About 80 Hawaii Preparatory Academy students in grades four, five and seven recently participated in the annual International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy.
The students, who focused their efforts at Spencer Beach Park and at the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor, gathered about 220 pounds of debris, including 400 food wrappers, 2,700 cigarette butts, 1,200 plastic and metal bottle caps, and much more.
Seventh-graders analyzed and documented their findings. The International Coastal Cleanup is the largest and most successful volunteer event of its kind. Volunteers of all ages from every continent remove trash and record specific types of marine debris being collected, allowing The Ocean Conservancy to compile, analyze, and track this data year-by-year and make discoveries about the behaviors that cause the debris.