Kawaihae Surf Park World Ocean and Reef Day
Early Saturday morning, Laura Jim picked up Charlotte and Savannah and headed to Pua Ka Ilima o Kawaihae Surf Park to take part in the Kawaihae World Ocean and Reef Day clean up and educational activities Day. As part of the day’s activities, HPA hosted a “booth” about sea turtle strandings and injuries resulting from fishing line and hook entanglements.
Other groups were at the event to talk to people about their programs and projects. Ala Kahakai trails group, Unexploded Ordinance Recovery Program, Coral Reef Education Institute, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, and Keep Puako Beautiful were all there to share their concerns and solutions to environmental problems.
In addition to hosting the “booth” Laura, Savannah and Charlotte spent about 1.5 hours snorkeling in the waters right off of the surf park and they collected approximately 8 pounds of fishing line, lead sinkers, cans, pieces of plastic and other assorted debris. Their effort were very much appreciated and helped to make the waters off of the park safer for the marine critters that live there.