(HawaiiNewsNow) - Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii have joined forces to organize a week of service and celebration for International Surfing Day, started in 2008 by Surfrider. Two clean ups are planned for the north and south shores, with social events to follow, plus a mid-week group surf.
On Sunday, June 17, the south shore coastal cleanup of Diamond Head begins at 9:45, followed by a party at Tiki's Bar & Grill in Waikiki with free food and prizes for volunteers, sponsored by Barefoot Wines. Saturday, June 23rd, the groups are joined by Kokua Hawaii Foundation to host a north shore coastal clean up of James Campbell Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku, with a 9:30 check in, followed by a 5:00 pm party at The Refinery Project in Waialua. Event sponsor Method cleaning products will be collecting the day's plastic to recycle into product packaging. All materials, including gloves, trash bags and water, will be provided. During both clean ups, glass bottles will be hidden, with winners receiving prizes from sponsors like Quiksilver, Patagonia, and Hurley. A group surf is set for International Surfing Day, June 20th, with details to come on the International Surfing Week on Oahu Facebook page. Shop at Whole Foods that day and 5% of the store's proceeds will be donated to Surfrider Foundation's Oahu chapter. "The collective removal of land-based trash and marine debris is crucial in keeping the coastlines safe and beautiful," says SCH Executive Director Kahi Pacarro. "If you surf, if you love and respect the ocean, come out and show your support." The clean ups are kid-friendly and include fun educational components on ways participants can reduce their environmental impact on the ocean.
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