Nudi Wear and Ocean Defenders Alliance-Hawaii (ODA) teamed up to host our second beach cleanup at Waiāhole Beach Park. Waiāhole Beach Park is located on the east side of Oahu, close to Chinaman’s Hat. Last August, Nudi Wear and ODA worked together to remove over 3,000 lbs of garbage from this same beach. With assistance from Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), we filled the back of a flatbed truck that they provided.
Waiāhole Beach Park Cleanup August 1st, 2020
On Saturday, March 13th, over 30 volunteers gathered to tackle the massive amount of trash that had accumulated at the beach park since our last cleanup. After a quick discussion about the cleaning plan and safety, we all grabbed buckets, tools, and gloves and started to work! The conditions were extra muddy after all of the flooding Oahu had encountered earlier in the week, but that did not stop us from having a great time and cleaning the beach!
A group of volunteers worked very hard to remove a large section of abandoned fishing net buried in the mud that weighed more than 500 pounds by itself. We also removed a lot of fishing floats and plastic crab traps.
There were several dilapidated and abandoned boats and kayaks that we broke apart and removed from the water and beach.
In spite of the rain and mud, a great time was had by all.
Overall, we removed approximately 3,600 pounds of garbage from Waiāhole Beach Park. We never expected to remove more than we did 7 months ago at our last cleanup here! Our haul included several irreparable boats and kayaks, 8 tires, large plastic containers and pieces of Styrofoam, a rocking chair, homemade fishing traps, and more debris.
We will keep this beach on our list of places to return as we know it accumulates a large amount of debris quickly. A big thank you to ODA, DPR, and all of the volunteers who showed up in such muddy and wet conditions! Be sure to check out Ocean Defenders Alliance and all the great things they are doing in Hawaii and California too!
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