonstrates the qualities of a change agent.

On O`ahu, all City and County of Honolulu beaches and parks are now smoke-free!!
Enjoy the cleaner, healthier beaches. For more information on the new law and educational materials click here.

B.E.A.C.H. receives Awesome Foundation Grant

Donna Ambrose from the Awesome Foundation O`ahu (right) presents B.E.A.C.H. co-founders Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki with the $1000 grant.

Midweek article

The Awesome Foundation O`ahu has selected Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i as the recipient of their September grant. The $1000 grant was presented on Saturday 5th October, 2013 to B.E.A.C.H. co-founders Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki by Donna Ambrose of the Awesome Foundation. The foundation gives $1000 grants every month to worthy, awesome, action-orientated projects that make an immediate and positive impact on O`ahu. B.E.A.C.H. will be using the grant for a recycling bins for beaches project. The money will be used to purchase supplies and tools for making and securing the bins at beaches and signs.

Thank you to the Awesome Foundation O`ahu for supporting recycling bins for beach parks.

B.E.A.C.H. receives MACZAC award

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i received the 2nd Annual MACZAC Douglas Tom "Thumbs-Up" Award from the Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council (MACZAC).  The award was presented to B.E.A.C.H. representatives Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki by MACZAC member Kimbal Thompson on Tuesday 21st May, 2013. The award recognizes organizations that preserve and protect Hawai`i’s marine and coastal environment and actively engages the community, especially youth.
Kimbal Thompson (right) from MACZAC presented the award to B.E.A.C.H. represented by Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki.

B.E.A.C.H. Gets A "Thumbs Up", Midweek, East O`ahu News, Wednesday 7th August, 2013

Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki, B.E.A.C.H. Co-Founders, receive award

Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki, Co-Founders of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i received the 2012 Astrid and Donald Monson Community Action Award from the League of Women Voters of Honolulu Education Fund at an award celebration in Waikiki on Sunday 10th February, 2013. The award was given to Suzanne and Dean for their outstanding community service and contributions to protecting Hawai`i's environment and marine life.
Helen Griffin (centre) from the League of Women Voters of Honolulu made the presentation of the award to Suzanne Frazer (left) and Dean Otsuki (right)

"Midweek article on B.E.A.C.H. co-founders, Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki", Midweek, Wednesday 17th April, 2013

Radiation and marine debris

All of the marine debris that Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) uses for educational purposes was collected well before the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan and does not have radiation. Also all of the marine debris that B.E.A.C.H. volunteers are sorting was collected prior to September 2012 when the first items of tsunami debris were found in Hawai`i.

Unfortunately there has been no testing for radiation by the Hawai`i State Department of Health (the department responsible for monitoring radiation) on the beaches on O`ahu and Hawai`i islands that are known for the largest accumulations of marine debris on those islands and there's been no testing at all on any beach on the islands of Lana`i, Moloka`i, Ni`ihau and Kaho`olawe (which also have beaches that accumulate marine debris). Therefore there is no information on radiation for these beaches. Any item on beaches that accumulate marine debris can have radiation.

To learn more about the issues concerning radiation from Japan, please click here.

Sundance Film Festival

Brita Filter For Good Film Project winner, January 2011: "Plastic Tide"
Short film about the problem of marine debris in Hawai`i interviewing B.E.A.C.H. co-founder Suzanne Frazer at Kahuku Beach.

"Bag It" documentary
Award winning film about plastic shopping bags, single use disposable plastic products, plastic in our oceans, environment and how chemicals from plastic end up in our bodies. Click here for a screening near you.

"Salty Sandcrab" webcomic (click below)

Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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