Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) is
an all volunteer, non-profit organization that brings awareness and solutions to the
problem of marine debris on Hawai`i's beaches through:

  • Environmental Education
  • Marine Debris Removal and Research
  • Plastic Reduction and Litter Prevention Campaigns

in order to inspire actions by individuals and the community that will reduce and prevent plastic marine debris resulting in protection for Hawai`i's marine life, sea birds and the ocean/coastal environment.

Visit our About B.E.A.C.H. page for more information.

r you are in the world, you can help us with this international problem of marine debris by becoming a member of B.E.A.C.H. today - click here for more information
or click on the link below to make a donation to support B.E.A.C.H. projects to save and protect Hawai`i's marine life, sea birds and ocean/coastal environment.


B.E.A.C.H. will have an educational booth at the following Earth Month events:

AECOM Earth Day Expo
Thursday 6th April, 2017, 11am - 1pm
Bishop Square, Downtown Honolulu
Earth Day Celebration at Honolulu Zoo
Saturday 22nd April, 2017, 10am - 2pm
Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki

Pearlridge Farmers' Market
Saturday 8th April, 8am - 12 noon
98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea
Earth Day Celebration at Banan
Saturday 22nd April, 2017, 3pm - 6pm
1810 University Avenue, Manoa

Kaka`ako Farmers' Market
Saturday 15th April, 8am - 12 noon
Auahi Street, Ward Warehouse
Kapolei Farmers' Market
Wednesday 26th April, 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Centre Court, Ka Makana Ali`i S.C.
91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei

UH Manoa Earth Day Fair
Wednesday 19th April, 2017,
10am - 2pm, UH Manoa
Pearlridge Farmers' Market
Saturday 29th April, 8am - 12 noon
98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea

Earth Fest at Kaiser High School
Friday 21st April, 2017, 1:30pm - 5pm
Kaiser High School,
Lunalilo Home Road, Hawai`i Kai
KailuaTown Farmers' Market
Sunday 30th April, 8:30am - 12 noon
Kailua Elementary School, 315 Kuulei Road, Kailua

Join B.E.A.C.H. today and receive Hawai`i' Medicinals' organic Body Block sunscreen as your new membership gift

Reef safe, chemical free and plastic free packaging
is partnering with Hawai`i Medicinals, a local business that makes products to heal and protect your skin. Body Block sunscreen is made with traditional Hawaiian plant medicine and organic ingredients.

Other membership gift options include reusable bamboo utensil sets, Pura Vida bracelets, drawstring unbleached organic cotton mesh produce bags, and glass straw sets. For photos and membership form, please visit our membership page

Plastic bag bill doesn't close loopholes

Bill 59 was supposed to close up the loopholes in the current plastic bag ban, but is now about charging fees for all plastic and paper bags which will do nothing to change the problem of plastic bags getting into the environment and harming endangered sea turtles.

click here for more information

Photo: ABC Store thick plastic bag in Ala Wai small boat harbour.

Buy a gift that makes a difference
Ocean friendly gifts such as B.E.A.C.H. reusable stainless steel water bottles, glass straws, reusable bamboo utensils sets and reusable organic cotton shopping and produce bags make great gifts for family and friends.

Vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles by Fifty/Fifty Stainless steel bottles by Pura Glass straws by
Glass Dharma

bamboo utensil sets Reusable organic cotton produce bags Reusable organic cotton shopping bags (sold out)

Please click on the support page for more information.

Volunteer opportunity sorting marine debris
B.E.A.C.H. welcomes volunteers 12 years and older to help sort and research marine debris in Kaneohe. Volunteers can help on any day from Monday to Sunday, anytime between 7am - 12 noon and 1pm - 5:30pm. No experience needed, training will be provided.

Please call 393 2168 for more information.
(see flyer)

Plastic microbeads banned in personal care products

President Obama signed the bill banning plastic microbeads in personal care products nationwide. The ban will be phased in over 2 years starting on July 1st, 2017. The new law bans all plastic microbeads in personal care products and does not allow a loophole for "biodegradable" plastic microbeads. This is a great victory for the marine environment and marine life. Click here for news story.

Are you using personal care products wiith plastic microbeads? click here for more information about how plastic microbeads are polluting the oceans.

Microplastic found overwhelming our oceans, KITV4 News, Friday 24th April, 2015

Funny, but serious movie about plastic microbeads

Sam Suds, animated cartoon about PVC - polyvinyl chloride, number 3 plastic, the poison plastic. For more information about PVC click here.

