Achievements 2013

Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki receive Astrid and Donald Monson Community
Action 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)


"POPs, Plastic & Hawai`i`s Marine Life" - Earth month lecture series
A weekly series of free lectures open to the public organized by B.E.A.C.H. at UH Manoa that cover topics such as POPs in monk seals, dolphins and whales, the impacts of plastics on our health, marine life and environment and the toxicity of POPs on Hawaii's marine debris. Every Wednesday in April at UHM. Click here for more information.

POPs, Plastic & Hawai`i's Marine Life
Earth Month Lecture Series

A series of free, public lectures on Mondays at UHM in April 2013 focusing on persistant organic pollutants, plastic marine debris and impacts on Hawai`i's dolphins, whales and monk seals. For more information click here and for flyer click here.

Spinner dolphins photo: © James Watt


Save sea turtles - use organic cotton produce bags
photo: © Ron Prendergast
To save sea turtles from possible ingestion of plastic bags, B.E.A.C.H. made available 100% organic cotton produce bags to the public. B.E.A.C.H. membership gifts included a set of 3 bags which were donated by Simple Ecology.


Ala Moana Beach is now a smoke-free beach
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 72 on Monday 8th April, 2013 making Ala Moana the 2nd smoke-free beach on O`ahu after Hanauma Bay which became smoke-free 20 years ago in 1993. Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i is supporting a new bill to ban smoking at all beaches on O`ahu. B.E.A.C.H. also supported Bill 72.



Ala Moana Beach Earth Day Celebration
B.E.A.C.H. organized the Ala Moana Beach Earth Day Celebration (beach clean-up and litter prevention/plastic reduction campaign) on Sunday 21st April and the Ala Moana Beach follow-up clean-up on Saturday 27th April, 2013. Prizes for volunteers for the two beach clean-ups were donated by SoulTrex, Pacific Whale Foundation, Ben & Jerry's, Simple Ecology and B.E.A.C.H.


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.




Photo: James Watt
“Protecting the Ocean and Our Health –
Plastic Reduction Solutions”

Saturday 8th June, 2013, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Aina Haina Public library,
5246 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu


In honour of World Ocean Day, Suzanne Frazer,
Co-Founder of B.E.A.C.H. gave an educational presentation about the importance of the ocean and the urgent need to take action to protect it. Suzanne discussed solutions to plastic - how our everyday choices and actions can make a difference to protecting our health as well as the environment and marine life.
Click here for more information. Door prizes from B.E.A.C.H. were given away. This event was free and open to the public.


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.


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.



New smoke-free beaches and parks on O`ahu


B.E.A.C.H. helped get the smoke-free bills passed (Bill 72 and Bill 25) by providing written and oral testimony and helped inform the public of the new laws to ensure that the laws are implemented successfully. To educate the community about the smoke-free beaches laws, B.E.A.C.H. volunteers spent many hours creating information cards, posters, flyers, signs, web page and other informational handouts which are being used by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation, lifeguards, hotels, tour guides (who are making announcements to visitors in other langauges) and taxi drivers to help inform residents as well as visitors of the new law.


2013 Sponsors included: Soul Trex, Simple Ecology, Matson, Quiksilver, Hawaii Self Storage, Discover Hawai`i Tours, Five Star Transportation, Young Brothers


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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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