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2012 Get the Drift and Bag It!

Demonstrating our commitment to environmental stewardship, about 150 volunteers from Hawaiian Electric Company, including employees, retirees, their families and friends, turned out on September 15 for the annual “Get the Drift and Bag It!” coastal cleanup along Kahe’s Electric Beach in Leeward Oahu.

This local version of The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup helps to keep Hawaii’s beaches and waterways clean and free of trash. No unusual items were recorded this year, but our hard-working volunteers did find enough used tires to outfit six vehicles and filled many 30-gallon trash bags full of cigarette butts, bottle caps/plastic lids and food wrappers/containers left by beach partyers.

“It was a great event to get to know your fellow Hawaiian Electric employees while doing your part to help the community and environment,” said volunteer Chad Yamasaki, a chemist in the company’s Environmental Department. First-time volunteer Glen Kashiwabara added, “I thought the volunteers were very enthusiastic and did a great job in the clean-up.”

A big mahalo to all the volunteers around the globe who are working towards trash free seas!

Photos courtesy of Steve Ward, Hawaiian Electric Company.
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