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Smoke-free beaches and parks

Some Honolulu city, county beaches enforce no-smoking ban
, KITV4 News, Sunday 8th September, 2013

Caldwell signs bills banning smoking at parks, bus stops, Honolulu Star Advertiser article, Monday 22nd July, 2013

Smoking ban in effect for all Oahu parks, beaches, bus stops, KHON2 News, Sunday 21st July, 2013

Honolulu mayor signs two smoking bans
, KITV4 News, Sunday 21st July, 2013

City Council passes smoking ban bills for Honolulu parks, beaches, KHON2 News, Wednesday 10th July, 2013

Smoking ban looms at city parks, bus stops, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Thursday 11th July, 2013




Photo: James Watt
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

Midweek East O`ahu Islander, Wednesday 3rd April, 2013
click here for news article


"B.E.A.C.H. Highlights Issue of Marine Debris", East Oahu Sun, 19th May, 2011


Photo: Nina Wu
"Get the Drift", Honolulu Star-Advertiser,
Monday 28th November, 2011
Article about B.E.A.C.H. and the impact marine debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has had on the Kahuku coastline.


Article about B.E.A.C.H. Marine Debris Awareness Student Art Project, East O`ahu Sun, Thursday 3rd March, 2011

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i sent marine debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to Sweden for it to be made into a vacuum cleaner by Electrolux. Five vacuum cleaners were made from the 5 gyres around the planet in order to raise awareness of the problem of marine debris.

"Hawaii trash used to build Swedish vacuum", Hawaii News Now, Friday 29th October, 2010


"Hawai`i beach garbage recycled as vacuum cleaner", Associated Press, Wednesday 27th October, 2010 (Yahoo! News)

"Pacific Ocean plastic turned into vacuum cleaner", Associated Press, Tuesday 26th October, 2010

Recycling Plastic Caps and Lids Campaign 2010 - 2011


Photo: © Robert Shallenberger
"Recycling bottle caps", The Green Leaf blog, Star Advertiser, Wednesday 25th August, 2011

"Recycle bottle caps to help protect ocean, marine life", Star Advertiser, Monday 22nd August, 2011


"Partnership provides method to recycle certain caps and lids", Star-Advertiser, Friday 20th August, 2010

"Recycle Your Plastic Caps To Save Birds", Midweek East Community, Wednesday 7th July, 2010

"Bring Plastic Caps to Wahiawa Goodwill", Central Oahu News, Wednesday 16th June, 2010

"Plastic caps and lids can now be recycled", Hawaii News Now, Tuesday 8th June, 2010

"Plastic bottle caps posing threat to Hawaii marine life", KHON 2, Tuesday 8th June, 2010


Events

"Free lecture, film at Malama Kanaloa Ocean Festival",
Honolulu Advertiser,
12th November, 2009
B.E.A.C.H. will be presenting a free lecture - "Plastic: impacts on our health, marine life and the environment" and showing the film "Synthetic Sea Story" at the Malama Kanaloa Ocean Festival in Hilo, Hawai`i this Saturday 14th November, 2009.



World Ocean Day 2009

Tiny Plastic Pollutants; How Big of a Problem?, KGMB9 News, Sunday 7th June, 2009

World leader on ocean plastic pollution brings awareness, KHNL News 8,
Sunday 7th June 2009


Dr. in town for World Ocean Day, KITV4 News, Sunday 7th June 2009

Making Waves for the Ocean, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Monday 1st June, 2009
Story about B.E.A.C.H.'s Marine Debris Awareness Student Art Project that teaches students about the impact of marine debris on marine life plus an article about the World Ocean Day special event at the Hawai`i State Capitol.

Focus on plastics at World Ocean Day, East O`ahu People, Wednesday 27th May, 2009
Article on the upcoming special events on World Ocean Day.


World Ocean Day, Windward People, Wednesday 27th May, 2009

Water World, Honolulu Weekly, Wednesday 3rd June, 2009


Recycling Plastic Bottle Caps Campaign 2009

B.E.A.C.H. helps save wildlife through recycling program, KHNL News 8 Today, Wednesday 17th June, 2009.

Plastic bottle caps get special attention, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Monday 1st June, 2009
Story on B.E.A.C.H.'s plastic bottle cap recycling campaign with Aveda.

Bottle Caps Bad for Seabird Chicks, Midweek East Community News,
Wednesday 3rd June, 2009


How Plastic Bottle Caps Can Kill, Midweek, Wednesday 13th May, 2009


Plastic and Hawai`i's Marine Life lecture/film series

Free events focus on ocean concerns, East Oahu People, 18th March 2009
Article on the lecture/film series at UHM - Plastic and Hawai`i's Marine Life".


