March 13, 2019 2 min read
Where are you from?
How do you push for a better tomorrow?
For the last three years I have volunteered with the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation to help spread awareness of the reality of plastic pollution. Through beach cleanups, classroom presentations, and tabling at events, I hope to inspire our island community to reduce its plastic footprint to protect our oceans. Over the summer, Kokua Hawai'i Foundation sent me to New Orleans to attend the Ocean Hero's Bootcamp. This was an incredible opportunity for me to meet other individuals and groups working to solve plastic pollution and to be inspired by them.
What single-use plastic do you refuse?
Styrofoam!! Plastic water bottles, bags, utensils, and straws. I'm still working on reducing the plastic in my fridge and pantry from food packaging.
What are you passionate about?
The enjoyment and protection of the ocean.
How do you inspire others to care about our oceans?
I recently organized and hosted a panel discussion and film screening event in my community. Over 300 people came to learn about the reality of our dying coral reefs (coral bleaching) and what we can do to protect them. Chasing Coral is an excellent documentary on Netflix about this topic.
What is your favorite ocean activity?
Surfing and Kitesurfing
What is your favorite quote?
"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it" - Robert Swan
What organizations do you like to volunteer for?
Kokua Hawai'i Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i
What do you see the most of during beach cleanups?
Microplastics, bottle caps, and fishing nets
Anything else you would like to share?
When I am riding my Bureo Ahi, I am stoked to know that what could have been causing destruction in our ocean in instead under my feet causing nothing but joy.
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