Hawaiian Paddle Sports Beach Cleanup

Maui’s International Coastal Cleanup

Hawaiian Paddle Sports Beach Cleanup

Hawaiian Paddle Sports spent International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 at Po‘olenalena Beach Park.

On International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017, Hawaiian Paddle Sports and Hawaii Mermaid Adventures hosted a beach cleanup at Po‘olenalena Beach Park. As we play and make a living on the ocean, we feel it is our kuleana, or responsibility, to clean the area and increase awareness about the growing problem of ocean and beach pollution, even on an island as beautiful as Maui. It’s why we start every lesson with a mini-beach cleanup, and always make it a point to leave our beaches cleaner than we found them.

On September 8, 2017, nearly 50 volunteers, including our staff, locals and visitors, helped pick up thousands of pieces of trash in just over two hours. Lunch was provided to volunteers courtesy of 808 Deli.

The Po‘olenalena Beach Park trash pickup count in just 2.5 hours (from 8:30-11 a.m.) included:

Cigarette Butts: 768

Food Wrappers: 203

Take out containers Plastic: 18

Take out containers Foam: 9

Plastic bottle caps: 106

Metal bottle caps: 240

Lids Plastic: 12

Straws/Stirrers: 57

Forks, Knives, Spoons: 24

Fishing Buoys, pots, traps: 3

Fishing Net pieces: 11

Fishing Line (in yards): 31

Rope (in yards): 34

Appliances: 0

Balloons: 6

Cigar tips: 2

Cig Lighters: 3

Construction Materials: 74

Fireworks: 10

Tires: 2

Car Hood: 1

Boogie Board: 1

Metal Fence Material: 12 Feet

Plastic Fence Material: 6 Feet

Foam Pieces: 77

Glass Pieces: 244

Plastic Pieces: 722

Plastic Beverage Bottles: 26

Beverage Bottles Glass: 59

Beverage Cans: 29

Grocery Bags: 16

Other Plastic Bags: 28

Paper Bags: 37

Cups and Plates (Paper): 14

Cups and Plates (Plastic): 28

Cups and Plates (Foam): 8

Other Foam Packaging: 153

Other Plastic Bottles (oil, bleach, etc): 3

Strapping Bands: 16

Tobacco Packing/Wrap: 14

Condoms: 1

Diapers: 5

Tampons: 9

Bone Pieces: 31

Tin Foil: 56

Misc Paper: 151

Fabric: 29

Tent Stake: 1

Glasses: 1

Propane Can: 1

Dog Leash: 1

Large Barrel: 1

Tennis Ball: 1

Beach Chair: 1

Bamboo Mat: 1

Snorkel: 1

Ear Ring: 1

Band Aid: 17

Weed Wacker Plastic: 32

PVC Pipe: 3

Car Head Rest: 2

Metal Pieces: 13

Fishing Pole: 1

Wine Cork: 9

Cardboard : 5

Duct Tape: 4

Nylon: 15

Napkin: 98

Batteries: 10

Food Can 1

Shoes: 16

Chop Stick: 1

Glow sticks: 11

Van Seat: 1

Metal Grate: 1

Razor Blades: 2

Camping Gear: 6

Ceramic: 4

Rubber Pieces: 7

Dryer Sheets: 12

CO2 Cartridge: 1

It was disheartening, and eye-opening to many, to realize how many people don’t properly dispose of their rubbish. And this tally does not include the two groups who used the Clean Swell App to track their trash as they picked it up. After the cleanup, this data was added to the International Coastal Cleanup’s marine debris database. Results from the data help inform policy and debris removal efforts.

Volunteers at Maui beach clean up

Volunteers helped fill up large trash bags with rubbish and debris from the beach.

For the past 30 years, The Ocean Conservancy has hosted the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup event. In this time, nearly 12 million volunteers have removed over 220 million pounds of trash from our waterways and beaches. Maui’s International Coastal Cleanup event is supported by Malama Maui Nui, in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s international cleanup efforts.

The issue of marine debris – particularly plastic pollution – is one of the most significant problems plaguing our ocean environment. Over 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our ocean each year, and it is estimated that the amount of plastics in our ocean will outnumber fish by the year 2050. Seabirds, turtles, fish, and dolphins commonly mistake plastic for food. Plastics also absorb toxic chemicals and pollutants that then weave their way up the food chain.

The good news is that by working together, we can significantly curb plastic pollution.

Maui’s International Coastal Cleanup was organized by Hawaiian Paddle Sports as part of its Malama Maui community give back program. For more photos from the beach cleanup, visit our Facebook photo album.