At Hawaiian Paddle Sports, we are guided by the phrase “e mālama i ke kai” – which translated in English means “to care for the ocean.”
Some of the ways we try to do our part for the earth year-round is conducting mini beach cleanups before each lesson or tour, using stainless steel water bottles instead of single-use plastic water bottles, educating guests about reef-safe sunscreen, and hosting Mālama Maui community service projects and beach cleanups.
For Earth Day 2021, our team joined friends from Trilogy Excursions, Sail Maui, Extended Horizons, and Pacific Whale Foundation for a reef cleanup from Olowalu reef to McGregor Point.
Collectively, we recovered from the water:
- 2,000+ feet of fishing line
- 32 fishing hooks
- 28 lead fishing weights
- 75+ pounds of general fishing gear
- a ghost net
- drowned drone and camera
- car window roller
- 4 Walmart bags
- a dive fin
- a gallon plastic bottle
A total of 58 volunteers on each boat worked to collect debris off the coral, contributing 319 volunteer hours of work. We want to extend a big mahalo to Captain Riley and Trilogy for leading this effort.
Afterward, our team continued on to beautify Olowalu Valley with Maui Cultural Lands.
We love our Maui home and Mother Earth and are committed to do what we can to protect and preserve it.
How are you protecting our earth today and every day? Let us know in the comments!