Capt. Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, is sailing into town on Jan. 16 and 17 as part of his "Plastic Ocean" book tour. The book tells of Capt. Moore's discovery of what's today known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" during a 1997 voyage from Hawaii back to California aboard the Alguita, a 50-foot catamaran. Today, the foundation continues to collect data and conduct studies on this "plastic soup" in the ocean as well as to educate others about it.
Here are a couple of events to help raise awareness, free and open to the public.
Kahuku Beach Cleanup: The Kokua Hawaii Foundation's Plastic Free Hawaii and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii are organizing a beach cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon at Kahuku Beach - James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, on Monday, Jan. 16. The Kahuku coastline gets the brunt of marine debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch through ocean currents. Check in at Kahuku High School's main entrance at 9 a.m. Open to the public.
Book Signing: From 6 to 8 p.m., Capt. Charles Moore will sign copies of "Plastic Ocean," followed by a reception, at BookEnds at Kailua Shopping Center.
Kahuku High School Talk: Capt. Moore speaks at the Kahuku High School Choir Room from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The community is invited to listen.
UH Lecture: From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. Moore will also be the keynote speaker at the Semester of Sustainability Kick-off at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, Center Ballroom. Open to the public.
BYU-Hawaii Talk: From 2 to 4 p.m., Joel Paschal, founder of Sea of Change and one of the two Algalita scientists who sailed the JUNKraft from California to Hawaii in 2008, will speak at the BYU-Hawaii Campus, Aloha Center Ballroom.
Book Signing: Capt. Moore will be on hand from 6 to 9 p.m. at Indigo Restaurant (1121 Nuuanu Ave.) for a book signing and reception.