No matter if you are an islander or a main-lander and no matter your stand on mother earth and her oceans, you need to hug a beach!
Did you know that the islands of Hawaii are the vortex for the ocean's trash? The currents and tides bring the trash of the world to the beautiful islands of Hawaii and dispose of it on the windward side of our islands.
In recent years, it has become a very serious problem. Local volunteers and organizations such as Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i and Greenpeace are making a concerted effort to bring awareness to the situation. Not only do they make others aware, but they are continually working to clean our beaches.
The maintaining of the beaches has become an overwhelming problem. The cycle is never ending. The cleanup is done but the next tide deposits more trash. Even with the volunteers, city and county workers doing all they can, they are not able to keep up with the endless tide of debris that washes up on our island shores. The biggest culprit is plastic pieces; but things like cargo nets and ropes are also a daily occurrence. A soda can may travel thousands of miles to end up on Hawaii 's shores.
Whenever you visit a beach area, please pick any trash that you see. Here on Oahu and other parts of the world people are taking trash bags with them when they walk along the beach, picking up the trash washed in by the tides. It is not long before these bags become to heavy to carry.
The trash is not only unsightly but it is extremely dangerous to the creatures of the sea. Fish think that the tiny glittering plastic is food and sea creatures are entrapped and killed by the nets which float in the waters.
I do not want my island paradise to become a paradise lost. The Aloha spirit of the people of Hawaii has made them very conscious of their environment and the necessity to care for it. However, the people of Hawaii cannot control the trash of the world and the carelessness of millions of people.
Please "hug a beach". If you live near the shoreline, make taking a walk along the beach a regular habit and don't forget the trash bag. If you are one that only visits the beach occasionally, you can still help. Whenever you visit the beach (island or mainland), do not leave trash behind and "hug a beach" by doing a little extra.
If you care to learn more, I suggest googling keywords like, trash Hawaiian Islands . You will be surprised to find that Google reports there are over 92,000 matches found on the Internet. I have included a few of links below: