Achievements 2014

New smoke-free beaches and parks on O`ahu

B.E.A.C.H. helped helped inform the public of the new smoke-free law to ensure that the laws are implemented successfully. B.E.A.C.H. volunteers spent many hours doing outreach educating the community about the smoke-free beaches laws at events throughout O`ahu. B.E.A.C.H. volunteers also did beach clean-ups at Ala Moana Beach. Last year B.E.A.C.H. volunteers collected over 1200 cigarette butts and in March 2014 collected 214, a reduction of 80%.

B.E.A.C.H. supported smoke-free beaches and parks in Maui County

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. B.E.A.C.H. 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.

Maui outreach and education

During the last week of April, B.E.A.C.H. was on Maui to attend the Maui Earth Day Festival, Lipoa Street Farmers' Market and gave an educational presentation: "Marine Debris Impacts and Solutions" at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. B.E.A.C.H. volunteers educated Maui residents about the new tobacco-free law and marine debris impacts and solutions at the events.

Maui Earth Day Festival

Organic cotton mesh produce bags to save sea turtles

photo: © Ron Prendergast
To save sea turtles from possible ingestion of plastic bags, B.E.A.C.H. made available 100% organic cotton mesh produce bags to the public and as one of the membership gifts for B.E.A.C.H. members.

B.E.A.C.H. got biodegradable plastic bags banned on O`ahu

B.E.A.C.H. initiated a new plastic bag ban at the Honolulu City Council that made biodegradable plastic shopping bags illegal effective July 1st 2015. Biodegradable plastic shopping bags are usually over 97% plastic and the rest of the bag made of some sort of starch. The bags degrade faster as the natural material falls out leaving little pieces of plastic which makes it easier for marine life and other animals to ingest. Picking up little pieces of a plastic bag is much more difficult than a whole plastic bag.

Biodegradable plastic bag photo: Dean Otsuki

Recycling plastic caps and lids for recycling to save sea birds

B.E.A.C.H. has been collecting plastic caps and lids from schools, organizations and businesses for recycling. The caps have to be either a #2, #4 or #5 plastic to be recycled. Volunteers soak the caps for 48 - 72hrs. in hot soapy water for cleaning then get rinsed in clean water and put out on cardboard trays to dry. The caps are then stored in 55 gallon barrels in a Matson container in the Young Brothers shipyard. When the container is full it will be shipped to Oregon to be recycled.

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

B.E.A.C.H. installed wire recycle bins at Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island in February. They are for HI-5 recyclables only (beverage cans, plastic bottles, or glass bottles). It has been very successful as park patrons have been putting recyclables in the bins. People have also been taking them for redemption. The wire recycle bin project was funded through the Awesome Foundation and B.E.A.C.H.

Wire recycle bin at Ala Moana Beach Park photo: Suzanne Frazer

B.E.A.C.H. installs recycle bins at State Parks

Wire recycle bins were installed at Hawai`i State Parks and beaches by B.E.A.C.H. volunteers in December. They are for HI-5 recyclables only (beverage cans, plastic bottles, or glass bottles). Part patrons have been putting recyclables in the bins and taking them out for redeeming. The wire recycle bin project was funded through the Awesome Foundation and B.E.A.C.H.

Installing wire recycle bin at Kaena Point State park, Makua side photo: Suzanne Frazer

World Ocean Day educational presentation

In honour of World Ocean Day, B.E.A.C.H. Co-founder, Suzanne Frazer gave an educational presentation, "Protecting the Ocean and our Health - Plastic Reduction Solutions" at the Salt Lake Public Library. Suzanne spoke 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.

Marine Debris Solutions Student Art Project

The Marine Debris Solutions Student Art Project was developed and implemented by B.E.A.C.H. to help increase awareness in schools and the community solutions to the impacts of marine debris on marine life and the environment. B.E.A.C.H. worked with Assets School science students to develop solutions which were communicated to the public via 18' x 24" paintings. The artwork was on display throughout April at the Salt Lake Public Library.

Keynote presentation for Sierra Club High School Hikers Fall workshop

The keynote presentation at the Sierra Club High School Hikers Fall workshop was given by Suzanne Frazer. The presentation "Marine Debris Impacts and Solutions" was attended by over 75 students from four local high schools. After the presentation, students went to different workshops including B.E.A.C.H.'s wire recycling bin workshop of which the students made 16 recycle bins.

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.

2014 Sponsors included: Pura Vida Bracelets, Simple Ecology, Matson, Hawaii Self Storage, StorKeeper Self Storage, Awesome Foundation O`ahu, Young Brothers


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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