5 Important Beach Cleanups Near You

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Nothing’s sadder than when the beach looks like the corner on bulky items pickup day. But a pristine beach—what could make people happier?

If promoting happiness is one of your life or #squadgoals, you’ll want to know about these five upcoming Saturday morning beach cleanups.

Sat., Aug. 25, 9am: Kapapapuhi Point Park Cleanup Cancelled (Hurricane Lane)

Hui O Hoʻohonua (a.k.a. HOH808) is sponsoring a workday at Kapapapuhi Point Park that might make you famous.

You could be doing anything from painting gazebos to destroying invasive species, and the whole thing is being filmed by a documentary crew.

Hui O Hoʻohonua is a non-profit trying to restore the Pearl Harbor area from its current polluted state back to its historic use as a vital area for fish farming.

Sat., Sept. 1, 9am: Nimitz Beach Monthly Cleanup

808 Cleanups holds a monthly Team Nimitz Beach cleanup. The focus here is random trash from visitors, bonfire leavings, and invasive plant removal.

Sat., Sept. 8, 9am: Hau Bush Monthly Cleanup

It’s 808 Cleanups’ Hau Bush (a.k.a. Oneʻula Beach Park) monthly cleanup. This is for the folks who love liftin’ and haulin’.

Why? Because for some reason, people who get lost on their way to the nearby dump always end up at Hau Bush. In their confusion, they decide it’s a good idea to toss their washing machines, etc., at the ocean.

Folks with trucks are especially beloved at this cleanup, to help haul these items back to their rightful home on Geiger Road.

Sat. Sept. 8, 9am:. Ola Nā Kini Community Workday at Nānākuli Wetland/Estuary (a.k.a. Zablan’s, a.k.a “Stink Pond”)

The folks at Mālama Learning Center are restoring several spots in the southern Wai’anae Mountains, including this estuary (formerly known as “Stink Pond”).

You’ll help remove invasive species like pickleweed and buffelgrass — which sound like plants Harry Potter learned about in Herbology class, but are very real and very bad. For more information, and/or to RSVP, email chelsey@malamalearningcenter.org.

 

Sat., Sept. 22, 8am: Hau Bush Mega Cleanup

Wrapping up this month of ocean love is another cleanup at Hau Bush. This one is sponsored by FOR’EWA Pono, with help from the state DLNR.

As you can see, a big ‘ol container will be on-site to swallow all wayward appliances. Bring your buffest friends.

For all events, tools and gloves are provided. Just make sure to bring water and sun protection, and come in clothes that can get dirty. Closed-toed shoes are good too, as nails and hot coals abound.

And—if you’ll be in amongst the invasive plants, you’ll be happiest wearing pants.

Start a weekend by giving some love to the ʻāina — and getting a decent workout, too.