5 incredibly easy Earth Day tips from ocean athletes

Everyday is Earth Day Beach Clean Up!! Come join Ocean Girl Project and clean a dirrrrrrty beeeeeach! Baby Maks 8-11am. Bring a board and pray for surf after! And if you’re an early bird, sunrise morning yoga sesh, bright and early at 6:45am with the wonderful Sarah Moore!


Ocean Minded’s ambassadors share how you can help protect the sea every day-April 21, 2014 by Johnie Gall

We think it’s pretty safe to say everyone wants to help protect our oceans and waterways. If you don’t, well, you’ve got a cold heart, friend. You’ve also seriously underestimated how much we depend on having a source of clean drinking and bathing water, and a healthy, sustainable source of edible marine food. But we also understand that the thought of tackling the issues threatening these waterways can be a little overwhelming when you’ve got dry cleaning and deadlines.

Enter Ocean Minded ambassadors, a team of ocean athletes who are well versed in the simple, surprisingly easy things you can do to lend a hand. And there’s no better time to pick your favorite and give it a shot than on Earth Month!

Here, five “do it today” tips from the Ocean Minded team:

Say no to plastic

Forgetting your reusable bag may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but every piece of plastic has a chance of ending up in our oceans, where it can be ingested by marine animals and, in turn, enter the food chain and end up on your dinner plate. “Make sure to use reusable bags for grocery shopping to cut back on plastic use,” says Gillian Gibree, founder of Paddle into Fitness SUP yoga studio. Surfer Hailey Partridge stashes foldable ChicoBags in her purse, while her twin sister, Sierra, brings her own fork when she goes out to eat. (Try stashing a clean one in your purse or on the dashboard of your car so you don’t forget.) Surfer Avery Aydelotte makes waste-free lunches: “I pack my lunch every day for school and I use reusable pouches instead of plastic baggies.” Check out reuseit.com for colorful pouches, or buy Sierra Partridge’s utensil set at to-goware.com.

“Life in the dormitories at [University of California Santa Barbara] has taught me many things, but one of the most shocking is how much water people use,” says surfer Lulu Erkeneff. “Whether it be standing in the shower for an extra couple of minutes or leaving the sink on when washing your hands, those moments represent a precious resource going to waste.” She suggests taking time every day to reflect on your water usage and finding ways to cut back, which will conserve clean water and help reduce runoff into waterways and oceans.

Shop local

Shop at your local farmers’ market or sign up for a CSA (community supported agriculture) box so you can get local and fresh produce every week, suggests Sierra Partridge. “Not only is eating locally grown food fresher and tastes better,” she says, “it also has to travel less of a distance to get to you, which is less taxing on the environment.”


When you clean, be clean

Name-brand housecleaning products are often laden with toxic chemicals. The good news? There are plenty of all-natural swaps you can make and keep a clean home. “You can pretty much clean your whole house with baking soda and vinegar,” says Aydelotte. “But if you don’t want to do that, there are a lot of options out there now that you can buy that won’t harm our lakes and oceans.” Avoid ingredients like butyl cellosolve, common in all-purpose, window, and other types of cleaners; perchloroethylene, a spot remover; and nonylphenol ethoxylate, a common detergent. These ingredients could cause damage to the liver, kidneys, bone marrow, and nervous system and easily pollute waterways.

Power off

One of the easiest things you can do on Earth Day is to pledge to turn off your power and electronics for an hour—that’s it! “If you could spend an hour or more without any electronics, even your phone, every day, that would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere and making our oceans more acidic,” says Erkeneff. “Leave your phone at home and take some time to enjoy the beauty of nature without any distractions. Not only will it make you feel refreshed and happier, but it will also positively impact our environment.”


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Live like you LOVE the Ocean – Kailua Beach Ocean Lovers Clean Up



YOU are invited to join Ocean Girl Project volunteers on Sunday OCTOBER 20th as we clean the beach. The more hands, the bigger the impact we make. Let’s keep plastic from choking our seas. Show love for the ocean and the aina, join us and bring 2 friends!

