World Ocean Day - Kawaikui Beach Clean-up 2007

Kawaiku`i Beach Clean-up
Friday June 8, 2007

B.E.A.C.H., Malama Maunalua, and Livable Hawai`i Kai Hui celebrated World Ocean Day at Kawaiku`i Beach on Friday June 8, 2007 by having a beach clean-up to remove invasive alien algae and litter from the Maunalua Bay shoreline. Volunteers did a fantastic job collecting 847 lbs. of algae while learning about invasive algae and what it is doing to Maunalua Bay. Special thanks to Eric Co from The Nature Conservancy who gave a presentation on alien invasive algae before the clean-up.

Thank you to Hawai`i State Representative Lyla Berg who gave an inspiring talk to volunteers and participated in the clean-up. Mahalo to Sooz Mirikitani from the Bayer Estate who let volunteers park their cars on the Estate's property and mahalo to Livable Hawai`i Kai Hui for the World Ocean Day banner. Thank you to Kale's Natural Foods for donating bottled water, electrolytes and a gift basket for the prize drawing. Also thank you to the prize sponsors: GreenSaks - reusable shopping bags, Wet Feet Aina Haina - t-shirts and stickers, and Ben & Jerry's - ice cream cone coupons.

Before the clean-up After the 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.

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Volunteers before the clean-up.
Ryan and Suzanne from B.E.A.C.H. at the registration table.

Pauline from The Nature Conservancy at the equipment table.
Hawai`i State Representive Lyla Berg inspiring volunteers before the clean-up. Eric Co from The Nature Conservancy giving a presentation on invasive algae.
Eric teaching volunteers about the types of invasive algae.

Over 50 volunteers help clean-up Kawaiku`i Beach. Volunteers collecting invasive algae.
Francisco Figueredo for Hawai`i State Representative Charles Djou and Hawai`i State Representive Lyla Berg.

Charles and Shannon using teamwork to clean-up Kawaiku`i Beach. Chaminade students Lydia, Seth, Mattie, and Chris.

Jon working hard.
Francisco Figueredo for Hawai`i State Representative Charles Djou, Elizabeth Reilly from Livable Hawai`i Kai Hui, and Hawai`i State Representive Lyla Berg. Ben & Jerry's prize winners.

Wet Feet Aina Haina prize winners.
Suzanne presenting Alyssa with the gift basket prize from Kale's Natural Foods. Alyssa from Malama Maunalua weighing a bag of algae. Eric tying up bags full of invasive algae.

World Ocean Day is being celebrated with activities worldwide.  It is an opportunity to reflect on the ocean’s importance in our lives, to learn more about the ocean and to take time to do something good for our blue planet.  It’s up to each of us to help ensure that the ocean is protected and conserved for future generations through positive changes in our daily lives.

Mahalo to: The Nature Conservancy, Malama Hawai`i, NOAA Marine Debris Program & National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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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