Earth Day Focuses On Sea Turtles, KITV 4 News, 2nd April 2009
A preview about the sea turtle lecture at UH Manoa by Regina Woodrom Rudrud.

Turtles don't eat litter
, Honolulu Weekly, 8th April 2009
The lecture,
"Conflict, Collision and Confrontation: Sea Turtle Biology and Incompatibility with Marine Debris" was one of Honolulu Weekly's hot picks of the week.

Protecting Sea Turtles From Man Made Mistakes, KHON 2 News, 7th April 2009

Kirk Matthews interviews sea turtle expert Regina Woodrom Rudrud for her lecture at UH Manoa.

"Sea Story" Documentary Chronicles Plastic's Marine Harm, KITV 4 News,
9th April 2009
A preview about the documentary "Synthetic Sea Story".


Plastic in ocean is subject of film, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 14th April 2009
Article on the film, "Synthetic Sea Story".


UH talks to address plastic's effect on marine life, Honolulu Advertiser,
20th April 2009
Article about Suzanne Frazer's lecture "Plastic: Impacts on our Health, Marine Life and Environment".


Beach debris dangerous to sea birds, KITV4 News, 23rd April, 2009
Preview of the lecture by David Hyrenbach on the impact of plastic marine debris on albatrosses
.


Marine Debris Awareness Month

Researcher warns: "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is out of control, KHNL News 8,
22nd October, 2008
KHNL8 News interviews Captain Charles Moore in Waikiki.

Discoverer of Great Pacific Garbage Patch speaks in Honolulu, Honolulu Advertiser,
22nd October, 2008
Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation will speak
at the Marine Debris Forum, Hawaii State Capitol, 6:30pm and Thursday evening at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Theater at 6:30pm.

How Students Are Learning About Marine Debris, KITV4 News, 2nd story on video clip, 1st Oct. 2008
Art is being used to spread the word about the impact of marine debris on marine life and sea birds.
Marine Debris Awareness Month launch at University Laboratory school. photo: Dean Otsuki

Lecture on Laysan albatross this evening at Hanauma Bay
Honolulu Advertiser, East Oahu website, Thursday 9th October, 2008

Ocean Environmental films at Hanauma Bay tonight

Honolulu Advertiser, East Oahu website, Thursday 2nd October, 2008


International Year of the Reef

Beach Sweep for International Year of the Reef,
KHNL8 News, Sunday, February 10, 2008
News coverage of the Kokololio Beach clean-up

Kokololio beach clean-up a success
MyAdvertiser.com/Laie/Kahuku, Monday Feb. 11, 2008


Volunteers to Clean Kawaikui Beach on World Ocean Day,
KHNL News 8, May 23, 2008

Celebrating World Ocean Day with a Beach Clean Up
KHNL News8, Sunday, June 1, 2008
Kawaikui Beach gets cleared of invasive algae.

Kawaikui Beach Clean-up on "World Ocean Day"
KGMB 9 News, Sunday, June 1, 2008

World Ocean Day Promotes Clean Beaches
KHON 2 News, Sunday, June 1, 2008



Effects of Plastic on Humans

The Dirty Truth About Plastic, Discover magazine, May 2008. by Jill Neimark.
Article on the harmful effects of plastics on humans.

Waves of disaster, Straight.com, August 14, 2008
Article about plastic contamination at the lowest end of the food chain.

Our oceans are turning into plastic...are we?
Best Life Online, Oct. 7, 2007. by Susan Casey
Article on how plastic is entering the food chain.
Plastic particle in a Salp

Articles about the decline in male baby births due to chemical contamination in seafood:
"...researchers are blaming high levels of man-made chemicals that have made their way up the food chain, through fish and other marine species..." read more>>

Man-made chemicals blamed as many more girls than boys are born in Arctic,
The Guardian, Wednesday, September 12, 2007



Effects of Plastic on marine life and sea birds

'Shocking' state of oceans threatens mass extinction, WAtoday.com.au, June 21, 2011
Overfishing, toxic chemical run-off, ocean acidification and ingestion of plastic waste are reasons why marine life is disappearing at a far faster rate than predicted according to a report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean.

