Hands Across the Sand event set for Saturday

The Maui News

The eighth annual Hands Across the Sand event will focus public attention on the grass-roots movement toward clean energy beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kealia Pond in Kihei.

According to an announcement, the event’s message is simple: “no to dirty fuels and yes to clean energy.” The Maui gathering is one of more than 100 Hands Across the Sand locations around the world.

“The event aims to drive awareness for protection of our oceans and marine life, our coastal environment, our coastal economies our mountains, valleys and meadows,” the announcement says. “These gatherings will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against the threat of dirty fuels.”

Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m. in front of Kealia Pond at a Surfrider tent. At 11 a.m., volunteers will clean up Kealia Beach for one hour. Then, at noon, they’ll “hold hands and leave only footprints and lines in the sand as a symbol of human solidarity.”

Beach cleanup supplies will be provided. Organizers suggest bringing a reusable water bottle and sun protection.

Event sponsors include the Sierra Club, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Earth Ethics, Friends of the Earth, Gulf Restoration Network, Chart 411 and Urban Paradise Guild.