Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kailua Beach Park Clean-Up Sat. Dec. 11th

 ***Weather is looking good: Come on down to the beach TODAY!***

It's time for our quarterly beach clean-up and social on Sat. Dec. 11th. We'll  take this time to have a holiday picnic and place some of our HI-5 bins
around the beach park.

When: Saturday, Dec. 11th
9:00am: Check-in
11:00am: Join us for the trash tally and a low-impact potluck lunch

Where: Kailua Beach Park, 450 Kawailoa Road
Meet near the Canoe House, Main Parking Lot, East of Buzz’s Restaurant

What to bring: sunscreen, hat, work gloves, old colanders, water bottles, friends, and a great attitude! Bring any plastic grocery bags you have to give them a second life as trash bags. If your interested, also bring a low-impact lunch box or food to share. That means reusable plates and utensils too.We'll have coolers and other supplies.

We will need a few volunteers to take turns manning the check-in station. And let us know if you want to join Team Kalama and start your trek from Kalama Beach Park.

Please RSVP at our Facebook page or in the comments.  

Friday, November 12, 2010


To help launch Plastic Free Kailua, we are in search of the perfect logo art to put on our website, educational documents, and importantly, on our reusable bags and water bottles. The reusable products will be available for sale at certified Plastic Free Kailua merchants designated with a logo decal. While exploring the topic of plastic pollution and marine debris, we encourage you to think about solutions and alternatives to single-use plastics such as recycling programs, carrying reusable bags to the grocery, carrying a reusable water bottle filled with tap water, or attending a beach clean-up. Reusable bags, bottles, and lunch boxes are a great way to GO GREEN!

Submissions for the art contest for Plastic Free Kailua should reflect the iconic, natural beauty and/or environment of Kailua, such as the beaches, water sports, the Mokulua Islands, your neighborhood parks or gardens as well as practices that visualize what it means to be plastic free. Use paint, crayons, pastels, fabric, collage, or mixed media to put your vision on paper. The possibilities are endless!

Visit our LEARN page for valuable links and resources to share with keiki.

Who can participate? School-aged children grades K-12 that reside or attend school in the 96734 zip code. (May be submitted by a Teacher, Parent, Organization)
Format: 2-dimensional, on 8.5 x 11" paper

Description: Include 2-3 sentences that describe your vision on the back.

Information: The following information must also be printed on the back of each entry: Child's
Name, Age, Grade, School, and Contact info (for notification purposes)
Criteria: Artwork will be judged on theme, visual appeal, originality, and creativity.

Deadline: All artwork needs to be submitted by December 15th either by mail to Plastic Free
Kailua Logo Contest C/O Kokua Hawaii Foundation, P.O. Box 866, Haleiwa, HI 96712 OR in person at Mu’umu’u Heaven, 767 Kailua Road, Suite 100.

Finalists will be displayed on our website and the winner will be chosen as one of our Plastic Free Kailua logos. The winning artist will receive a Plastic Free Kailua stainless steel reusable water bottle and reusable grocery bag, a Kokua Hawaii Foundation sticker and pencil as well as a $50 Gift Certificate to California Pizza Kitchen. Proceeds of bags and bottle sales will support Plastic Free Kailua programs. Submission of photos and artwork grants permission to include these images in any Plastic Free Kailua, Kanu Hawaii, or Kokua Hawaii Foundation publications or digital media. Entries will only be returned upon request.

Download the Official Flyer here:

HI-5 Recycle Bin Workshop Redux

With the smooth sounds of Ohana Karaoke drifting in from next door, our brave participants fashioned 20 amazing, anarchist recycle bins for placement around Kailua. We laughed, we learned, we got blisters, and a great time was had by all!

Did you miss the workshop? Learn more at and look out for our bins in Kailua! Our investments will need your support and guardianship. We'll be sure to schedule this activity again in the coming months.

PFK sends out a big MAHALO to Gaye Chan of Eating in Public for providing the instruction and materials. We also thank the Castle Foundation for sharing their meeting space with us.

Check out more photos on our Facebook page!

Check out where the bins end up at eating in public

1. Bus stop @ Keolu & Iana Streets
2. Bus stop @ Ka'elepulu Elementary School
3. The Free Store on Keolu Drive - EIP's first free store @ Bob's
4. Bus stop @ Keolu & Akamai (Kailua bound)
5. Bus stop @ Keolu & Akamai (Waimanalo bound)
6. Bus stop @ Akalani & Keolu Streets (Kailua bound)
7. Bus stop @ Oneawa St. and Kaha St.
8. Bus stop @ Kailua Rd. & Kailua Rd. (opposite Oneawa St.)
9. Bus Stop @ Oneawa St. and Kuulei Rd. (by Black Cat)

More coming soon at the Beach Parks!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Plastic bag regulation on City Council agenda 11/9. Submit your support testimony.

Honolulu City Council is considering regulation of single-use plastic bags at the Tuesday 11/09 Public Infrastructure Meeting (Bill 43).

Find out more here:

"This ordinance prohibits the distribution of nonbiodegradable plastic bags under certain conditions by certain businesses and encourages the use of environmentally preferable alternatives such as compostable bags, recyclable paper bags or reusable bags."

"Regulated businesses shall be prohibited from providing nonbiodegradable plastic bags without charge or with a charge of less than $0.05 per bag to their customers at the point of sale. (b) Regulated businesses shall provide customers only the following types of bags without charge at the point of sale: (1) Compostable bags; (2) Recyclable paper bags; or (3) Reusable bags."

PLEASE submit testimony (via email or in person) in support!
Help Hawaii be a model for sustainable choices!

Written testimony must be submitted by 1:00pm Monday.
Sample letter after the jump Dear Council...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Watch Here! TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch LIVE Event Nov. 6., 8:30am PST

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Plastic Pollution Coalition will host TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch -  a one-day event that will bring together global thought leaders from the fields of technology, science, arts and entertainment, design, community activism and business in a dialog on the theme of “The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis.” Click the Agenda page for a schedule of speakers such as Capt. Moore, Beth Terry, Sylvia Earle, Chris Jordan, J. Nichols and more..

Watch it here! They (and WE) will broadcast the event LIVE ONLINE.

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TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch is a forum where issue experts, youth leaders, visual and performing artists, actors, musicians, politicians and many others will share observations on how plastic pollution affects ocean/environmental health and public health; explore solutions for reducing our plastic footprint, and begin to develop ideas about eliminating plastic pollution through individual action as well as public- and private-sector innovation. 

Single-use plastics and disposable plastics are some of the greatest sources of plastic pollution. Follow the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. REFUSE single-use plastics today!

About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self organized.

*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.