State Reminds People That Care for Land & Sea Is Everyone’s Responsibility
(HONOLULU) – When canoe paddlers and other volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii arrive to clean up the mess at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park on Oahu tomorrow, staff from the DLNR Divisions of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will be on hand to provide expertise and assistance. The beach park is not under State jurisdiction. Beginning in 1953 a series of Executive Orders (EO’s) transferred control of Keehi Lagoon Beach Park and its nearshore waters from the State to the City and County of Honolulu.
Staff from DAR will be monitoring for damage to aquatic resources in order to determine any potential mitigation or recovery efforts that will need to be undertaken. Staff from DOBOR will monitor for any large debris items that have washed into near-shore waters and beyond.
DLNR First Deputy Kekoa Kaluhiwa said, “This is a prime example of why it is all of our kuleana to properly dispose of rubbish, keeping our own properties free of trash and debris, and being mindful that whatever we do mauka has definite and oftentimes damaging effects makai.”
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