Tiny toxic pellets choking WA beaches, WAtoday.com.au, June 21, 2011

Plastic in the ocean hurts lobsters
, Sou'wester, July 3, 2008
Toxic chemicals from plastics are being found in the bloodstream of lobsters

Eco-Negligence Kills Albatross, video of ingestion of plastic by Layson albatross on Kure island

Warning on plastic's toxic threat, BBC, 28 March 2008
Plastics in the marine environment poses a toxic long-term threat to the food chain.


New "battle at Midway" over plastic, BBC, 26 March 2008
Affects of plastic on Albatrosses.

Remote Waters Offer No Refuge from Plastic Trash
National Public Radio, Oct. 15, 2007




Plastic in the Ocean and on Hawai`i's Beaches

Micro plastic, major problem, Honolulu Weekly, Wednesday 8th July, 2009
Interview with B.E.A.C.H. co-founder Suzanne Frazer

The Largest Environmental Problem You’ve Never Heard Of, Next American City magazine, Issue 22, Spring 2009, by Hamida Kinge
Article on the Eastern Garbage Patch including an interview with B.E.A.C.H. co-founder, Suzanne Frazer.

Sea of Shame,
60 Minutes, Sunday 20th July, 2008
Story on how plastic is filling our oceans and what it is doing to marine life and sea birds including interview with B.E.A.C.H. member, Suzanne Frazer.


O planeta estaameacada pela poluicao, globo.com, Sunday 15th February, 2009
Brazilian news story about plastic pollution in the ocean including an interview with B.E.A.C.H. co-founder Suzanne Frazer.


One Piece at a Time, Honolulu Magazine, September 2008
B.E.A.C.H. campaigns to stop plastic waste from destroying our shorelines.

B.E.A.C.H. Organization Focuses On Cleanups, KITV4 Hawai`i Going Green
Friday 8th August, 2008
Volunteers help keep Hawaii's beaches clean and beautiful.

Net Removal,
Saturday 26th July, 2008
B.E.A.C.H. volunteers working on removing a large fishing net buried in the sand along the shores of Waimanalo.

L`lsola di plastica
Saturday, 28th June, 2008
Story about marine debris including interview with B.E.A.C.H. member, Suzanne Frazer on RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) the Italian national T.V. news station.


Plastic beaches, Honolulu Advertiser, Sunday, January 13, 2008, (3rd article on page)
Short article on B.E.A.C.H.



Sunrise at Kamilo beach
Sea of Plastic, Honolulu Weekly, Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Big Island reporter Alan D. McNarie writes about the Eastern Garbage Patch and how plastic marine debris is affecting Hawai`i's
shores, sealife, sea birds and humans. Photo: Suzanne Frazer

15-Mile Long Garbage Trail Off Big Island Waters, KGMB9 News, Monday, November 12, 2007


Flotilla of trash floats into Isles,
Honolulu Star Bulletin, Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hawaii is "being invaded" by marine debris, some of it from an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Big Island Beach Attracts Plastic Trash, KHNL8 News, Thursday, November 8, 2007
Reporter Howard Dashefsky reports on Kamilo Beach on the Big Island which is an accumulation zone for marine debris.
photo: Suzanne Frazer

Plastic Blights Hawai`i's Beaches BBC News, Monday June 11, 2007
BBC News correspondent, Matt Wells interviews local environmentalists Suzanne Frazer, Dean Otsuki, Carey Morishige and others about marine debris in Hawai`i.

Hawaiians Fight Back Against Rubbish Invasion
BBC Radio, Sunday June 10, 2007

Radio broadcast from the above interviews.


The Plastic Sea, The Tyee, July 26, 2006
An ocean awash in lethal bags, bottles, pellets, line, tarps and diapers.


Clean-ups help O`ahu beaches stay neat, safe,
Honolulu Advertiser, Monday 17th July, 2006

About 100 volunteers helped clean up the beach at Bellows on 16th July, 2006. The event was the third beach cleanup since April organized by Hawai'i Kai resident Suzanne Frazer.



Plastic Reduction/Litter Prevention

"Plastic-bag ban initiatives see mixed results in isles", Star Advertiser, Monday 7th February, 2011

"Breaking a bag habit takes time", Star Advertiser, Sunday 16th January, 2011

Maui and Kauai counties begin ban on plastic shopping bags, Thursday 13th January, 2011

A ban on plastic shopping bags took effect on January 11, 2011 on the islands of Maui, Kaua'i, Lana`i and Moloka`i.
click here for another article


Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i has been at the forefront of the effort to educate the public in Hawai`i about the harm caused by plastic bags and to provide alternatives. B.E.A.C.H. helped the first grocery store in Hawai`i to go plastic bag free, and supported interisland, local and state bills to ban plastic bags.

