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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.



Whereve
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





From September 1 - 30th, 2014, support B.E.A.C.H. by making donations at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms throughout Hawai`i by using your Maika`i card and our number: 78767 (or let the cashier know the donation is for B.E.A.C.H.). All donations made using the Maika`i card number will be matched by Foodland.

B.E.A.C.H.'s donation code: 78767
Frequently asked questions
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String and braided style bracelets

Pura Vida Bracelets has included B.E.A.C.H. in their Charity Collection - Enviro-Causes. They have made B.E.A.C.H. beautiful string style, platinum style, and braided style bracelets as well as an anklet. B.E.A.C.H. receives $1 for each string bracelet & anklet, $2 for each platinum and $3 for each braided style bracelet sold. Through their Charity Collection, Pura Vida gives back to charities around the world through the sale of individual charity bracelets. Thank you Pura Vida Bracelets! Click on the link for more information including how to order.





Photo: © James Watt
Support Bill 38 to ban plastic bags

Bill 38 will ban all plastic checkout bags including bags labelled "biodegradable".  Although Honolulu City Council already passed a plastic bag ban in 2012, it will allow bags labelled "biodegradable" to be used. This is problematic because these bags are not biodegradable and the word "biodegradable" is being misused.  The bags are made of plastic with the addition of an additive.  This additive makes the bag appear to break down into pieces as the additive breaks down, but the rest of the bag does not as plastic is not biodegradable.  Plastic lasts forever. 

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i has been at the forefront of the effort to educate the public in Hawai`i about the harm caused by plastic bags to sea turtles and marine life and has led the way in providing and encouraging people to use reusable bags. B.E.A.C.H. helped the first grocery store in Hawai`i to go plastic bag free, and supported interisland, local and state bills to ban plastic bags. B.E.A.C.H.'s plastic bag reduction campaign has been ongoing since 2007.

Is your biodegradable bag the real deal? by Lara Yamada of KITV4 News, Monday 5th May, 2014. Includes interview with Suzanne Frazer, Co-Founder of B.E.A.C.H.

Bill 38, Plastic Bag Ban, Hawai`i Public Radio, Friday 9th May, 2014.
Suzanne Frazer, Co-Founder of B.E.A.C.H. is interviewed by Beth-Ann Kozlovich of HPR on the plastic bag ban.



LANA`I, MAUI AND MOLOKA`I BEACHES AND PARKS ARE NOW SMOKE-FREE
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.






Special gift for new and renewing B.E.A.C.H. members
Save sea turtles and use organic cotton mesh bags for fruit and vegetables - set of 3 (medium, large, extra large)

Thank you to Simple Ecology for supporting B.E.A.C.H. membership by donating sets of reusable organic cotton mesh bags.


Make a difference this Earth Day 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 or visit B.E.A.C.H. one of these events.



Recognition from K.C.C. Service Learning
B.E.A.C.H. Co-Founders Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki received the very first Change Agent Cup Award from the Kapiolani Community College Service Learning and Sustainability Program at the K.C.C. faculty convocation on Thursday 9th January, 2014. The award was given in recognition of the positive, educational experiences B.E.A.C.H. provides as a service learning placement and for all the work that Dean and Suzanne did on the smoke-free beaches and parks implementation and educational materials. This new award will be given annually by K.C.C. to a faculty member or community partner that demonstrates the qualities of a change agent.



NEW SMOKE-FREE BEACHES AND PARKS STARTING 1/1/2014!
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.





B.E.A.C.H. receives Awesome Foundation Grant


Donna Ambrose from the Awesome Foundation O`ahu (right) presents B.E.A.C.H. co-founders Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki with the $1000 grant.

Midweek article

The Awesome Foundation O`ahu has selected Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i as the recipient of their September grant. The $1000 grant was presented on Saturday 5th October, 2013 to B.E.A.C.H. co-founders Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki by Donna Ambrose of the Awesome Foundation. The foundation gives $1000 grants every month to worthy, awesome, action-orientated projects that make an immediate and positive impact on O`ahu. B.E.A.C.H. will be using the grant for a recycling bins for beaches project. The money will be used to purchase supplies and tools for making and securing the bins at beaches and signs.

Thank you to the Awesome Foundation O`ahu for supporting recycling bins for beach parks.




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 to see the video.

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. receives MACZAC award

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i received the 2nd Annual MACZAC Douglas Tom "Thumbs-Up" Award from the Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council (MACZAC).  The award was presented to B.E.A.C.H. representatives Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki by MACZAC member Kimbal Thompson on Tuesday 21st May, 2013. The award recognizes organizations that preserve and protect Hawai`i’s marine and coastal environment and actively engages the community, especially youth.
Kimbal Thompson (right) from MACZAC presented the award to B.E.A.C.H. represented by Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki.

B.E.A.C.H. Gets A "Thumbs Up", Midweek, East O`ahu News, Wednesday 7th August, 2013



SAVE SEA TURTLES - USE ORGANIC COTTON PRODUCE BAGS

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
here.

B.E.A.C.H. is offering a free gift of a set of 3 reusable cotton produce bags as a membership gift this year for new and renewing members. For the membership form and information, click here.



Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki, B.E.A.C.H. Co-Founders, receive award

Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki, Co-Founders of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i received the 2012 Astrid and Donald Monson Community Action Award from the League of Women Voters of Honolulu Education Fund at an award celebration in Waikiki on Sunday 10th February, 2013. The award was given to Suzanne and Dean for their outstanding community service and contributions to protecting Hawai`i's environment and marine life.
Helen Griffin (centre) from the League of Women Voters of Honolulu made the presentation of the award to Suzanne Frazer (left) and Dean Otsuki (right)

"Midweek article on B.E.A.C.H. co-founders, Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki", Midweek, Wednesday 17th April, 2013



SAVE SEA BIRDS - USE REUSABLE UTENSIL SETS


Photo: © Robert Shallenberger
NEW COLOURS NOW AVAILABLE
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 from B.E.A.C.H. and Kale's Natural Foods at the Hawai`i Kai shopping center and make great gifts. Click here for more information.



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 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.



SAVE SEA BIRDS - RECYCLE PLASTIC CAPS AND LIDS


Photo: © Robert Shallenberger

Plastic Caps and Lids Recycling
Click here for more information on recycling your plastic caps and lids to help save sea birds.




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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