Oahu Coastal Cleanups Set For Sept. 21

The Ocean Conservancy’s quest for a plastic-free Hawaii continues Sept. 21 on the North Shore, Windward and Leeward coasts.

The group’s 28th International Coastal Cleanup Day, in partnership with Kokua Hawaii Foundation and others, will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at Kaena Point (Mokuleia route), James Campbell Wildlife Refuge, Kailua area beaches and at Ma’ili Beach Park. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the first three.

Last year, Ocean Conservancy and its partners mobilized a half-million volunteers, who picked up 10 million pounds of trash worldwide.

Participants should bring sun protection, refillable water bottles and gloves. Buckets, colanders and reusable rubbish bags also are helpful.

To reach Kaena Point, take H-2 to Kaukonahua Road, to Farrington Highway past Waialua and go about one mile past Camp Erdman until you reach the parking lot.

The wildlife refuge is at mile marker 15 on the makai side of Kamehameha Highway, between Kahuku and Turtle Bay.

Volunteers at the Kailua end of the island can check in at three sites: Kai Olena access in Lanikai, at Kailua Beach Park across from Buzz’s, or at Kalama Beach Park.

For the latest information, visit kokuahawaiifoundation.org or email plasticfree@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.