2 islands institute plastic-bag bans Tuesday, Sunday January 9, 2011

Makapu`u Beach clean-up and litter prevention campaign, Dis-n-dat media, Saturday October 27, 2007


Simple resolutions for an eco-friendly life,
Honolulu Advertiser, Monday 29th December, 2008

Green resolutions for 2009 by three local environmentalists including B.E.A.C.H.
co-founder, Suzanne Frazer


Maui bans plastic bags starting in January 2011
, Honolulu Advertiser
Saturday 23rd August, 2008
Maui County Council passes law to ban plastic shopping bags.


Businesses use eco-friendly foodware to serve food, KHNL News 8, June 25, 2008
Story on businesses changing over to compostable plates, utensils and cups made from sugar cane fiber and corn starch.

Earth Day Bags Help Keep Beaches Clean, KHNL8 News, Monday, April 14, 2008


Hawai`i Kai Grocery Store to End Use of Plastic Bags,
KHNL8 News, Monday, February 11, 2008
Story on Kale's Natural Foods who is going plastic bag free.




Plastic Bags May be Banned, KGMB9 News, Thursday, November 08, 2007
Reporter Brooks Baehr reports on a proposed plastic bag ban on O`ahu and interviews B.E.A.C.H. co-founder Suzanne Frazer and council members Ann Kobayashi and Donavan Dela Cruz.

A kick-butt clean-up at Sandy's Honolulu Advertiser, April 23, 2007
Article about the Sandy Beach Earth Day Celebration - a beach clean-up and litter prevention campaign focusing on cigarette butt litter.

Group's next clean-up on Saturday
East O`ahu People, Wednesday April 25, 2007


Beach Clean-up and Litter Prevention Campaign
KHNL 8 news, April 22, 2007


Eco-friendly grocery shopping's in the bag
Honolulu Advertiser, Monday July 9, 2007
Article on
reusable shopping bags that are now available at Kale's Natural Foods in the Hawai`i Kai Shopping Center, 377 Keahole Street (near Safeway). Proceeds goes toward B.E.A.C.H. for beach clean-ups, litter prevention campaigns, and environmental education.

Maui may ban plastic bags Honolulu Advertiser, Fri. July 27, 2007
Maui city council discusses banning plastic shopping bags.


San Francisco passes plastic bag ban
Yahoo News, Wednesday March 28, 2007

Banish the Bags, Daily Mail, February 27, 2008
Minke whale found with 2 pounds of plastic bags inside stomach




Beach Clean-ups

Kahuku Beach Clean-up a Huge Success, Makai Ocean Lifestyle Magazine,
October 2008

Makapu`u Beach clean-up and litter prevention campaign, Dis-n-dat media, Saturday October 27, 2007

Cleaning up our beaches, KHON2 News, Saturday September 15, 2007

Marine Debris Litters Beautiful Windward Oahu Beach
KHNL8 News, Friday July 27, 2007
News piece on marine debris at Makapu`u Beach.
To see the video click here, then scroll down to the story with the video icon.


Makapu`u cleaned of nets, trash, article on the Honolulu Advertiser Hawai`i Kai website, Monday July 23, 2007. Over 3000 pounds of fishing nets, rope, and marine debris was collected by over 50 volunteers yesterday.

Clean-ups help O`ahu beaches stay neat, safe
Honolulu Advertiser, July 17, 2006
Article about Bellows Beach clean-up organized by Suzanne Frazer.

Beach clean-ups nets fewer containers Star-Bulletin, July 21, 2006
Article about marine debris, "Get the Drift and Bag It", recycling and Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki helping to clean-up windward beaches.

Kailua Beach clean-up Saturday Windward People, August 16, 2006
Article about the Kailua beach clean-up with a photo from the Bellows Beach clean-up.

Beachcombers do their part Star-Bulletin, August 20, 2006
Photographs of the Kailua Beach clean-up.

World Ocean Day Celebration
Honolulu Advertiser, Thursday May 31, 2007
Article on the World Ocean Day Celebration at Kawaiku`i Beach on June 8, 2007 which was a clean-up of alien invasive algae and litter on the shoreline.

Volunteers to Clear Debris from Kawaikui Park, Midweek, Wednesday June 6, 2007
Kawaiku`i Beach covered with alien
invasive algae
before the clean-up.



