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Organizations team up to clean Hawaii’s coastlines, collects over 800 pounds of trash

KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Over 200 volunteers combed the beaches of Oahu’s north shore Monday collecting over 800 pounds of trash in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society teamed up with the United States Forest Service and Kokua Hawaii Foundation to encourage fourth grade students in Hawaii to go outside and explore public lands and waters.

"Getting kids outside and into our public lands and waters is a first step to making them future leaders and stewards of the land," said Miki Tomita, director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Learning Center.

Also participating in the cleanup was Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii who along with Plastics Free Hawaii works to educate and bring awareness to our use of plastics in our daily lives and how we can reduce the amount of waste we produce each day.

Monday’s massive collection of trash and marine debris emphasizes the interconnectedness of our world’s ecosystems.

“We were finding stuff from all over the world from Mexico, Korea, China, Taiwan, Philippines, all over,” said Kahi Pacarro, executive director or Sustainable Coastlines. “It just shows the global issue and how we in Hawaii are right in the center of what’s happening to the entire world.”

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