Outreach and education are essential tools in the prevention of marine debris, and so the NOAA Marine Debris Program supports projects throughout the country that focus on these strategies. In Hawai‘i, one project focuses on educating the islands’ keiki (children) about marine debris and the ways that they can combat it.
The Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund partnered with the NOAA Marine Debris Program to develop marine debris awareness and prevention curriculum for K-5 students in Hawaiʻi Island schools. Students were able to see how marine debris connects to their own daily behaviors and learn not to litter through hands-on activities such as creating signs and painting trash cans. Students were then able to spread awareness to their family and friends through several outreach and ohana (family/community) cleanup events.
For more information about this project, check out our project profile page. To get more information about other NOAA Marine Debris Program efforts in the Pacific Islands, visit: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/pacific-islands