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Learn ways to be ocean-friendly

By Staff | Jun 25, 2020

How can we build some ocean-friendly activities into our current reality, in an unobtrusive way that respects everyone’s priorities and circumstances?

Two West Maui environmental heroes, Tova Callender and Liz Foote, will share ideas during a Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset Zoom meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.

In their presentation, “Staying Ocean-Friendly During a Pandemic,” Callender and Foote will discuss the West Maui Kumuwai organization.

West Maui Kumuwai (www.WestMauiKumuwai.org) is a grassroots campaign to inspire people to take simple actions to help the ocean.

WMK’s website notes, “We shine a spotlight on the actions of everyday people and community heroes to promote the health of our ocean. We tell stories about what’s happening in our community. We hold events where you can lend a hand alongside your neighbor. But most of all, we offer ways in which you can help curb the amount of pollutants that are harming our ocean – and we try to make those actions easy enough to do. We’re talking about things that you can do at home or in your yard, like the type of fertilizer you use or picking up after your pooch.

“With the involvement of West Maui residents like you and with the support of local businesses and organizations, we’re confident that together we can make big strides in preserving our unique way of life. And by that, we mean our close relationship with the ocean and this place we call home – from paddling and fishing to surfing and snorkeling. We have it good here and we want to keep it that way.”

The duo will also detail activities community partners are conducting in the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative to help keep coastal waters a little cleaner.

To join in this virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, e-mail Mariko Higashi at marikoinmaui@gmail.com.

Attend to learn about steps that we can all take on land to help keep the ocean healthy.