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ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

Mount Desert, Maine
posts: 23
reviews: 39
ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

I heard a report last night that debris from the tsunami in Japan from almost 2 years ago is washing up on the southeast side of Hawaii.

Does anyone know which beaches are most affected? I would be sad to hear it if Punalu'u was getting "trashed."

Hilo, Hawaii
Destination Expert
for Hilo, Island of Hawaii
posts: 29,227
reviews: 4
1. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

The beach that has been featured is NE of Papakolea (Green Sands), and is the dirtiest beach in the entire world because ocean currents carry debris and trash there from all over the Pacific

That beach already had mountains of trash pre-tsunami, in spite of massive clean-ups that occur regularly.

There may be some tsunami debris showing up, but I have not seen any posts on local forums talking about it, except for the one notorious garbage beach.

Kamilo is the name of the beach if you want to run a search on it.

Mount Desert, Maine
posts: 23
reviews: 39
2. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

Really just that one beach? I believe you, but one would think the debris would wash up all along the coast.

If other parts of the shoreline are unaffected, I am glad to hear it. Thanks!

Washington DC...
posts: 10,316
reviews: 219
3. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

It is a matter of the currents...the beach is on the opposite side from Japan, so remnants of that tragic event have already circulated past Hawaii and back. It is bad for Kau and very bad for wildlife that ingest plastic, etc. But a visitor is very unlikely to go anywhere near the shoreline there. Better to find out how to help support the cleanup, be mindful of our own impacts as we visit---see the Pono page--than worry about our beach time on holiday since the garbage is not going there.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28932-c79918/Hawaii:…

Edited: 9:35 am, December 01, 2012
Mount Desert, Maine
posts: 23
reviews: 39
4. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

Thanks for the info.

I would be happy to support the clean-up efforts. I always support conservation and protection of wildlife. I've never been to Hawai'i, but I am sure I will feel a closer connection after I have visited.

Mahalo!

California
Destination Expert
for Oahu
posts: 31,316
reviews: 15
5. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

hawaii.gov/dlnr/…NR12-135.pdf

This is something "we" should spread around.

Scottsdale, Arizona
posts: 3,544
reviews: 50
6. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

maybe it comes from the texas-sized whirlpool of trash out in the pacific?

Washington DC...
posts: 10,316
reviews: 219
7. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

Yes, part of the garbage dump vortex. Sad.

Thanks for the link, Billy. I have added it to the Pono Page.

Edited: 7:07 pm, December 01, 2012
Honolulu, Hawaii
Destination Expert
for Maui, Hana, Oahu
posts: 30,234
reviews: 2
8. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

NOAA goes out there often and brings back tons and tons of trash. They then burn it in one of the power plants here. They find the nets and rope generally come from Alaska.

Washington DC...
posts: 10,316
reviews: 219
9. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

Sorry, it was BLBL who provided the link! Perils of a small screen.

The Pono Page is here tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28932-c79918/Hawaii:…

Washington DC...
posts: 10,316
reviews: 219
10. Re: ocean trash washing up on Big Island beaches

More on the garbage patch from The National Parks of the Pacific Islands, check them out on FAcebook and Twitter

pacificislandparks.com/2010/…

Sadly in 2010 we did not know about that tsunami.