Maui Premiere of 'A Plastic Ocean'

Join us for a screening of the award winning documentary film 'A Plastic Ocean' followed by a discussion with experts on the issue of marine debris.

When: Thursday, August 3
5:00 Doors Open
6:00 Film Starts
7:40 Marine Debris Discussion

Where: The Historic Iao Theater 68 N Market St, Wailuku, HI 96793

Directions and parking information

Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Use the form at the bottom of this page to purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds will fund ongoing research and outreach projects conducted by Pacific Whale Foundation's Research Team. 

A Plastic Ocean - We need a wave of changeA Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and marine life. The film investigates how plastic is influencing the food chain and human health.

A feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.

During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.

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A Plastic Ocean has been screening to sold out audiences worldwide. Pacific Whale Foundation will host the Maui premiere, followed by a discussion on marine debris with experts on the issue. Pacific Whale Foundation will offer beach cleanup kits to event guests as well as further information on how you can help to reduce the amount of debris entering our oceans. Join us prior to the film for education and activities including:

  • Make-your-own body scrub station, hosted by Skin & Tonic
  • Marine debris display and interaction with Pacific Whale Foundation Research Team
  • 'Good Purchases' retail product sale
  • Local entrepreneur Manakai Swimwear showcase of innovative fashion using recycled marine debris

With your help, we can start a wave of change.


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Panel of Experts

Gabrielle Schuerger
Executive Director
Mālama Maui Nui (Community Work Day)
Click here to view bio

Jens Currie
Senior Research Analyst
Pacific Whale Foundation
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Hana Steel, Ph.D.
Environmental Protection & Sustainability Division
Department of Environmental Management
Dr. Hana Steel is most know for her work as Maui's Recycling Coordinator from 1991
to 2016. She continues to work for the County in the new division of Environmental Protection
& Sustainability in the Department of Environmental Management

Stacia Ash
Department of Environmental
Management, Recycling Section
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Mark Manuel
NOAA Marine Debris
Program’s (MDP’s) Pacific Islands Regional Coordinator
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Marge Bonar
Malama Maui Nui
Marge played a major role in both the plastic bag ban of 2011 as well as the recent Styrofoam ban in Maui County. Her background is in science (Marine Mycology) as well as environmentalism.


Please email with any questions or to participate as a presenter. Educational tools are available for teachers or parents.

Pacific Whale Foundation has been studying marine debris since 2013 and their efforts have seen the removal and documentation of over 50,000 debris items to date. In 2016, Pacific Whale Foundation was awarded a grant by NOAA’s Marine Debris Program to develop a public awareness campaign to educate the community on marine debris issues, specifically with respect to tobacco litter on Maui's beaches. The grant arose from Pacific Whale Foundation's marine debris research, which found the "tobacco-free beaches and parks policy" passed in 2014 had little immediate impact on the amount of tobacco-related debris found on Maui's beaches.

Proceeds from the screening will help to Pacific Whale Foundation's ongoing marine debris research and removal efforts. This includes:

  • Assessing the potential risks that marine debris poses to cetaceans
  • Determining the distribution and accumulation of marine debris in the Maui 4-island region
  • Cataloging debris items found along Maui's south coast
  • Citizen scientist led 'Maui Coastal Marine Debris Monitoring Program'
  • Comparing polymer types of land and ocean based debris in the Maui 4-island region (a collaborative project with researchers at NIST)

Pacific Whale Foundation's most recent publications on marine debris can be found here:

  • 2017: Quantifying the risk that marine debris poses to cetaceans in coastal waters of the 4-island region of Maui. Marine Pollution Bulletin View Here
  • 2016: Trends and drivers of debris accumulation on Maui shorelines: Implications for local mitigation strategies. Marine Pollution Bulletin View Here

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