Hawai’i Hotel Coastal Cleanup Challenge

Your hotel or resort property is invited to participate in the Hawai’i Hotel Coastal Cleanup Challenge, part of International Coastal Cleanup Day and Get the Drift and Bag it! CORAL is providing assistance to hotels so they can participate in this event, and involve their staff and guests. All the information you need to learn about the event and get involved is below and available here for download. We will add new information, as it comes our way, and keep a list of those properties participating.

The event is typically held on the third Saturday of September.

2013 date: Saturday, September 21st

If you have any questions, please contact CORAL Hawai’i Field Manager Wes Crile at wcrile@coral.org.

Participating Resort and Condominium Properties, To Date

  • Fairmont Kea Lani
  • Fairmont Orchid
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
  • Honua Kai Condominium Association, Inc.
  • Hualalai Resort
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
  • Ka’anapali Beach Resort
  • Mahana
  • Marriott Maui Ocean Club
  • Royal Lahaina Resort
  • Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • The Whaler

Mahalo to all the properties that have joined in this effort since 2010!

How To Participate


Thank you for your interest in the International Coastal Cleanup, coming up this September! The difference between this event and a regular beach or shoreline cleanup is that volunteers use simple data cards to tally and categorize the debris they find, using the same method on the same day all over the world! This event is coordinated internationally by The Ocean Conservancy. In Hawai‘i, many local groups help conduct and coordinate cleanups around the state. In Maui County, Malama Maui Nui (formerly known as Community Work Day Program; www.cwdhawaii.org) is the go-to organization that provides technical support, coordination, and materials for those looking to host a cleanup.

The Hawai’i Hotel Coastal Cleanup Challenge is part of this event, and is coordinated by the Coral Reef Alliance. This started as a project of the Ka‘anapali Makai Watch program, working in collaboration with Malama Maui Nui, and we were thrilled to have a great lineup of Ka’anapali area resorts and condominium properties participate in the first organized event in 2010, with more joining in later years, along with properties from South Maui and Hawai’I Island. CORAL’s role is to promote and facilitate participation, compile data from all the hotels that participate, and document their contributions through our own media and promotional efforts. Let’s see how many hotels, staff and guests we can involve and demonstrate stewardship of our oceans and reefs!

This web page is designed to provide all the guidance you need to participate in this event. If you have any questions, please contact me (Wes Crile, CORAL Hawaii Field Manager) at 808.359.3689 or wcrile@coral.org. If you’re in Maui County and would like general information or want to register your event, please contact contact Malama Maui Nui at info@cwdhawaii.org or (808) 877-2524.

Why Participate?

Participating in a cleanup event is a great way to make a difference! Gathering people together for a cleanup also promotes stewardship and camaraderie, and is surprisingly fun! Furthermore, your guests will feel empowered and appreciate the opportunity to contribute and ‘give back’ to Hawai‘i. They will also appreciate and recognize your efforts to make a difference as well. Oftentimes the many sustainable efforts that are undertaken by Hawai‘i’s hotels occur behind the scenes; this is a highly visible way for you to demonstrate your commitment to Hawaii’s environment to your guests and the local community.

Before Your Event:

Assign a “point person” to take a lead coordination role. Decide how you want to conduct your cleanup event. Do you want it to be small-scale, with a few staff members only, or would you like to create a larger opportunity for staff and guests? Would you like to invite community members from the local area as well? Decide where the cleanup will take place, and if there are any boundaries or safety considerations. Primarily target beach and coastal areas fronting (or nearby your property if it is not oceanfront), but you can also identify any other “hot spots” in need of attention.

Promote Your Event to Staff and Guests. Make it Fun!

  • Make and post a flier.
  • Add the opportunity in your events calendar.
  • Make a poster and display it on an easel in your lobby the week before the event to invite guests.
  • Create a challenge for staff – who can recruit the most guests for their own team? Any other ideas?
  • Get your day care/kids camp involved.
  • Get your watersports company involved.
  • If you want to host a community event, get the word out through a news release, your website, and social media.

