Hands Across the Sand event set for Sat­ur­day

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

The eighth an­nual Hands Across the Sand event will fo­cus pub­lic at­ten­tion on the grass-roots move­ment to­ward clean en­ergy begin­ning at 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day at Kealia Pond in Ki­hei.

Ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment, the event’s mes­sage is sim­ple: “no to dirty fu­els and yes to clean en­ergy.” The Maui gath­er­ing is one of more than 100 Hands Across the Sand lo­ca­tions around the world.

“The event aims to drive aware­ness for pro­tec­tion of our oceans and marine life, our coastal en­vi­ron­ment, our coastal economies our moun­tains, val­leys and meadows,” the an­nounce­ment says. “Th­ese gath­er­ings will draw metaphor­i­cal and ac­tual lines in the sand; hu­man lines in the sand against the threat of dirty fu­els.”

Check-in be­gins at 10:45 a.m. in front of Kealia Pond at a Surfrider tent. At 11 a.m., vol­un­teers will clean up Kealia Beach for one hour. Then, at noon, they’ll “hold hands and leave only foot­prints and lines in the sand as a sym­bol of hu­man sol­i­dar­ity.”

Beach cleanup sup­plies will be pro­vided. Or­ga­niz­ers sug­gest bring­ing a re­us­able water bot­tle and sun pro­tec­tion.

Event spon­sors in­clude the Sierra Club, Oceana, Surfrider Foun­da­tion, South­ern Al­liance for Clean En­ergy, Earth Ethics, Friends of the Earth, Gulf Restora­tion Net­work, Chart 411 and Ur­ban Par­adise Guild.

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