7 things to bring:

  1. hat-visor
  2. work/garden gloves
  3. your own plastic bags to recycle
  4. reusable bottle or cup
  5. sunscreen
  6. snacks and/or potluck dish
  7. LOVE

Ocean Girl Project provides a shade tent, drink station, cotton

gloves, buckets and large rubbish bags. Also  asking volunteers to bring something to share/eat and join us for a potluck picnic after.

Suggest: loose clothing, bathing suit and comfortable shoes or slippas.

We will be meeting 8:00am and cleaning til about 11 am- hope to see you there!!  ps-YES you can join in anytime

Directions posted on facebook page.

Did you know?? Beach Cleanup’s are a great way to take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of debris and how we can prevent them, and have lots and lots of fun.

Ocean Girl Project- started 2008 by a group of surfers/volunteers from becausewesurf. With a desire to make surfing a fun, safe and respectful activity and we want to a difference in our ocean, community and Aina. Our hope, foster love and appreciation, enhance self-confidence and connect others to strong community support and fun healthy outdoor activities.

Mahalo for your endless positive energy and keeping the beaches of our grandparents and grandchildren clean.

Safely Clean 7 ways:

Remember that above all, common sense and ocean awareness will ensure that everybody has a safe and wonderful day at the beach,

  • Do not pick up needles, syringes, dead animals, car batteries, tires or hazardous chemicals, let the team leaders know and we can contact the persons responsible to deal with it. Do not pick up anything unsanitary or that may contain body fluids. If you do not know what it is, or if it looks sketchy do not pick it up, let the team leader know please.
  • Watch for broken glass, jagged metal, in tide pools and in the sand. Ask the team leader to help with broken glass, which goes into plastic tubs.
  • Lift from your knees; ask others for help if it is a large or heavy object. Watch your step! Avoid walking on unstable or slippery ground or rocks.
  • Use your gloves, wear sunscreen, drink water and take breaks
  • Remember we have to carry bags back to the landing site for pick up, please do not overfill if possible.
  • Avoid rubbing your nose, ears and eyes  UGH! Your gloves are very dirty
  • PLEASE Use the hand sanitizer immediately after returning to camp.


7 things YOU can do to make a difference

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption

Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. Get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs,  water with rain.

2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices

Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for over-exploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.

3. Use Fewer Plastic Products

Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.

4. Help Take Care of the Beach

Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.

5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life

Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.

6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner

Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.

7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean

Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.

8. Influence Change in Your Community

Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.

9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly

Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.

10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.

I know, I cheated, there are 10, and even more, what are yours???


For more information on the Japan Tsunami Marine Debris please click on picture or visit visit

What to do if you see debris in Hawai‘i’s ocean or beaches


Be Safe:
If you don’t know what it is and it looks hazardous don’t touch it. Collect as much information as you can from a safe distance, take pictures and write a location description.
Report: Call DLNR at (808) 587-0400 or send an email and photos  to dlnr.marine.debris@hawaii.gov and disasterdebris@noaa.gov to report findings of possible tsunami marine debris, including:
Large quantities of debris
Debris with living organisms on it
Large sized debris (too large to remove by hand)

Ocean Girl Surf Camp alternatives to Plastic Ocean

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Plastic- ocean – a 100% human-caused disaster

The disposable plastic bottle symbolizes waste and litter around the world. But it is not just plastic bottles and careless littering that threaten to turn the oceans from life-sustaining to life threatening.

Bottles and bags. Discarded toys, product packaging and cheap holiday decorations. Household and industrial waste of a thousand kinds.

Littered, dropped, dumped. Used despite safer alternatives. Carelessly disposed, improperly managed. Not reduced, not reused and not recycled.

Rolling, blowing, floating and flowing into the world’s oceans.

Plastic-free ocean – a 100% human-accomplishable goal

Plastic in the oceans is entirely caused by human action and human inaction. It has as much potential to do harm as the worst climate change scenario and is having greater immediate effects, yet it so far receives comparatively no attention, and very little private or government action or funding.

