Volunteers sought for annual cleanup in Lahaina

The 14th annual Lahaina Town Clean Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers will meet at Kamehameha Iki Park, 525 Front St.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and instructions and equipment will be distributed to participants. The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch for volunteers donated by Pacific’O and water provided by Tropic Water.

The event is supported by Malama Maui Nui’s “Get the Drift and Bag It!” campaign, in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean Up Day.

“Get the Drift and Bag It!” is an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to join in a global effort to remove litter and debris from the coastal environment, according to an announcement. The statewide campaign is a part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup that kicks off annually the third Saturday in September.

“We are a small part of the many cleanups taking place on Maui and in over 150 countries for International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15th,” notes Lahaina Town Clean Up founder and organizer Matt Lane. “This year we are also teaming up with Trilogy Excursions. They will depart from Lahaina Harbor at 9 a.m. for a Blue Aina reef cleanup in support of www.eatlessplastic.com through the Love the Sea nonprofit.”

Cleanup volunteers are requested to download and utilize the Clean Swell App to keep track of the debris removed during the cleanup. This data will be added to the International Coastal Cleanup’s marine debris database. Results from the data help inform policy and debris removal efforts. Data cards will also be made available if needed and should be turned in at the end of the cleanup. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and gloves to the event. For more information, go to visitlahaina.com or call (808) 269-8457.

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