Assemble Materials You’ll Need:

  • Volunteer Sign-In sheet (download)
  • Liability waiver, if applicable
  • Media release form, if applicable; please display the Media Release form we have provided if you would like to participate in our photo contest, or allow CORAL to include your images in our promotional efforts and materials such as newsletters, displays, etc. (download)
  • Copies of ‘Items Collected’ data card, one per team (download)
  • Clipboards (plus rubber bands in case it’s windy that day!)
  • Pencils
  • Gloves (canvas or latex)
  • Bags
  • Optional- ‘grabbers’ or other tools
  • Water, snacks for volunteers

On Maui, Malama Maui Nui provides materials and supplies such as gloves, bags, grabbers, and drinks. You can coordinate directly with CWD to pick up materials in advance by calling (808) 877-2524 or emailing info@cwdhawaii.org.

During Your Event:

Assemble your teams and establish the areas where each will go. If you have your own liability and media release forms, have your volunteers sign them in addition to the sign-in sheet provided, before they begin the cleanup. Usually the minimum you need for a team is two people – one to hold the clipboard and tally the debris using the datasheet, and one to hold the bag to collect the debris. As team members find debris they can make counts and tell the person with the clipboard what they’re putting in the bag. Before the teams set off, go over any boundaries or safety issues, and make sure they understand the data sheet. Also ask them to take photos if they can, and make note of any interesting or unusual debris they found. We will hold a photo contest (see below) so definitely take photos if you can! Identify a central area where the teams can return once they are finished, to dispose of the debris and turn in their data sheets and materials. Have some water available for volunteers at this place as well, but encourage volunteers to bring water with them during the cleanup.

After Your Event:

Collect the datasheets from the volunteer teams and make sure the contact and debris tally information is filled out properly. Fill out the simple Coordinator’s Report form (see below) that summarizes your cleanup’s outcomes. Please send a copy of the Sign In sheet, all teams’ data sheets, and the Coordinator’s Report form to Wes Crile through whichever method is most convenient for you – email or mail (wcrile@coral.org • Ph: 808.359.3689). Wes will compile the results and forward the forms to The Ocean Conservancy and Community Work Day Program (for Maui County), so that your data will be included in the report produced as a result of this effort. Please send any photos you would like to share with CORAL to Wes Crile via email.


Other Things to Consider

Educational Opportunity for Staff and Guests:

A beach cleanup is a great way to promote stewardship, and help instill and reinforce an overall ‘environmental ethic’ in your staff, guests, and the local community. You may want to use this event as a larger educational platform, and pass along ‘what you can do’ tips and messages. For example, give away reusable bottles or bags with your hotel’s logo. Create an educational display about recycling, and highlight the areas on your property where items can be recycled. If you have a ‘Green Team,’ have them available the day of the cleanup to answer questions from your guests and talk story about your property’s sustainability efforts. Involve the kids from your day care or kids camp program, and give out educational materials such as NOAA’s “Be An Ocean Guardian” activity packet (attached – you could print all or just choose a page or two you want to use.). Invite your staff to bring their kids that day to participate as well. These are just a few ideas and suggestions – engage your team and see what you can come up with!

“What About Japan Tsunami Debris?”

If staff or guests have questions or concerns about the Japan tsunami debris, please share the following with them, from the NOAA Marine Debris program website (see below):

“There is no reason to avoid beaches. Radiation experts believe it is highly unlikely any debris is radioactive, and the debris is not in a mass. Beachgoers may notice a gradual increase in debris near-shore or on the coast, adding to the marine debris that washes up every day. The public should continue to visit and enjoy our coasts—and help keep them clean.”

Online Resources

International Coastal Cleanup Info

International Coastal Cleanup Press Kit

Community Work Day Program (Maui) Facebook page

Get the Drift and Bag it Website

NOAA Marine Debris Program

NOAA Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Page

Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)

Download a PDF of CORAL’s Underwater Cleanup Guidelines

Ka‘anapali Makai Watch Facebook Page

NOAA’s Marine Debris Program’s Education and Outreach Resources:

Outreach Resources

Activity Books, Curriculum, Activity Sheets & Craftsl

Direct link to download NOAA’s Ocean Guardians Activity Book (K-3)