Ocean Girl Project Operation Beach Clean up!!

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia..

“No task is too big when done together by all.”

I think that  pretty much describes how we feel about how our beach clean up went Saturday, April 2nd. After seeing  such depressing images of albatross stomaches of plastic and honu choking on plastic bags it was SO encouraging and uplifting to be with people who care.

Seeing the final product- all those garbage bags and nets and rusted metals, really felt good and it truly felt like what we did mattered.

Our ocean warrior volunteers had so much fun!

Steve and Daniel in back, Luisa, Colleen, Billie

From Billie~”Hurray! I enjoyed Saturday so much! :) I love how everyone came from different places all over the island and they all came because they care about the ocean, the beaches, and the Aina. We all want the same thing; clean, safe waters and unpolluted environments, so that our children’s children and all living creatures can enjoy life like we do. It’s you and me and our choices who are gonna make it happen.”

Set-up volunteers! lft side:Alanna, very back-Carol-Starbucks, Colleen, Keli, Luisa, rht side: Kelsie, Jeannie, Claire, Daniel, Billie!

From Colleen: I liked that Billie and Keli had us so organized!! They worked so many hours and what they give is something priceless to the earth. I also LOVED the walkie-talkies Big Mahalo Steve-O and the surfboard, mahalo Daniel!!!

From Claire~Aloha Sunday, Cousin Colleen. I wanted to take a minute to express my amazement and appreciation of the Beach Clean-up yesterday. Watching the youngsters take a hold of the fundamental principles of nurturing and sustaining the Ocean…s and he…lping to HEAL Mother Earth was overwhelming for me. I thought of my Native American Indian herit…age; respecting Mother Earth, Teaching The Children, the Full Circles of Life and the importance of Love and Respect. Our next 7 generations depend upon OUR passing on what is REALLY important in life. Your volunteers look up to you with a true admiration and a growing passion for being a part of this necessary HEALING. Your father Sam taught you WELL…and I felt my Uncle and Auntie smiling down upon you, their daughter, my cousin, my ‘Ohana…and I wanted to say BIG MAHALOS for letting me volunteer and be a part of your Ocean Project. Until next time-A hui hou-claire-Ke’ani :O)

Mahalo Daya! xxoo

From Daya~MUAH! that was fun- I really needed being at the clean up… The beach, sun, like-minded individuals, a cleaner beach, chilled ocean… SO necessary for feeling happy and fulfilled! thanks for being so awesome and SWEET and for organizing such a wonderful event and for informing us about plastic… I learned a lot and u made me rethink the choices I make:) love u!!!

From Keli~We couldn’t have asked for anything more! It was a beautiful day at Makapu’u Beach.

Seriously, a microwave??? Mahalo Jerry!

Everyone worked so hard and I couldn’t believe the items that we found! The Starbuck volunteers and ECC volunteers were so wonderful and helpful! Jennifer from Reef Watch was awesome. Everyone that attended was so excited to be there! We need to do more beach clean ups! Thank you Ocean Girl Project, it rocked!!!!

Laura~Thank you for including us Starbuckians in the beach clean up today at Kaupo Beach Park! I learned a lot today.

Mahalo to all the Starbuckians, you made such a difference!

When I grabbed lunch afterward at Kalapawai I used my own cup and turned down the straw. =)

From Aimee ~I had an awesome time too!

From Reef Watch Waikiki

Thank to our friends at Ocean Girl Project for hosting such a great event last weekend! We look forward to taking part next time, too :)



Big mahalo to Doug for all the hard work and beautiful pictures!!

We are changing the world, one beach at a time!

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Ocean Girl Project and Starbucks Team for a Beach Clean Up Saturday April 2nd!

Ocean Girl Project Beach Clean up Saturday April 2, 2011!

In honor of Earth Day, we are hosting an Ocean Girl Project beach clean up Saturday April 2nd at Kaupo Beach aka “cockroach bay” near Makapu’u.

The Starbucks crew have volunteered to join us and will be bringing iced tea. We are  honored and blessed to have them, mahalo!

If you didn’t learn as a kid to surf at this spot or haven’t been to this beach before,   it is almost directly across from Sea Life Park.
There is  parking by beach and on highway, beach bathrooms, showers and usually can find small surf.. overall this is an incredible sustainable and surf  area that needs  your help!!

Bring the church, youth  group, how about your neighbors?? Kids love to be at the beach and help the environment!

OGP Volunteers  will be there about 8:00-8:30 am to set up the tent and water station, reusable water bottles are totally awesome!!!

Beach Clean up will begin around   9am – 11:30am.

From 12pm – 2pm free  lite lunch (until we run out) and awesome sustainable ocean presentations.

You are more then welcome to join in at any time, mahalo.

This event is for all ages and everyone is invited, bring your groups,  class mates, neighbors, friends and family to join us.. Car pooling is encouraged!!!

Ocean Girl Project will be providing gloves, burlap bags, buckets, lite food and drinks. There may be organic products and misc sustainable items sale for sale also.

Strongly Suggest: sun glasses, hats/visors, reef safe sun screen, reusable water bottles.. if you have.. heavy duty gloves, old and new plastic bags for debris.

We are going to be there for most of the day, if you can, bring your surfboards and snorkel gear and hang out on a beautiful and clean Hawaii beach!

Also..if we come up with some soft tops or old beater boards we can do a short surf lesson, we have kids that are interested.

Last if you can -we are looking for surf/sustainable sponsor prizes for the kids.

Please join us on face book for up to date information and further sustainable ocean and kids events. Call Colleen if you need any more info 808.852-0106.

Mahalo ocean girls and guys, you are awesome environmental warriors!

About-Kaupo Beach is on the southeastern end of the Windward Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, south of Makai Research Pier and north of Makapuu Beach Park, opposite the Sea Life Park Hawaii. A little off shore are Manana Island (Rabbit Island) and Kaohikaipu Island (Turtle Island). Kaupo Beach has no strong currents or dangerous coral heads and is popular with local fishermen, swimmers and surfers.

Mana Island is known as ‘Rabbit Island’ as rabbits were raised here until 1994 when they removed as a threat to the surrounding bird breeding areas and ecosystem. The island covers 63 acres and is a volcanic tuff cone island. Mana Island is an important breeding ground for sooty terns, brown noddies, wedge-tailed shearwaters, bulwers petrels and red-tailed tropic birds. Mana Island and the smaller Kaohikaipu Island next to it are both protected bird sanctuaries and closed to the public.

Plastic-filled 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 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 that receive much greater attention. And it is the most directly actionable of all environmental threats.

Plastic stomach contents from a dead albatross


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