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Coast to Coast Cleanup this Weekend at Keālia and Waiehu

September 23, 2014, 12:55 PM HST
* Updated September 23, 1:01 PM
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Netting found washed up onshore at Waiehu Beach. 2012 file photo by Wendy Osher.

Netting found washed up onshore at Waiehu Beach. 2012 file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A two day “Coast to Coast Cleanup” event takes place this weekend at two Maui beaches as part of Mālama Maui Nui’s month-long “Get the Drift and Bag it” campaign.

The first cleanup, hosted by the Maui Huliau Foundation, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Keālia in North Kīhei.

Interested participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the Keālia boardwalk on the beach on North Kīhei Road.

Organizers say the cleanup area includes important turtle nesting and wetland habitat.

Kealia, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Kealia, file photo by Wendy Osher.

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The second cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Kaʻehu coastal area of Waiehu.  The event is part of the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund’s monthly cleanup effort and will include the removal and research of marine debris that has washed ashore.  Participants are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the end of Kukona Place.

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Both cleanups are open to participants of all ages and cleanup supplies will be provided.  Participants should bring a water bottle to refill and sun protection.

Maui Huliau can help with transportation for youth ages 12-18 who want to participate in either or both cleanups. Youth can also earn service points through Maui Huliau’s Huliau Youth Leaders program.

Details can be obtained by calling (808) 757-2100.

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