By: Andrea Kealoha
Yesterday, staff from the NOAA Marine Debris Program collaborated with the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the Polynesian Voyaging Society to teach 2nd and 3rd grade Hawaiian immersion students about the negative impacts of marine debris. The students learned about the Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world, and dissected albatross boluses filled with fishing line and plastics.
It was inspiring to learn that even at such a young age, these children are already participating in beach clean-ups! While we taught the students about marine debris, they taught us the Hawaiian word for trash – ʻōpala!