By Nina Wu
Get ready, get set, clean!
The Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii are organizing a week full of events, including two beach cleanups — one on the north shore and one on the south shore — in celebration of International Surfing Day (June 20).
On Sunday, June 17, join in on the fun with a south shore coastal cleanup of Diamond Head beginning at 9:45 a.m. followed by a thank you party at Tiki's Bar & Grill in Waikiki. There will be free food and prizes for volunteers, sponsored by Barefoot Wines.
On Saturday, June 23, Surfrider and Sustainable will be joined by the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to host a North Shore coastal cleanup of the James Campbell Wildlife Refuge. Check-in is at 9:30 a.m., with the cleanup from 10 a.m. to about noon. The beach cleanup is followed by a 5 p.m. party at The Refinery Project in Waialua. Event sponsor Method cleaning products will collect the day's plastic to recycling into product packaging. Gloves, trash bags and water will be provided. Also, during the beach cleanup, look for glass bottles buried in the sand — those who discover them can receive prices from sponsors including Quiksilver, Patagonia and Hurley.
The cleanups are kid-friendly and include fun, educational components on ways participants can reduce their environmental impact on the ocean. The trash and debris collected are tallied and reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
On Wednesday, June 20, participate in a group surf. Details will be available on the International Surfing Week on Oahu Facebook page. Also, shop at Whole Foods and 5 percent of the store's proceeds will be donated to Surfrider Foundation's Oahu chapter.
"If you surf, if you love and respect the ocean, come out and show your support," says Sustainable Coastline's executive director Kahi Pacarro.