Currently, Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors (HOA) is working on a number of special projects, including:
Change.org Petition to Improve Coral Reef Education at Hanauma Bay
There are currently over 9,300 signatures including support from pro surfers, lifeguards, marine biologists, Friends of Hanauma Bay, visitors and locals alike asking for the currently misleading educational video at HB to be updated to remove sections showing people walking on the coral reef and approaching sea turtles. We understand our voices have been heard and a new video is currently in production. We anxiously await its release. To encourage a fast roll-out of the video we ask that people continue to sign and share the petition. You can also learn more here.
Working to encourage Hawaii State Legislators to pass a bill to ban Oxybenzone - a chemical additive in sunscreen that causes massive damage to the fragile coral reef environment
Unfortunately, the bill to ban oxybenzone stalled in committee in the Hawaii State Legislature in 2017. State Senator Joe Espero has made a promise to re-introduce the bill in the 2018 session. Efforts to educate people about this dangerous chemical have been successful however with more and more people turning to reef safe sunscreen. To learn more read our interview with Dr. Craig Downs - one of the leading scientists on the issue.
Design and Construction of Sand Sifters to assist folks with Beach Clean Ups
We continue to work on making new and improved designs to sift micro plastics out of the sand. We've built and distributed approximately 25 sand sifters to friends and neighbors who report that they spend more time cleaning the beach now than ever before thanks to the convenience of a long handled sifter. Check out our Sand Sifter page for tips on how to make your own!