B.E.A.C.H. Co-founders

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

"Beachcoming to Save the Planet", Midweek, Wednesday 19th January, 2011
Article about B.E.A.C.H. and B.E.A.C.H. co-founders.

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i founders, Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki, were awarded the 2008 Living Reef Award which was presented in Kona on Tuesday 26th August, 2008

The Living Reef Awards honour groups and individuals that go above and beyond in their actions to make a difference in preserving the reefs.


Group Goes Beyond Reef in Cleanups, MidWeek, Wednesday 5th November, 2008
Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki, founders of B.E.A.C.H., have won the 2008 Living Reef Award in the non-government organization category.

Beach clean-ups commended,
Honolulu Advertiser
Saturday 9th August, 2008
Mayor Mufi Hanneman recognizes beach clean-up community volunteers at Honolulu Hale.



J-Wave radio interview
Friday 27th June, 2008
Jon Kabira interviews
B.E.A.C.H. founders, Dean Otsuki and Suzanne Frazer on J-Wave Radio (page 1), (page 2) that was broadcasted in Japan.

Life's a BEACH for volunteers
East O`ahu People, Wednesday January 31, 2007


B.E.A.C.H. congratulates volunteer beach clean-up organizer Suzanne Frazer for receiving Excellence Award!

Dancer takes lead in keeping beaches clean Honolulu Advertiser
December 14, 2006
Article about Suzanne Frazer receiving the UHM Award for Excellence for her outstanding service to students, university and the community


Grad School Lauds Frazer As Volunteer Midweek, December 13, 2006

Frazer Receives Graduate Student Award for Excellence East Oahu Sun
January 2007




Suzanne speaks about marine debris & beach clean-ups to the audience attending "Protecting Hawaii's Ocean Resources" - an educational evening for the public at Hanauma Bay, July 2006.
click on image to enlarge



Smoke-free Beaches

Bill 224 passed (on Earth Day) making beaches and parks on the island of Hawai`i smoke-free.  Suzanne Frazer represented B.E.A.C.H. at the hearing in Kona testified in support of the bill and in support of an override of the Mayor's veto.  The veto was overturned by a 7-2 vote.

Smoking Illegal at Big Island parks and beaches,
KHON2 news, April 24, 2008

Big Island council overrides veto on sweeping smoking ban
KGMB9 news, April 24, 2008


Big Isle Council OKs smoking ban in parks, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 13, 2008
The law would be the first to apply to all facilities on an island


Smoke Ban a Win for Kids Honolulu Advertiser, January 22, 2007
Smoke-free beach - Big Isle kids win one for Mother Nature



Marine Debris

Altered Oceans Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2006
Great articles, video and photos of marine debris that is making our ocean a "sea of plastic".

Help Our Ocean Honolulu Advertiser, April 2, 2006
Article about marine debris, ocean pollution, and playing a part in protecting the ocean.

Fishermen Hauling in Ghost Nets Honolulu Advertiser, August 22, 2006
Net recycling program in Honolulu.


Congress Passes Key Ocean Debris Measure Honolulu Advertiser
December 12, 2006
$12 million in federal funds received by NOAA and Coast Guard to combat marine debris problem in our oceans

Study: El Nino Boosts Marine Debris Risks For Monk Seals
KITV4 news, June 11, 2007



Marine Life

Fewer Hawaiian Monk Seal Pups,
Honolulu Advertiser, Monday 1st February, 2010

Photo: Suzanne Frazer

Unlikely Ocean Life Helps Keep Hawai`i's Beaches Beautiful,
KHNL News8, Dec. 7, 2006



Litter on Beaches

Fire Pits Left by Beach Goers Destroy Volunteer Efforts, KHNL8 News, March 25, 2008
News story on Sherwoods beach.




Bellows Beach

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono secures House vote for $2.5 million to clear away Bellows Beach landfill. The announcement was made at a press conference (Sun. 26th Aug. 2007). click here for more information about the Bellows Beach landfill.


Windward beachgoers want dumpsite completely cleaned
KHON2 news, January 23, 2007


Air Force, residents clash over cleanup
Honolulu Advertiser, January 21, 2007


Beach Trash a Relentless Tide Honolulu Advertiser, January 18, 2007
Article about Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki, 2 volunteers who keep Waimanalo Beaches clean despite ongoing tide of marine debris




Simple resolutions for an eco-friendly life,
Honolulu Advertiser, Monday 29th December, 2008

Green resolutions for 2009 by three local environmentalists including B.E.A.C.H.
co-founder, Suzanne Frazer.










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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