By Nina Wu
The weather was beautiful for the 4th of July and we enjoyed picnics, barbecues and the beach — but let's remember that what we leave behind can have harmful consequences. I'm talking about plastic bottle caps, plastic toys and litter left behind — let's make sure that plastic litter doesn't end up in our ocean.
Two events are coming up next Saturday that you can help participate in to help our aina.
* Sandy Beach Cleanup: From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 14, RevoluSun and the Surfrider Foundation invite the public to participate in a beach clean-up at Sandy Beach. Enjoy a free lunch afterwards hosted by solar company RevoluSun. Look for the tents in the park between the lifeguard stand and shower. Call Fabian Toribo at 721-0012 on the day of the cleanup with questions.
* Invasive species cleanup: From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, help the Oahu Invasive Species Club with their monthly removal of harmful invasive plants at the Lyon Arboretum. Volunteers will be removing two invasive shrub species, Ardisia virens and Ardisia sieboldii, from the grounds of the arboretum to prevent them from spreading into the native forests at higher elevations. The Lyon Arboretum is at 3860 Manoa Rd. Contact OISC to RSVP or to get more information at 286-4616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.