Beach cleanup & rainwater garden

June 13th, 2013
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Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii partner up for a cleanup at Diamond Head Beach Park this Saturday. Visit www.surfrider.org/oahu for more info. Photo from SOEST.

Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii partner up for a cleanup at Diamond Head Beach Park this Saturday. Visit www.surfrider.org/oahu for more info. Photo from SOEST.

Join the Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii for a beach cleanup at Diamond Head Beach in celebration of International Surfing Day on Saturday, June 15.

Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. at Diamond Head Beach Park, where you'll warm up with some Karma Yoga by Green Girl Yoga and then get down to the business of cleaning up the beach from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch (which will be provided). BAMP is also giving away tickets to its concert with Damian Marley to a few lucky beach cleaners.

Expect to pick up the usual litter (who knows what you'll find?), along with cigarette butts and microplastics (which aren't as readily visible but damaging to the health of the ocean).

Now, if gardening is more your thing, then join the Surfrider Foundation and Malama Maunalua in its rain garden installation work day, also Saturday (June 15) at Kuliouou Beach Park. Rain gardens help reduce the amount of pollution entering Maunalua Bay by capturing rainwater, which is infiltrated into the soil, where plants help remove the pollutants naturally. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and work begins at 9 a.m. For details and to register, contact Sarah at 395-5050 or sarah@malamamaunalua.org.

Malama Maunalua will also hold a grand opening of its Healthy Watershed demonstration project at Koko Marina Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about how to keep sediment and pollution from getting into the Bay.

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