Makapu`u Beach Clean-up - October 2007

B.E.A.C.H. organized the "Make a Difference Day" beach clean-up and litter prevention campaign at Makapu`u beach on October 27, 2008. The litter prevention campaign focused on cigarette butts where volunteers counted the number of cigarette butts collected and handed out BUTTsOUT "butt holders" to smokers (18 yrs. and older). A follow-up clean-up was planned for November 4,2008 to find out if the campaign had been successful in reducing cigarette butt litter

Volunteer handing out a BUTTsOUT. Participants before the clean-up. Volunteer using chopsticks to pick-up a cigarette butt.

The goal of the cigarette butt litter prevention campaign is to help the environment, save marine life and birds by giving BUTTsOUT "butt holders" to smokers so they will have a place to dispose of their cigarette butts instead of tossing it on the ground.

Participating groups included:
Hawai`i Pacific University Marine Science Club
DIS-N-DAT Media Group
U.H. Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Marianas Club of Chaminade University

Suzanne, Bruce and Rayna at the check-in table before the clean-up.

Participants at the registration table. Suzanne giving a marine debris presentation to volunteers.
Suzanne being interviewed by Ruth of Dis-n-Dat Media group for a future T.V. show. Volunteers receiving instructions for handing out BUTTsOUT buttholders to smokers 18 yrs. and older.
Kale's Natural Foods gift basket prize winner, Jin.

Volunteers with their collection of cigarette butts.
Dean holding a bag filled with
3,418 cigarette butts.


Mahalo to: Coalition for Tobacco Free Hawai`i and NOAA Marine Debris Program

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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