Marine Debris Litters Beautiful Windward Oahu Beach

Dean Otsuki
Dean Otsuki
Suzanne Frazer
Suzanne Frazer

MAKAPUU - (KHNL) Marine debris and litter are seriously damaging a beautiful Windward Oahu beach. The Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai'i, known as" B.E.A.C.H," just hauled away more than 3,000 pounds of trash at Makapu'u beach, but they say they still have a long way to go.

Mounds of ropes and nets are what remain of 3,000 pounds of marine debris collected at the site last weekend.

It's only been five days since the massive clean-up effort, but the trash is already starting to pile up again.

"Its pretty frustrating, especially on this windward side," said B.E.A.C.H. co-founder Dean Otsuki. We'll clean some beaches where we clean one day and we come back a few weeks later and it looks like we haven't cleaned anything."

Suzanne and Dean founded "B.E.A.C.H." They organize large cleanup efforts, but they also show up alone at least a few times a week.

This is some of the marine debris they've collected. These come from Japan, South America, and the mainland.

"Hawaii's like the comb in the middle where all this debris goes right through. And, we catch it. Mainly on the windward sides of all the Hawaiian Islands," said Otsuki.

But it's not only marine debris. Litter from right here at home is also a big part of the problem.

"It's such a nice beach in a nice area that you hate to see it get trashed so much," added Otsuki.

Dean and Suzanne hope raising awareness will make a difference.

"I think that what motivates me is that we're telling people about this, making people more aware."

"Beach goers are joining in the cleanup. And, even just seeing us do the clean ups, are now thinking about litter and how to solve that problem, said Suzanne Frazer"

They hope eventually all beach goers will carry an extra bag, pick up things that aren't supposed to be there, and throw them away.

The B.E.A.C.H volunteers are organizing another clean-up at Makapu'u in September.