Governor Ige signed House Bill 525 banning smoking & tobacco at all state parks

Photo of Makena State Park: © Suzanne Frazer
Friday, 19th June, 2015, Governor Ige signed HB525 into law banning smoking and tobacco products at all Hawai`i State Parks. The law takes effect on 1st July, 2015. Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i brought the need for a law to ban smoking in state parks to the attention of Representative Cindy Evans who then introduced HB525. B.E.A.C.H. provided written and spoken testimony in strong support of the bill throughout the hearings as well collecting thousands of cigarette butts from state parks. Click here for more information

Join B.E.A.C.H. & receive a glass straw set

Thank you to Glass Dharma for supporting B.E.A.C.H. membership by donating glass straws. Click here for more information about the glass straw sets.

Use glass straws & reduce your plastic footprint, one sip at a time
B.E.A.C.H. is giving away beautiful glass straw sets (includes cleaning brush and a hemp
sleeve) as this year's membership gift when you join B.E.A.C.H. today. Plastic straws are
one of the top ten items littered and B.E.A.C.H. is bringing awareness to this problem by
providing a solution through encouraging the use of glass straws.

Make a difference by joining B.E.A.C.H. 100% of donations help bring awareness and
solutions to plastic marine debris in Hawai`i. To become a member or renew your
membership, see our membership page.

B.E.A.C.H. partners with City and County of Honolulu on recycling bins for beaches

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i is one of the first organizations to partner with the City and County of Honolulu's Recycling Program to help make and place wire recycling bins at beach parks.

This project was featured on KITV 4 News "Going Green" segment of the 6pm news on Monday 5th August, 2013.

Click here for information about the project.
B.E.A.C.H. volunteers holding recycling bins they made at a training workshop Monday.

City's HI-5 Recycling Program Goes DIY, Hawai`i Public Radio, Monday 12th August, 2013

Finally, recycling bins, The Green Leaf , Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Monday 19th August, 2013

B.E.A.C.H. Marine Debris Solutions Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida Bracelets has included B.E.A.C.H. in their Charity Collection - Enviro-Causes. They have made beautiful B.E.A.C.H. original style, platinum style, and braided style bracelets as well as an anklet. Each bracelet is hand-made and is 100% waterproof and the size can be adjusted with the slip knot. 

Through their Charity Collection, Pura Vida Bracelets gives back to charities around the world through the sale of individual charity bracelets. Pura Vida gives B.E.A.C.H. 10% of net profits for each B.E.A.C.H. bracelet and anklet sold. Thank you Pura Vida Bracelets for sponsoring B.E.A.C.H!


photo: © Ron Prendergast
photo: © B.E.A.C.H.

B.E.A.C.H. is continuing to raise awareness of the harm of plastic bags to sea turtles and is providing a solution to this problem through encouraging use of reusable cotton produce bags in addition to reusable shopping bags. For more information about this plastic bag reduction campaign, click

Bill 24 banning tobacco use at all Maui County beaches and parks passed the final reading on Earth Day and was signed into law by the Acting Mayor on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014 making all county beaches and parks on Lana`i, Maui and Moloka`i smoke-free and tobacco-free immediately. Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i provided written and spoken testimony in strong support of this bill. This is the 3rd county in Hawai`i that B.E.A.C.H. has helped get a smoking ban on all beaches and parks. Click here for more information on the new law.


Photo: © Robert Shallenberger
Reusable Bamboo Utensil Sets
Help protect Hawai`i's sea birds by using reusable utensils instead of plastic ones.

B.E.A.C.H. resuable bamboo utensil sets are now available and make great gifts. Click here for more information.

On O`ahu, all City and County of Honolulu beaches and parks are now smoke-free!!
Enjoy the cleaner, healthier beaches. For more information on the new law and educational materials click here.

Radiation and marine debris

All of the marine debris that Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) uses for educational purposes was collected well before the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan and does not have radiation. Also all of the marine debris that B.E.A.C.H. volunteers are sorting was collected prior to September 2012 when the first items of tsunami debris were found in Hawai`i.

Unfortunately there has been no testing for radiation by the Hawai`i State Department of Health (the department responsible for monitoring radiation) on the beaches on O`ahu and Hawai`i islands that are known for the largest accumulations of marine debris on those islands and there's been no testing at all on any beach on the islands of Lana`i, Moloka`i, Ni`ihau and Kaho`olawe (which also have beaches that accumulate marine debris). Therefore there is no information on radiation for these beaches. Any item on beaches that accumulate marine debris can have radiation.

To learn more about the issues concerning radiation from Japan, please click here.

Sundance Film Festival

Brita Filter For Good Film Project winner, January 2011: "Plastic Tide"
Short film about the problem of marine debris in Hawai`i interviewing B.E.A.C.H. co-founder Suzanne Frazer at Kahuku Beach.

"Bag It" documentary
Award winning film about plastic shopping bags, single use disposable plastic products, plastic in our oceans, environment and how chemicals from plastic end up in our bodies. Click here for a screening near you.

"Salty Sandcrab" webcomic (click below)

Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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