UPDATE: Surfrider Maui is currently working with Maui-based organizations on the Ocean Friendly Restaurants Initiative to help local restaurants reduce single-use plastics (like straws, Styrofoam food containers, and bottled water). Check out the Ocean Friendly Restaurants Hawaii website to stay up-to-date with current legislation and ways you can get involved.
“Rise Above Plastics” – known as “RAP” for short – is a national Surfrider campaign designed to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about plastic pollution and advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics.
Surfrider Maui was a key player in Maui’s ban on single-use, plastic grocery bags, which went into effect January 2011. We are excited to announce that, as of July 1, 2015, Hawai’i became the first state to ban plastic bags at the point of sale. We encourage you to help your city or county take after Hawai’i’s example and help eliminate single-use plastic bags where you live.
In 2014 Maui County passed a bill outlawing the use of tobacco products at all Maui County beaches and parks. The law is designed not only to enhance the health quality of public spaces, but also decrease the amount of cigarette butts littered in the environment. Learn more about Maui Chapter’s Butts Off the Beach campaign.