The focus of this Blue’Aina was to learn about humpback whale research in Maui waters.
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.