Keeping North Shore Beaches Clean

Posted in Environment, Surfing on August 14th, 2009

If you’ve ever been to Oahu’s North Shore, then you know just how beautiful and amazing it can be. The great efforts of hundreds of volunteers go into keeping this land beautiful for all to enjoy.

Today I (@VBrown) had the opportunity to volunteer some time in support of the continued Keep America Beautiful “Great American Coastal Clean Up” campaign, which is coordinated by Adopt a Beach Hawaii, Sea Turtles International, and Save a Life. We conducted the cleanup in a joint effort representing the U.S. Navy in the tradition of giving back to the community in which we live and serve. It was a great day out and one worth while at that. During our cleanup today, the majority of the trash we found was cigarette butts, bottle caps, glass, and trash from fast food restaurants. This is a matter that we as global citizens can help to reduce through education, awareness, and actively identifying trash during our visits to these wonderful places. One person alone can’t do it all, but together we can make a difference in keeping our beaches clean.

Below is a small sample of trash items and the amount that 218 volunteers collected from 5 beaches over 7 events on Oahu’s North Shore during the 3rd Annual Keep America Beautiful “Great American Coastal Clean Up” which took place from March 1 to May 31, 2009 (THREE MONTHS).

  • 15,476 Pounds of litter disposed of.
  • 53,221 Cigarettes & Butts “painfully” picked up!
  • 9,339 Items picked up relating to recreational beach activities and visitors.
  • 1,408 Bottle caps and lids.
  • 1,440 Pieces of broken glass.
  • 507 Ocean activities items.
  • 113 Fishing lines.
  • 51 Fishing lures.
  • 76 Fishing nets.
  • 96 Pounds of lead weights found under water.

In keeping with KAB guidelines, numbers were calculated using a system where a recorder writes down the trash item discovered when it is being picked up. Records are maintained for scientific data and participating volunteer rosters and all records are archived for future study. Years of records are on file to date.


Beach Project

Chun’s Reef, North Shore Beach Clean Ups are the last Saturday of every month @ Noon!

For more information on clean up efforts on the North Shore of Oahu, please visit http://www.adoptabeachhawaii.org or call 808-637-2211


One of The Beautiful Beaches We Work Hard To Keep Clean


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Take a Walk Outside of Waikiki: Kapahulu Dining Adventures

Posted in Food & Dining on April 13th, 2009

Hungry for new experiences and tasty treats? Are you staying in the Waikiki area and tired of lounging on the beach? Maybe it’s time to venture out and try something different. Take off for a walk down Kapahulu Street and experience tastes that will take you around the world. Kapahulu between Kalakaua and the H1 freeway is packed with unique and interesting restaurants.

Start at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki and head north (towards the mountains) on Kapahulu Street. Parking is limited so my advice is to set out on foot to explore this mile long strip. Not only will you get a chance to stretch your legs, you will take in more of the local flavors. Most of the dining spots are Mom and Pop shops where the service is personable and food is reasonably priced. One of President Obama’s favorite stops for local food is located along here, can you guess which one it is?

Your adventure will take you around the globe. The variety of dining options include local ono (good) Hawaiian specialties like plate lunches, pupus (small samplers), pork sandwiches and shave ice. Asian foods include sushi, pho (Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced ‘fuh’), ramen (Japanese noodles) and tempura. Mediterranean dishes like hummus and stuffed grape leaves are accompanied by colorful dancers. Mexican dinners both filling and satisfying can be ordered spicy or mild. You can even find American fare like giant burgers and fries.

Save room for dessert at one of the bakeries along the way. Chocolate cake and baklava are two of my weaknesses. Don’t miss the warm malasadas right out of the oven, the cinnamon sugar variety are my personal favorite. The line may be long but it moves quickly.

Take yourself on an adventure and stroll down this strip of Kapahulu…

About this guest blogger:
April M. Williams is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and a great friend of 808Talk.

Learn more about April by visiting her at the websites below.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Twitter http://twitter.com/AprilMWilliams
Blog http://cyberlifetutors.com/blog.html


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Take a Walk Outside of Waikiki: Kapahulu Dining Adventures

Posted in Food & Dining on April 13th, 2009

Hungry for new experiences and tasty treats? Are you staying in the Waikiki area and tired of lounging on the beach? Maybe it’s time to venture out and try something different. Take off for a walk down Kapahulu Street and experience tastes that will take you around the world. Kapahulu between Kalakaua and the H1 freeway is packed with unique and interesting restaurants.

Start at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki and head north (towards the mountains) on Kapahulu Street. Parking is limited so my advice is to set out on foot to explore this mile long strip. Not only will you get a chance to stretch your legs, you will take in more of the local flavors. Most of the dining spots are Mom and Pop shops where the service is personable and food is reasonably priced. One of President Obama’s favorite stops for local food is located along here, can you guess which one it is?

Your adventure will take you around the globe. The variety of dining options include local ono (good) Hawaiian specialties like plate lunches, pupus (small samplers), pork sandwiches and shave ice. Asian foods include sushi, pho (Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced ‘fuh’), ramen (Japanese noodles) and tempura. Mediterranean dishes like hummus and stuffed grape leaves are accompanied by colorful dancers. Mexican dinners both filling and satisfying can be ordered spicy or mild. You can even find American fare like giant burgers and fries.

Save room for dessert at one of the bakeries along the way. Chocolate cake and baklava are two of my weaknesses. Don’t miss the warm malasadas right out of the oven, the cinnamon sugar variety are my personal favorite. The line may be long but it moves quickly.

Take yourself on an adventure and stroll down this strip of Kapahulu…

About this guest blogger:
April M. Williams is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and a great friend of 808Talk.

Learn more about April by visiting her at the websites below.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Twitter http://twitter.com/AprilMWilliams
Blog http://cyberlifetutors.com/blog.html


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