By Nina Wu
This Saturday (Sept. 21) is the Ocean Conservancy's 28th International Cleanup Day.
So it's the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and pitch in at a beach cleanup (scheduled throughout Oahu) that day.
These three cleanups, organized by Kokua Hawaii Foundation's Plastic Free Hawaii, take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (check-in at 8:30 a.m.):
>> James Campbell Wildlife Refuge/Kahuku — Partners include U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Kahuku High and Intermediate School Green Club.
>> Ka‘ena Point, Mokule‘ia route — Partners include Friends of Ka‘ena and U.S. Army Garrison
>> Kailua and Lanikai beaches — Partners include Ocean Devotion Hawaii and Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks
Join Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii for beach cleanups on the Leeward side (much needed)
>> Ma‘ili Point Beach Park, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (check-in at 9 a.m.) — Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is hosting this beach cleanup, which includes Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Pokai Bay and Makaha, to be followed by an after party with live music and more from noon to 3 p.m.
Volunteers should bring sunscreen, refillable water bottles and gloves. Other items that are good to bring include buckets, colanders (to sift out plastic debris) and reusable rubbish bags.
Join the Surfrider Foundaton in cleaning up Sand Island on Saturday.
>> Sand Island Beach Cleanup, 9:30 a.m. to noon — The Surfrider Foundation's Oahu chapter is teaming up with Lyon to host a beach cleanup at Sand Island State Recreation Area. Start with a yoga warmup, sign in and start cleaning at 10 a.m. Please bring your own water bottle, a hat and sunscreen.
Last year, more than 500,000 volunteers picked up 10 million pounds of trash spanning nearly 18,000 miles of coastline during the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Do your part on Saturday.