The overcast and rainy weather did not dissuade 50 volunteers from boarding TRILOGY I and heading out across the channel to Manele Bay. On the journey over to Lana’i, we were lucky to encounter a pod of spinner dolphins.
Waiehu Beach is known as one of the dirtiest beaches on Maui. Due to the direction it faces, trash continuously washes up on shore. Especially micro plastics. Micro plastics are generally the size of a penny or smaller. Our volunteers managed to get 5 bags full of trash raining in size from micro plastic to large fishing nets which had to be cut free.
Though some may not think of Mala Wharf as the most exciting place to snorkel much less conduct a cleanup, it should not be overlooked. The once bustling pier was destroyed by hurricane Iniki, leaving a dock that today serves as an artificial reef. Turtles, reef sharks, tropical fish and more flourish at the site, making it and important location to maintain.
While not known for an excessive amount of trash, Kahekili Reef is distressed and in poor condition. The focus of this Blue'Aina was more on awareness and snorkeling with "reef health" in mind.
The March event was special for several reasons, but two highlights stood out: We welcomed aboard a large portion of new participants and as an added treat, we were honored to host the film crew from Xploration Awesome Planet as they chose to highlight Trilogy’s Conservation efforts in one of their upcoming Fall episodes.
Lahaina harbor attracts thousands of people on a daily basis; some who do not share the same values for the ‘aina (land). Malama ‘Aina, is a deep rooted Hawaiian value which means to care for and nurture the land so it may provide for us and future generations.
Our second October Blue’Aina reef cleanup was unique- we met our volunteers at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and boarded Trilogy Elua directly on the beach, after volunteers checked in and did their kokua of quickly cleaning the beach of debris.
Though rain threatened in the morning, Trilogy’s Blue ‘Aina Campaign’s October 4th reef clean up managed to find a sunny window of time to malama our reefs. New volunteers and regulars alike joined us on Sunday morning in Lahaina Harbor, ready to dedicate their morning to cleaning a Maui nearshore reef of marine debris.
Marine debris is a problem that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Fortunately, there are people that are willing to do something about it. As a part of International Coastal Cleanup, the Blue ‘Aina Campaign hosted an underwater reef clean up at Mala Wharf on Sunday, September 20th, with 60 volunteers.
Despite worries about another Pacific tropical storm, Trilogy’s Blue ‘Aina Campaign’s August reef clean up happened on a calm, beautiful day. New volunteers and regulars alike joined us on Sunday morning in Lahaina Harbor, ready to dedicate their morning to cleaning a Maui nearshore reef of marine debris.
It was a busy morning on May 3rd in Lahaina! We had a boat filled to the brim with 58 wonderful volunteers passionate about ocean and island conservation, and ready for a day of fun out on the water. The volunteers took care of a harbor clean up bright and early before we boarded, making sure to stop marine debris before it even gets a chance to enter the water. On our quick cruise over to Mala Wharf, we got an introduction to each other, a safety briefing from Captain Jason, and a tasty energy boost from hot mugs of coffee and Mama Coon’s famous cinnamon rolls.
It was an ideal day to do our underwater reef clean up at Mala Wharf - good visibility, not too much swell, and we had lots of watermen and women on board ready to do some free-diving in search of fishing line wrapped around the reef, old cans and bottles, and other human refuse that has made its way into our coral reefs. Katie gave us all some good pointers on how to make sure to leave the reef cleaner and healthier than we found it and how to safely remove fishing line from coral heads. Once everyone was geared up, the “pool” was open and we had our ocean stewards doing their kuleana. Snorkelers made sure to enjoy the clear water, interesting structure of Mala Wharf, and kept their eyes peeled for marine life- some white tip reef sharks were spotted as well as Hawaiian green sea turtles.
Our volunteers had a great haul- lots of old looking monofilament, fishing lures and even a car battery were removed from the ocean!
Once everyone was back on board, we were ready to enjoy a lunch donated by Trilogy of wraps, pasta salad, fresh fruit salad, chips and salsa and chocolate chip cookies. As we fueled up we got a chance to learn more about Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership from Andrea Buckman, and about the Maui Huliau Foundation from Malia Cahill. Hawaiian Paddle Sports told us about the water adventures they offer and what motivates them to be an environmentally responsible business. Volunteers from NOAA had measured water chemistry, and so that was recorded along with data from our manta trawl. We take a plankton sample every Blue'Aina trip to measure the amount of microplastics masquerading as plankton, in collaboration with Algalita Marine Lab in Long Beach, CA.
This plankton sample found an unexpected catch- a juvenile cowfish! After acting as photo model, he was released back in the water column where he was found.
Many thanks to Katie, who is concentrating on captaining with Trilogy after next Blue'Aina trip. E komo mai to our new Conservation and Education Director, Kelly Montenero, who will be coordinating Blue'Aina in the future. She comes to us with a Masters of Science in Marine Affairs and Policy, much boating experience and a passion for enjoying and conserving our ocean playground here in Hawaii!
What better way to celebrate earth day then to spend the day cleaning the earth! The morning started on Kaanapali beach as friends and volunteers gathered to clean the beach of cigarette butts, plastic bottles and any other tourist trash that could be found. After beach cleaning all the way up to black rock, the volunteers and sponsors gathered together and loaded onto Trilogy Elua. After a quick safety briefing from captain Caleb, we set off to snorkel and clean the cliffhouse reef.
After arriving at cliffhouse and securely mooring the Elua, the volunteers decided to divide and conquer, one group for the land and the other for the water. With mesh bags and scissors they set off to collect any garbage they could find. While the group snorkeled and searched for trash, Lealani's prepared the lunch that they donated to the cause! An Incredible salad with Kula greens and rainbow carrots and wraps.
During lunch, the volunteers found a spot to sit and learn more about The Fairmont Kea Lani and The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. Jaisy, from the Fairmont, shared with us about the fairmont's commitment to the environment and ecosystem. She shared the Fairmont's vision to "embraces environmentally sustainable business practices and continues to seek new ways to proactively green our operations" To learn more about the Fairmont and their commitment to the environment, click here.
Hannah from the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project shared about her love and passion for the project. The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is driven by science and dedicated to the conservation of Hawaii's native forest ecosystems. It was Formed in 1997, with the mission to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui's endangered birds and to restore their habitats through research, development, and application of conservation techniques. To get involved and learn more about this important cause, click here.
Mahalo to a new member of our Blue'Aina team! Kelly joined us and spent the day at the University Of Hawai'i Maui at our Blue'Aina booth.