By Nina Wu
Put it on your calendar: International Coastal Cleaup Day is Saturday, Sept. 15.
Here are three beach cleanups you can participate in:
>> Kailua Beach Park Cleanup: Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is organizing what it calls "the largest beach cleanup event in Kailua history." The cleanup covers all of Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach as well as Popoia and Mokunui Islands. Meet up at 9:30 a.m. Bags, gloves, tally sheets will be provided. Cleanup ends at noon and volunteers are invited to Lanikai Park for an afternoon of live music, "green" guest speakers, keiki games, eco-education, some food and more. Visit SustainableCoastlinesHawaii.org.
>> Sand Island Beach Park Cleanup: The Surfrider Foundation's Oahu Chapter and Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Agents for Change will team up for a community beach cleanup at Sand Island as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The cleanup takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Sand Island Beach Park (end of Sand Island Access Road).
Prizes courtesy of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Agents for Change include eco-friendly backpacks, reusable bags and water bottles plus a plate lunch for all participants. Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Agents for Change is also donating a $2,500 check to the Surfrider Foundation.
>> Kaena Point: The Friends of Kaena also invite volunteers to join a beach cleanup of this beautiful coastline on the Mokuleia side of the North Shore (and home to nesting Laysan albatross) from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Please bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, work gloves and close-toed shoes. Carpooling is encouraged. RSVP here. Call 586-0915 or email email@example.com for more information.