Clean Sweep

Responding to a call on social media, 104 volunteers hauled away 20 truckloads of trash at a Conservancy beach cleanup on Molokaʽi.

A Debris-Filled Beach

Kawaʽaloa Beach on the island’s northwest coast was the site of cleanup.  The remote, crescent-shaped beach lies adjacent to the Conservancy’s Moʽomomi Preserve and is a hotspot for ocean debris that washes up on shore.

Getting Started

Volunteers picked up plastic bottles and bags, rope, buoys, tires and cargo nets, among other items.

Working With Partners

Together with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʽi, the Conservancy conducts 10 Molokaʽi beach cleanups each year.

A Family Affair

Many Molokaʽi residents and families participated in the cleanup.

Getting Kids Involved 

Even kids took part in the cleanup, and were enthusiastic volunteers.

For the Turtles

The cleanup was done in preparation for the upcoming turtle nesting season, which runs from May to September. The Conservancy runs a turtle monitoring program at Kawaʽaloa, which is a popular nesting site for green sea turtles.

Almost Pau 

Many hands made for light work.  With over 100 volunteers, the cleanup was completed in three hours.

Bagged Trash

All of trash that is taken off Molokaʽi’s coastlines is shipped to Oʻahu and the West Coast, where the hard plastics that don’t’ break down are recycled. The non-recyclable trash is burned for power.

A Clean Beach

Everyone agreed that Kawaʽaloa Beach looks beautiful when there is no rubbish.

Mahalo to  Our Volunteers!

The volunteer turnout for the event was the best yet.  It attracted people from all over. A group from Maui came over on their boat to help.  Another couple flew over from Kauaʽi. There were also a bunch of folks from the West Coast, New York, and even Germany, who were on Molokaʽi when they heard about the event. 

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