Hawai’i Wildlife Fund Artists’ Cleanup

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund is planning a 3rd annual Artists Cleanup Event on Saturday, October 19th and would absolutely LOVE IT if any of you artists wanted to join us! 

We have space left avail in our two 4WDs (RSVP soon to hold your spot!) and you’d be welcome to BYO-vehicle if you know the area and have a 4WD with clearance.  Please also fwd this to any of your artist friends / networks.  I’ve included cleanup details below – we have a wonderful artist joining us from the mainland (kyliefly.com) and there are plenty of seats for more to come. We are hoping that participants are inspired to make art with/about marine debris and plastic pollution and perhaps even use some for your 2020 costumes!

Please let our cleanup coordinator, Mattie Mae (mattie.HWF@gmail.com) know if you are interested / avail 🙂

This cleanup is made possible by to a 2019 grant award from the Ke Kai Ala Foundation (from the recent Kona Brewers Festival event).  Please also save the date for the 25th annual Kona Brewers Festival — happening on Sat, March 25th, 2020.  We hope to host another cleanup in ~ Feb 2020 too so let us know if you can’t make this one and would like to join us then!

Tentative agenda for the 10/19 HWF Artists Cleanup:

Meet up time is at 830AM at Wai’ōhinu Park* near Na’alehu (mile marker 65)….Please bring:

– Bag lunch/snacks for the whole day (you will be in a very remote area)
– Re-fillable water bottle (we will have re-fills)
– Any other beverage you may want (coconut water, etc.) –> think ZERO WASTE (see http://www.zerowastekauai.net/index.htmlfor more info!)
– Sturdy footware (no slippahs please!)
– Sun/wind protection (sunglasses, hat, longsleeve shirt, sunscreen, etc.)
– A positive attitude and flexibility!
– Swimsuit (if you’d like to jump in after lunch)
– Work gloves (if you have your own favorite pair)

Tentative** Cleanup Itinerary:
8:30AM – Meeting at Waiʻōhinu Park* (directions below)
8:45am – Depart Waiʻōhinu Park
10:00am – Arrive at Coastline
10:35 – 12:00 Cleanup
12:00 Lunch
12:15 – 13:30 More cleanup (Optional swim if conditions allow)
13:30 – 15:30 Pack up and Hike Back
~ 15:30PM – Goodbyes

HWF Will Bring:
– Cleanup Bags
– Buckets
– Gloves
– First aid kit with “reef safe” sunscreen (NO oxybenzone please!)
– Camping toilet
– Extra water (BYO-bottles for refills)
– Cooler with ice


* Waiʻōhinu Park is located right around mile marker 65 on the mountain-side (“mauka”) of Highway-11 near the town of Nāʻālehu.  It should take approximately 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to drive there from Kona and 105 minutes (1.75 hours) to drive there from Hilo.  You do NOT need 4WD to access this park.  This is the last stop to fill up water jugs/bottles and use a flushing toilet.  Here is a link to the park on google maps: goo.gl/2Mc3fD

** Tentative Schedule!  Please know that there are many factors during the day which do not allow us to have a concrete end time for the cleanup.  If you have a schedule for the day, it may be best for you to drive yourself or plan with us in advance.  Our apologies but this is the nature of our field work.