By Nina Wu
The Surfrider Foundation hosts a "butt-clearing" and beach cleanup Saturday morning (March 30) at Point Panic at Kakaako.
Meet at Point Panic at 10 a.m. Look for flags and tents opposite the Kewalo Marine Laboratory.
This months' beach cleanups is focused on cleaning up cigarette butts, one of the most common items littered along the coastline. Volcano E-Cigs is offering the Surfrider Foundation 5 cents for each butt collected. Visit www.cigarettelitter.org to read published research about how cigarette butts cause harm to aquatic life.
Honolulu City Council, meanwhile, passed Bill 72, which bans smoking at most East Oahu beaches, including Kapiolani Park, Kuhio Beach Park, Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park, Sandy Beach Park and the beach side of Ala Moana Regional Park. The bill now goes to Mayor Kirk Caldwell for his signature.
The beach cleanup will tally up the items cleared from the coastline, followed by lunch provided by Blue Tree Cafe.
If you miss this beach cleanup, Divas Doing Good, the non-profit arm of Eden in Love and The Wedding Cafe at Ward Warehouse, has organized another one at Kakaako Beach Park from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Kakaako Beach Park. There'll be games, prizes and all ages are welcome. Please RSVP by April 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.