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On Sunday, Jan. 12, from 10 AM-12 PM, in multiple locations, students from all Maui County High Schools will be combing Maui County beaches in search of cigarette butts. Led by the Maui District Student Council Organization (MDSCO), and partnership with Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawai’i, Sustainable Coastlines, Surfrider Foundation Maui, and Community Work Day/Malama Maui Nui, this event is a chance for students and adults to take care of Maui, and to document precisely how cigarette butts are infiltrating Maui Beaches.

This is grass roots, student-driven activism, with an eye on using this information to educate the Public and the County Council on the number one item found at Beach Cleanups: Cigarette butts. This is a one time action intended to shape positive policy that will minimize the presence of cigarette butts on County Parks & Beaches.

Volunteers may bring gloves, small collection bags, and a water bottle.  Sponsoring agencies will provide a limited number of gloves and collection bags, as well as snacks and water.

Cleanups will occur at the following locations.  Some High Schools have already committed to clean certain beaches.:

1. Ho’okipa Beach Park: Central Maui

2. Baldwin Beach: Central Maui (Baldwin High School)

3. Kahului Boat Harbor Central Maui

4. Hanakao’o Beach (Canoe Beach): West Maui (Maui Preparatory Academy)

5. Olowalu Beach: West Maui (Lahainaluna High School)

6. Kihei: Sugar Beach South Maui

Follow-up action will occur on Monday, Jan. 13, when students and leaders from around the island will convene from 3:30-4:30 PM at the County Administration building tally cigarette butts and present findings to the Public and the County Council.  In conjunction with this action, Mayor Arakawa’s office will issue a Proclamation in support of “Butts Off Our Beaches” day on Maui.  The Public is invited to attend this event to show support for student efforts to advocate for a Smoking Ban at Maui County Beaches and Parks.

For more information, contact volunteercoordinator@maui.surfrider.org

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