There are a number of ways that marine science, waste management, recycling and materials experts, biochemists and medical professionals might be brought together to work on the interrelated problems from a number of critical angles. But currently, there are no major collaborative efforts among these disciplines.

Changing these situations will require raising awareness and education to motivate changes in consumer behavior. It will take cooperation from businesses to change products and packaging. It will take political action to improve waste management and recycling practices. And it will require financial support for research to find ways to recover and reprocess the millions of tons of plastic already accumulated in marine environments, and other ways to remedial already existing biological and human health effects.

There are many simple and economically practical solutions for reducing the use of plastics, for safely and appropriately reusing certain plastic items, and for improving the handling of plastic waste to make sure that it enters the recycling stream rather than the typical waste stream.

How to keep the problem from getting worse

Consumers need to be  educated about how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. Of these actions, the most important by far is to REDUCE,REUSE, RECYCLE the use of plastic in every aspect of daily living. This is neither as difficult nor inconvenient as it seems, and it can deliver long-term health benefits and immediate cost savings.

Spreading the word

Plastic waste, and particularly its accumulation and breakdown in the world’s oceans, are a far larger problem than heart disease or cancer, and unquestionably contribute to both of these conditions.

Plastic in the oceans is more damaging and far-reaching than deforestation, habitat destruction and other environmental issues, and it is the most directly actionable of all environmental threats.

Spread the word.

Organizations like  Ocean Girl Project needs your support,  please CONTRIBUTE by spreading the word. The Ocean Girl Project’s primary purpose is affordable educational and sustainable actions for our kids in Hawaii .

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Surf Camp Day 5 Graduation!

Saying Aloha for now..

Laughter, smiles, tears, ocean, Hawaiian style goodies, sustainability and ohana, all part of what Ocean Girl Project is all about! Oh and all kines of surfing!!!!

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Surf Camp days 2-4

Mahalo to all our sponsors!!

We spent the second day surfing near bowls. Some of the surfer girls were rippers, some intermediate and some first timers. Thanks to Pro Surfer Nancy Emerson’s School of Surfing for donating use of the boards, all the girls were safe and did outstanding.

I got a picture of Donna!!

Beautiful pictures done by Donna Welch Photography and in da water photos by Ryo, outstanding work, mahalo again for all your hard work Donna.

The third day was learning stand up paddling and a cool introduction to canoe paddling, plus we played a lot in the ocean.

Colleen, our fearless leader!

Billie one of our terrific volunteers playing with the girls!

The girls LOVED the SUP demo and Jeannie came for a second sess!

Jeannie Chesser teaching SUP! Thanks Surf Tech!!

Hey, a mermaid!

Alanna and Roclynn sharing Hawaiian style canoe paddling.

What can we say, our volunteers are awesome!!!!

Leenie and Billie did this cool sustainable time line and also a circle of life demonstration, we had a terrific discussion on our sustainable responsibilities to the island, ocean and each other. Even Faryn got to join us, congrats again our fabulous official Ocean Girl Project surfing masseuse!!

Our fourth day, more reg-u-lar type surfing at the famous bowls, it got big and we let the rippers go wild, well not too wild, Auntie Colleen wouldn’t let them out to the way over head sets. We had one girl scared to death in the ocean and she rode her first wave thanks to encouragement and help from volunteer Keli Rae, it was inspiring to all of us!! Every one of the newbies rode waves, they were stoked!!!

In-between was more fun and more playing..

We had a wonderful time surfing, beach cleaning, loving, learning. singing and by the end of the week we were ohana.

more soon…Day 5

First Day of Camp 2010

Our first morning at surf camp was incredible, we began in a circle with a Hawaiian blessing, and ten super excited surfers.

We got all mixed up at first, which was really funny and knot easy!

After a heart pumping beach stroll, we got a terrific ocean/water safety lesson by Lifeguard Helene Phillips, assisted by our personal water patrol surf dude Dustin.  I love seeing our surfboards in the back!

The girls swam, did rescues and some had their first paddling lessons. Leia came on the atv and talked to the girls about the importance of what they were learning and how we can use this to better our confidence while surfing.

And we played a little too!



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