Marine debris rests after a likely long journey

FIRST PHOTO: A large steel buoy pulled from the ocean Thursday rests on the shore at Makena State Park on Friday morning as Cheryl King and Maui County ocean safety Capt. Zach Edlao inspect other debris collected. King, the founder of Sharkastics and vice president of the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, said she could not positively say where the debris came from because it lacks distinctive markings to identify it as flotsam generated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “I can’t say for 100 percent sure,” she said. “This is a very typical selection of stuff that always comes up here. This is the stuff we’ve been picking up for years.” She said there have been only 21 confirmed pieces of tsunami debris recovered in the United States, with eight of those found in Hawaii.

SECOND PHOTO: State Department of Land and Natural Resources Conservation and Resources Enforcement officer Buzz Hubert holds a clam-encrusted buoy marked with Japanese characters.

THIRD PHOTO: Hubert and ocean safety officers collected the buoy and other marine debris from the waters fronting the park Thursday.