Hawai'i Wildlife Fund e-Newsletter -
Hawai'i Island Edition (April 2017)


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Hawai'i Wildlife Fund is headed to OCEAN AID!

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund (HWF) is proud to partner with Love the Sea, Sea Cleaners, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i and Surfrider Foundation for this upcoming music festival to celebrate the ocean and discourage plastic pollution. The mission of Ocean Aid is to take the global language of music to inform, inspire and enact change on the issue of ocean trash through the power of a community-based worldwide festival. On Sat., April 30th, HWF Board and team members will be flying to O‘ahu for this unique and fun-filled event.  The proceeds from this event will go back to the four nonprofits involved and will help HWF continue implementing our coastal ecosystem appreciation and marine debris prevention curriculum in classrooms around Hawai‘i nei. COME JOIN US!

Visit their Facebook page or website for more information:




Buy Tickets HERE!

Reef-safe sunscreen
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund has been supporting the state and county level efforts to ban the use of sunscreens with toxic chemical components, like Oxybenzone.  We have been working with our friends at Eyes of the Reef Network to promote this initiative since last October’s Ironman event. Our partner, Kai Kanani Sailing Charters, also joined the campaign last winter offering free reef-safe sunscreen to all boat passengers. 

As such, we are excited to announce that Senate Bill 1150 is moving forward in the legislature this session but there is still time to contact your senators ( and representatives ( to show your support. Here is a PSA that is being published in Washington Post today and through the summer in Mother Jones!

RSVP to HWF event
Nohea Ka'awa controlling winch pulling a large net off the Ka'ū coast in March 2017.
Net success!
This month, Hawai'i Wildlife Fund and volunteers loaded 15,897 lbs of derelict fishing nets into a 40’ Matson container headed to O‘ahu for conversion to electricity in NOAA’s Nets-to-Energy Partnership.  This program was made possible due to the in-kind donation by Matson Navigation, JD Services LLC (of Ocean View) and Schnitzer Steel.
The vast majority of these nets were pulled off the remote and rocky Ka'ū coastline in the past couple years. However, six large net bundles were pulled out of the ocean by boaters in West Hawai'i and dropped off at Honokōhau Harbor earlier in 2017.

Find the link to the full story HERE.

HWF Hawaiʻi Island / Maui upcoming volunteer events

April 21st – PINT NIGHT at Maui Brew Company (Kīhei) – 6 to 10PM (event link)
April 22nd – EARTH DAY events at Ka‘ehu, Maui (link) and Wai‘ōhinu, Hawai‘i* (link) – *no space left in our 4WD at 8AM - 5 seats avail at 9:30AM - contact for more info!
April 29th – People’s Climate March in Kona (link)
April 30th – OCEAN AID Event at the Waikiki Shell in O‘ahu - 4 - 10PM (link)
May 6th – Hawaii Wildlife Management Org is hosting a Party for Wildfire Awareness (Hale Halawai on Aliʻi Drive in Kona) – 9AM to 4PM (link)
May 15th – Hiking cleanup from Ka Lae to Mahana Bay, Hawai‘i
May 20th – 8th annual Manukā NAR cleanup (POSTPONED until this summer – date TBA soon!!)
June 4th – Kamilo Point Community Cleanup Event
June 8th – World Ocean Day event – HWF will be hosting a booth at the event at Hāpuna State Park.

* For more info about any of the above events, please email us @ or call / text 808-769-7629!

~ Mahalo from the HWF team :)

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