Hawaii Mom Blog: Sea Life Park Community Beach Cleanup Day April 21






April 11, 2018

Sea Life Park Community Beach Cleanup Day April 21

In celebration of Earth Day and the beloved islands we call home, Sea Life Park will be hosting its annual community beach cleanup directly across from the Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The first 100 beach cleanup participants to register and lend their kokua in keeping Hawaii’s shoreline pristine will be granted free admission to the Park’s Earth Day festivities. All other registered beach cleanup participants will be treated to 50 percent off park admission. 

In addition to the beach cleanup, Sea Life Park has partnered with Mālama Na Honu to encourage community members to learn more about its important conservation efforts and to witness two Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles released into the ocean. Students from Mālama Honua Public Charter School will join in the community celebration by being a part of naming the sea turtles. The official names for the honu will be announced in the days leading up to the release event.

In commemoration of Earth Day and the Park’s longstanding tradition of sustainability, Sea Life Park will abstain from selling or providing single-use plastics on property. 

“For over 15 years, we are proud to say that Sea Life Park has not carried plastic lids or straws as single-use plastics are the ocean environment’s largest and most hazardous types of debris in our waters,” said Valerie King, General Manager of Sea Life Park. “We believe it is our responsibility to educate others about this ongoing issue and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to give back to our local community for their support in these conservation efforts. It is imperative we all do our part to ensure our treasured marine life including honu can thrive in a nurturing environment by educating the community about these amazing creatures and how they can protect them.”

The schedule of events surrounding Sea Life Park’s Earth Day celebration will consist of the following: 
  • 8:30a.m. – Start of Beach Cleanup at Kaupo Bay
  • 11:30 a.m. – Hawaiian Blessing and Honu Release
  • 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Activities in the park including Mahalo music and Fun 

The Park’s Education team along with Honu Guardian Volunteers from Mālama Na Honu will be onsite throughout the day to provide information about the honu and to encourage keiki to learn more about keeping its reef environment clean. Sea Life Park’s Green Sea Turtle breeding program has contributed to the resurgence of honu in the Hawaiian waters. Over 16,000 green sea turtle hatchlings have been released from the Park’s adult population. 

Earth Day festivities at the Park will include a mahalo celebration for the community’s help featuring music, craft beer, as well as fun and educational activities from community groups committed to raising awareness to the effects of single-use plastics on marine life.
Cleanup volunteers are asked to bring their own bucket instead of plastic bags to store trash, as well as gloves and other protective equipment.  

For free admission, participants must R.S.V.P. by April 20 and check-in with the SLP Education team at the beach cleanup site. For discounted admission, participants must check-in on the day of the beach cleanup. 

To register for the beach cleanup and for more information on Sea Life Park, please call (808) 259-2500 or visit sealifeparkhawaii.com

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