HOA Ambassador for Waimanalo, Hans Heinz, led the beach clean-up crew down to 'Nalo today where we cleaned the beach and naupaka bushes from Sherwoods down to Waimanalo Beach Park.
We recovered over 100 lbs of rubbish, including: ocean-borne plastics, beer bottles and cans, a surprising number of toothbrushes, several lighters, countless cigarette butts, bottle caps, plastic tubing, and large commercial fishing related ropes and plastics. Unfortunately, we also found and disposed of not one, but TWO dirty diapers...I mean come on people...that is just criminal!
That aside, we had an absolute blast! The weather was strikingly gorgeous, the water as crystal clear as I've eve seen it, and a great deal of trash was removed from the beach.
We also took the opportunity to rock our new HOA hats and t-shirts and have discussions with a half dozen other beach goers about HOA's mission and the importance of taking at least 3 pieces of trash with you every single time you leave the beach. People were really receptive, grateful for our efforts, and genuinely interested in helping out or cleaning the beach on their own in the future.
We'll put this down as a 'win' for the day.
HOA = 1 vs. Ocean Trash = 0