The motto of the annual Get the Drift and Bag It beach cleanup campaign is: “Join with friends to make a positive difference in your community.”
That’s just what an energetic group of Rotarians and college and high school students did on Saturday in Hilo.
“This annual cleanup is an opportunity for community members to join together in a global effort to remove litter and debris from our coastal environment,” said Ed Hara, Rotarian advisor to the Waiakea High School Interact Club.
The WHS Interact Club organized a shoreline cleanup that drew more than 60 volunteers to pick up debris from the Wailoa river mouth, along the shoreline fronting Nihon, to Coconut Island including Lili‘uokalani Park.
Volunteers included students and advisors from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Rotaract Club and St. Joseph High School Interact Club, and Rotary Club of Hilo members. They spent Saturday morning cleaning the shoreline, learning about the area’s cultural and natural history, then enjoying fellowship following their work.
“I hope that future generations will understand, value and respect the spirit, natural resources and heritage of our island,” Hara said.