2006 Makapu`u Beach Clean-ups

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i organized a group of Punahou students on the 19th November to clean Makapu`u Beach using the new sand sifters that had been made recently. They did a great job of picking up all the small pieces of plastic marine debris.

Makapu`u Beach Makapu`u Beach and marine debris After the clean-up

On 29th October, B.E.A.C.H. organized the Makapu`u Beach "Get the Drift and Bag It" clean-up as part of the Ocean Conservancy's International clean-up day. Student volunteers from HPU Hale Loa and Mililani Girl Scouts Troop 549 collected and recorded marine debris on data cards. Some unusual items were collected such as a wedding bouquet and a broken window with a wooden frame.

The top 5 items collected were: 1203 pieces of broken glass, 881 pieces of plastic, 388 cigarette butts, 153 bottle caps/lids, 135 food wrappers/containers. A total of 3469 items were collected and recorded.

HPU Hale Loa students and Mililani Girl Scout Troop 549 before the clean-up HPU students collecting and recording marine debris HPU students cleaning the beach

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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