Mahalo for taking part in Surfrider’s 2nd Annual Hawaii Chapters Conference and the first-ever Rise Above Plastics Party at the Waikiki Aquarium! After months of planning and organizing for the Conference and Party, you can tell everyone worked hard during the day and partied hard that night!
We have come along way since our first HI Chapters Conference at the YMCA campground in Mokuleia a year and a half ago! We reorganized and reinvigorated the Maui and Kona Kai Ea chapters, we formed a new Surfrider Club at UH Manoa and are in the process of starting a new chapter in Hilo! We have grown and brought in new activists who are committed to protecting our coasts. There is more to be done, and we are looking forward to
working with you all to keep up the good fight for clean water, beach access and responsible coastal development.
Rise Above Plastics continues to be our most popular campaign here in Hawaii and across the country, and each chapter has done great work educating the public about plastic marine pollution, showing screenings of the new film “Bag It” and encouraging people to reduce the proliferation of single-use plastic bags and bottles. The Kauai and Maui Chapters helped pass county bans on plastic bags, and despite differences of opinion, most of the chapters support the new bill (SB1363), which would keep those bans in place and impose a $.10 fee on all single-use plastic and paper bags across the state. SB1363 just passed out of the Finance Committee hearings this past week and now goes to Conference Committee and onto a final floor vote. If it passes, Hawaii will become the first in the country to pass a statewide law to reduce the waste and pollution caused by single-use plastic and papers bags.
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