By Nina Wu
If you surf, or appreciate surfing and all the ocean has to offer, then put beach cleanup day on your calendar the morning of Saturday, June 21, at Point Panic in Kakaako in celebration of International Surfing Day.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, in partnership with the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Malama Point Panic, Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter and BAMP Project host the annual South Shore cleanup Saturday. The public is invited to meet at 9:30 a.m. at Point Panic, Kakaako Park.
Surfrider Foundation will also be hosting beach cleanups in partnership with First Hawaiian Bank from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kaimana (Sans Souci), Queen's Surf, Kahala and Diamond Head beach parks. Volunteers, including more than 250 First Hawaiian Bank Community Care volunteers will be sifting sand for microplastic and extracting trash and debris.
Surfrider volunteers should check in at 9 a.m. at Diamond Head Beach Park; First Hawaiian Bank volunteers at Kapiolani Park. Lunch, prizes and entertainment will follow from noon to 1 p.m. at Kapiolani Park. Look for yellow banners. Check out Surfrider's My Special Place contest on Instagram.
In Kakaako, crew members from the three non-profit organizations will guide volunteers in cleaning the coastline at designated zones and surrounding areas. Following the cleanup at noon, participants are invited to attend an after-cleanup pa‘ina with live music by Paul Izak at Point Panic.
Hula Grill os offering plastic-free, zero-waste lunches while supplies last. Volunteers will have the opportunity to win several prizes provided by the BAMP Project and others, including tickets to the upcoming Jack Johnson concert.
Educational booths will also be set up to feature topics related to ocean health, marine debris and single-use plastics.