Makapu`u Beach to Makai Pier Coastline Clean-up

Junior Girl Scouts from 3 service units participated in the clean-up. Volunteers before the 2007 "Get the Drift and Bag It" clean-up. Volunteers collecting and recording the types of marine debris found on the beach.

Over 80 volunteers on Saturday September 15, 2007 participated in this year's "Get the Drift and Bag It" clean-up from Makapu`u Beach to the beach north of Makai Pier. The volunteers did a great job cleaning the beach and rocks which made it safer for marine birds and animals as well as for beach goers. The top ten items recorded were: 1824 pieces of plastic , 1464 cigarette butts, 907 pieces of broken glass, 851 caps/lids, 507 food wrappers/containers, 256 plastic/paper bags, 176 fishing lines, 172 cups, forks, plates, knives, spoons, 144 pieces of rope. The total amount of pieces collected: 7421.

Two participants pulling a big piece of carpet off the rocks by the pier. Putting marine debris in buckets is more efficient than trying to put trash in a plastic garbage bag especially on windy days like this one. Junior Girl Scouts helping to keep the Makapu`u coastline clean.

A ball of monofilament fishing line left by careless fishermen. Prize winners received prizes from Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's, Kale's Natural Foods, Wet Feet Aina Haina, and East O`ahu Physical Therapy. Thank you to all the volunteers who restored Makapu`u beach to its pristine state.

photos: ©Suzanne Frazer

“Get the Drift and Bag It” is the name of the local statewide effort which is part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day – an annual event that takes place on the 3rd Saturday of September. International Coastal Cleanup Day involves millions of volunteers around the world collecting and recording what types of marine debris is found. The data is then compiled and used to find solutions to preventing pollution.

Participating groups: Girl Scout Junior troops 178, 861, and 385 from the Manoa Service Unit,
Punahou Schools, U.H. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources,
Mid-Pacific Institute, Hickam AFB, East O`ahu Physical Therapy, B.E.A.C.H.

Prize Sponsors

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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