World Ocean Day - Kawaikui Beach Clean-up 2008

B.E.A.C.H. celebrated World Ocean Day at Kawaiku`i Beach on Sunday June 1, 2008 by removing invasive algae and litter from the Maunalua Bay shoreline. Sixty-four volunteers did a great job collecting 1108 lbs. of algae while learning about what it is doing to the reefs in Maunalua Bay. Special thanks to Manuel Mejia from The Nature Conservancy who gave an educational presentation on invasive algae before the clean-up.

Thank you to Hawai`i State Representative Lyla Berg who gave an inspiring talk to volunteers. Thank you to Kale's Natural Foods for donating bottled water and a gift basket for the prize drawing. Many thanks to our sponsors who donated great prizes: Aloha Health and Wellness - massage certificate, DLNR-Aquatics Division - International Year of the Reef t-shirts and Ben & Jerry's - ice cream cone coupons.

Before the clean-up After the clean-up

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

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Manuel Mejia from the Nature Conservancy teaching volunteers the different types of invasive algae.
Participant with the leather mudweed.

Manuel with a mangrove shoot.

Volunteers clearing the Diamond Head end of the beach of invasive algae.

Manuel teaching volunteers about the types of invasive algae.
Much of the invasive algae was piled up against a seawall.

Volunteers collecting invasive algae in front of the beach park. Volunteers collecting invasive algae.
64 volunteers helped clean-up Kawaiku`i Beach.

Gorilla Ogo. Hawai`i State Representative Lyla Berg speaking to the participants.

Suzanne giving the Hawai`i Kai Boy Scouts their Certification of Appreciation.
Happy volunteers with prizes from B.E.A.C.H.

Ben & Jerry's prize winners.

International Year of the Reef t-shirt winners.
Suzanne presenting Tom with a gift certificate from Aloha Health & Wellness. Suzanne presenting Veronica with the gift basket prize from Kale's Natural Foods. Guest speaker Manuel Mejia weighing one of the 60 bags of 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.

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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