Ambassador Hans Heinz went out on the morning of July 5th and was able to collect five 50 lb bags of trash following the crowded July 4th spectacle at Kailua Beach Park.
While collecting a great deal of the trash that was carelessly left behind and discarded by beach goers, he was disheartened to report that the recent wind swell hitting windward shores had deposited the largest concentration of micro plastics he'd ever seen at Kalama Beach Park.
Armed with his description of the location (approximately 100 yards north of the main entrance to Kailua Beach Park and stretching north towards Castles), sifter sticks, net sifters, a wheel barrow, two rakes, a shovel, and the screen door which we removed from my house for the purpose, Hans and I returned the next morning and spent several hours focused solely on sifting and collecting these micro plastics, finishing with 7 full buckets of nothing but smaller plastics. There is still work to be done in that area, so anyone who makes ocean plastic art or wants to test out a sifter design, now is the time!!!