Clean the beach

All One Ocean in­stalls sta­tions at Hilo parks

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

Lo­cal non­profit All One Ocean has a sim­ple so­lu­tion to the ocean pol­lu­tion that kills more than 1 mil­lion marine crea­tures a year and poses a sig­nif­i­cant health threat to hu­mans and other land crea­tures: beach cleanup sta­tions.

Per­ma­nently mounted near beach trash cans, All One Ocean’s beach cleanup sta­tions are wooden boxes con­tain­ing re­pur­posed, reusable bags for col­lect­ing trash. Each sta­tion fea­tures chil­dren’s marine-themed art and sig­nage show­ing how to use the sta­tion, the im­pact of marine de­bris and how to re­duce trash.

All One Ocean re­cently in­stalled two sta­tions in Hilo, at Richard­son Ocean Park and Reeds Bay Beach Park, and two more are on the way at Carl­smith Beach Park. The four sta­tions are in part­ner­ship with Hawaii County and Pa­cific Quest, a wilder­ness ther­apy pro­gram based in Hilo and Ka‘u.

All One Ocean ex­pects the sta­tions to ed­u­cate 3,240 beach­go­ers a year and al­low them to pick up 80,000 pieces of trash, di­vert­ing this lit­ter from oceans and wa­ter­ways.

Any­one in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing, set­ting up or car­ing for a sta­tion or en­ter­ing All One Ocean’s Beach Cleanup Chal­lenge, email katie@ al­lo­neo­cean.org. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit al­lo­neo­cean.org.

Cour­tesy photo

Pa­cific Quest staff, from left, Josh Hodorff, Jessica Hughes, Gary Fran­cisco and Camille Bourcier are stoked about All One Ocean’s beach cleanup sta­tion at Richard­son Ocean Park.

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