In support of “Get The Drift & Bag It,” the 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup day on Sept. 15, 46 volunteers from the Waiakea High School Interact Club and its sponsoring organization, the Rotary Club of Hilo, participated in the shoreline survey and cleanup from the Wailoa River mouth shoreline to the Coconut Island road entrance and Liliuokalani Park.
Rotarian Ed Hara commented, “It’s the only day on our planet that the trash that becomes marine debris that fouls our beaches and endangers our marine wildlife is picked up and counted in a survey.
“In 2011, the number one item found was cigarettes/cigarette filters, totaling 1,910,777. We found 552 in the area we covered. However small a piece of trash is, it causes pollution to our aina,” Hara said. “Please be considerate of our land, water and air. Your life may depend on it.”