Keep Puakō Beautiful (KPB) and Get the Drift (GTD) Bag It Event

Thanks to Cynthia Ho for submitting this article. 

Mahalo to the 129 volunteers from Keep Puakō Beautiful (KPB), Get the Drift (GTD), and Bag It who attended the Puakō Boat Ramp Clean-Up. During the event, volunteers surveyed and removed 609 pounds of dumped trash and marine debris on 13.25 miles of trails from Hapuna Beach State Park to Hoholokai.

Event sponsors included Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures, Team Hulakai, Paniau, Team Hawai’i Life Beach 69, Waimea Country School Beach 67, Team 2 Papayas Beach 67, Waimea Middle School Hapuna Beach, and Puakō Beach Team Puakō Blocks.

KPB volunteers survey the land and water in Puakō, Waialea, and Hapuna beaches. A huge thank you to the 284 volunteers who are neighbors, family, and friends for helping to keep our South Kohala ocean environment clean and safe by removing over 2,480 pounds of trash, or 18,284 pieces, throughout the year. We kept our cleanups green by limiting use of single use plastics, supplying washable gloves, buckets and liter pickers.

Thank you to all agencies who continue to make our park lands safe. Removal of trash will continue in 2015.

For KPB volunteer opportunities, information or to become an OEES steward, contact

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