World Oceans Day

Friday, June 8

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Friday, June 8 with activities to support the official 2018 theme of ‘encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter’.

Join a cleanup effort, contribute as a citizen scientist, propose solutions through art, educate yourself and take part in the discussion around single-use plastic pollution. Email [email protected] with any questions and follow our Facebook Page for updates on event details.


Marine Naturalists will host clean-up stations at Kealia Pond and Kahului Harbor from 7am-11am, with free clean-up kits to use onsite or at a location of your choosing. Data collected through shoreline cleanups will aid in the Marine Debris Monitoring Program managed by Pacific Whale Foundation. Participants in clean-up efforts and data collection will receive great incentives including ocean themed books for keiki, reusable straws from the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store and day passes to Maui Ocean Center.

The Education & Curatorial team from Maui Ocean Center will lead snorkel clean-ups from the shore at the Kealia Pond station at 7:30 and 8:30am. Bring your own snorkel gear, a rash guard and cutting tool such as scissors or a dive knife for this activity. Participants in clean-up efforts and data collection will receive great incentives including ocean themed books for keiki, reusable straws from the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store and day passes to Maui Ocean Center.

Assist with marine debris research by participating in our FREE World Oceans Day citizen science cruise. Participants will conduct a microplastic tow on the way to the snorkel site where they will clean-up reef rubbish. While in the water, snorkelers will collect seawater samples, filtering for debris and recording data with the assistance of trained Marine Naturalists onboard Pacific Whale Foundation’s newest vessel, Ocean Guardian. Call 800-942-5311 to RSVP as space is limited.

Keiki are encouraged to celebrate with a special World Oceans Day theme at Ocean Camp, including a ‘Pollution Solutions’ art contest. How will you help to keep plastic out of the ocean and protect marine animals? Submissions can also be uploaded to our Facebook page using the #reuseorrefuse @pacificwhalefoundation. One lucky keiki will receive a snorkel trip for 4 or a gift certificate for the Ocean Store.

All World Oceans Day participants will receive great discounts on food and beverage at Seascape Restaurant in Ma’alaea on the evening of World Oceans Day (Friday, June 8). We will be screening the documentary film ‘Straws’ and discussing solutions to plastic pollution during this fun, family friendly evening (open to the public). Click here to view the trailer for ‘Straws’.

There are many ways to celebrate World Oceans Day 2018. Remember to tag @pacificwhalefoundation and #reuseorrefuse to show your commitment to ending single use plastic pollution.

Sign ‘The Last Straw’ pledge at pacificwhale.org/thelaststraw and share your support by adding The Last Straw photo frame to your profile picture on Facebook.

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Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission is to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. We accomplish this through our ongoing research, education and conservation programs. Our vision is to be the people’s environmental organization for the protection of the world’s whales, dolphins and other marine animals living wild in their natural habitat. We believe that it is essential to involve the public in our mission. We encourage you to become a part of our global community of people who care about the future of our oceans and marine wildlife.