September 16th was International Ocean Cleanup Day, and 300 hundred Maui volunteers did their part by picking up a staggering six tons of garbage.
The trash was collected from Lahaina streets, harbors and beaches from Puamana to the Māla Boat Ramp. Volunteers for the 13th annual Lahaina Town Cleanup event came from all over the place–residents, visitors, civic clubs, school groups, and local businesses.
This year, the event was helped out by Malama Maui Nui’s “Get the Drift and Bag It!” campaign, which gets people together to clean the coastlines they enjoy.
Every year, the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup brings thousands together to make a difference. Running for 30-odd years now, over 10 million people have picked up nearly 200 million pounds of trash.
Students from Lahainaluna High School did their part by stenciling storm drains with the message “No Dumping – Drains to Ocean.”“It was so great to get the students and their advisor from Lahainaluna High School involved with this stenciling project,” said Ashley Roussel, one of the event organizers to Maui Now. “The students got the chance to get involved and feel a sense of pride in their efforts to protect the area that they love to swim and surf.”