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Celebrate 30 years of ‘Baggin’ It!’ during major global cleanup effort

By Staff | Sep 17, 2015

Malama Maui Nui is once again rallying the community to clean island shorelines and waterways by participating in “Get the Drift and Bag It!” on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Malama Maui Nui has joined in this Ocean Conservancy-led initiative since its inception 30 years ago.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the largest yearly, volunteer-driven beach cleanup campaign. Known here as “Get the Drift and Bag It,” this effort to malama the unique coastal ecosystems of Maui Nui is the opportunity for the community to collectively act in support of litter-free oceans each year.

According to Malama Maui Nui, “The ocean is many things to us; it is our food source, a source of valuable minerals, our place of recreation and so much more. The importance of protecting the ocean and its marine life cannot be stated enough. Each singular species plays a specific and vital role in the health of a marine environment, from the ‘opihi to the menpachi to the tiger shark.”

MMN’s goal for “Get the Drift and Bag It!” is to have groups across the County of Maui cleaning up all accessible shorelines and waterways, so that every possible stretch of coastline may benefit from the community’s efforts.

Here on the West Side, projects are slated at Kahekili Beach Park and the Honolua Bay area.

The official Maui kickoff for “Get the Drift and Bag It!” will take place on Saturday at Kahului Harbor from 9 a.m. to noon. However, community cleanup organizers can schedule their projects anytime from Sept. 19 through Oct. 18.

Contact Malama Maui Nui to add your cleanup to the slate; call 877-2524 or e-mail volunteer@cwdhawaii.org.