[ENVIRONMENTAL] Matt Lane wants to clean the beach. He’ll start by combing the area from Mala Ramp down to Puamana park in Lahaina. But he needs your help.
Volunteers can gather at Kamehameha Beach Park at 505 Front Street to help clean the rubbish that clutters our beautiful beach. Groups of 10 to 20 will be leaving from the park about every hour to clean different areas of the shore. And organizations like Hui O Wa’a Kaulua, the canoe club at 505, Surfrider Foundation, the Surf news network, Huliau, the organization of the seven surf schools of Lahaina, and various others have donated time and money to help bring people down to help.
Surfing Magazine is sponsoring Lahaina’s event as one of its many summer solstice projects. A future issue of the magazine will be featuring a 12-page story about this summer’s different activities and beach clean-ups that will take place all over the world. Billabong, Von Zipper and the Surfrider Foundation are also co-sponsoring by donating shirts and other giveaways for volunteers.
Food and beverages will be served during the clean-up and a BBQ will follow the event from 4 until 6 p.m. Then there’s an after party at the Hard Rock Cafe with free admission if you participate in the beach sweep. Otherwise, there’s a $6 charge if you don’t.
At the party, the John Moore Project will rock an acoustic set and Sirrus B from Paia groove for the rest of the night. They’ll also be showing Intervisions, a 30-minute surf documentary on the search for the new surfing hot spots around the world, on the big screen behind the stage. And Wayne-O, from Maui Surfboards, has donated a surfboard that will be raffled off to some lucky volunteer, along with door prizes from Rip Curl and Local Motion.
Get the time off to come down to the beach and have a positive impact on the ecology of Lahaina’s shoreline. Kokua with your neighbors, have a great time by the water then party like a rock star. It’s all in a good day’s work. [GABRIELLE POCCIA]