International Cleanup Day at ʻĀhihi-Kīnaʻu Natural Area Reserve

September 21, 2019

Remove debris from this precious marine habitat while exploring an area of the reserve that is typically off-limits to the public. Although there is no elevation change, the hike is on a trail through `A`a lava rock, which can be sharp and uneven with no shade for about a mile. It is a beautiful hike but if you feel hesitant about your abilities, PWF encourages you to join efforts at another location. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory and long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats are recommended. Space is limited.International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) is an annual occasion in which communities in over 100 countries come together to remove debris from their local coastal environments. Most of this debris is plastic. Pacific Whale Foundation research shows that 70-90% of debris found on and around Maui is composed of plastic, which has disastrous impacts for all marine life, from coral and the small organisms that constitute plankton to some of the largest mammals on Earth.

This year, Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) staff and volunteers will be stationed at a range of coastal areas throughout the island. We invite residents and visitors of Maui to join in removing harmful debris from the marine environment and to reduce the amount of litter that reaches the beach in the first place by rethinking daily habits through our new RETHINK campaign. It is our conviction that this two-pronged approach is key to one day successfully ridding the ocean of plastic waste. 

 To volunteer for these ICCD activities, pre-register at Click the first link on the page, then choose your cleanup after you receive our confirmation email. 


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