By Nina Wu
"Changing Tides," a 15-minute documentary about Hawaii's marine debris, was officially selected for the 2012 Maui Film Festival and will be shown at 4 p.m. at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this Saturday, June 16.
The Northern Pacific Gyre, more commonly known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," has an impact not only on Hawaii residents but other Pacific Islands and the rest of the globe. It's a global problem.
An estimated 26 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year - tons of "plastic debris" — pieces of plastic that have broken down or been eaten up by marine animals in the ocean, wash up on Hawaii shorelines.
The story is told through the eyes of Hawaiian kupuna, professional watermen, scientists and volunteers who all share a passion for the ocean and are trying to protect it.
Besides demonstrating the real dangers of marine debris, the film also provides solutions individuals can take to decrease their plastic footprint.
On Saturday morning (June 16), Positive H2O and Surfrider are also holding a beach cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon at Launiupoko Beach, with free lunch from Lulu's afterwards. Bring your boards to enjoy the "clean water playground" after the cleanup.
Visit sustainablemaui.org for more details.