Mahalo nui loa to everyone who has joined our cleanup activities!

Makamaka'ole is located on the northeast facing shore of Maui, ~4 miles to the north of Ka'ehu, so similarly catches tons of marine debris.  Due to its non-public access and the difficulty of hiking down to the coast, a large cleanup hasn't been done. We wrote a grant proposal through Hawai'i Association for Marine Education and Research (HAMER) to the Maui County Office of Economic Development for the costs of flying the debris out of this area, and we got funded!  Mahalo to our partners: Malama Maui Nui, Maui Huliau Foundation, CDF Engineering, Swell Consulting, P.O.O. Please, and Pacific Helicopters! 

Our first cleanup was on Friday, April 26th, and our goal was to pick up all of the debris so when we returned for our next cleanup in the fall we would quantify what accumulated within that timeframe.  After our two sorting/counting parties, our totals were 36,854 pieces of marine debris weighing 6,590 lbs!  Photos/videos can be viewed on FB and IG.

Our second cleanup was on Friday, October 4th, and we successfully cleaned the beach again.  Our totals were significantly less (2,692 items weighing 195 lbs), which is good news that more marine debris didn't accumulate.  Similarly, we'll return in the spring of 2020, when we expect to find more marine debris to remove.

Makamaka'ole Cleanup
Washing Ashore


Our Ka'ehu Cleanups are sponsored by Ace Hardware (Kihei & Kahului),

Home Depot and

CDF Engineering.  

Mahalo nui loa!

Please contact us to join our next cleanup in the Spring of 2020!

2019-2020  Makamaka'ole  Cleanup  Information 

We've collected a total of 450,119 pieces of

marine debris   

(45,664 lbs = >22.8 tons)

at Ka'ehu since

July 2012!

Jack Johnson at the International Marine Debris Conference

January 27  *  February 24  *  March 24  *  April 28 *  May 26  *  June 23  *  July 28  *  August 25  *  September 22  *  October 27  *  November 24 *  December 22

Home Depot

Check out what the Maui Huliau Foundation's environmental film students created about this project!  

reef cleanup pic ~C~King

SHARKastics has been spearheading cleanups at Ka'ehu on the 4th Sunday of every month since July, 2012.  This bay and coastline are important for many species! More and more debris is always washing ashore, so we need your help.  It's heaps of fun!

Meet us at Kukona Place (9am to noon).  Mahalo!


Please contact the Maui Huliau Foundation for help holding your next green event!

Ka'ehu Cleanup Crew

Join our reef cleanups!  

Were always cleaning the coral reefs during our Maui Turtle Transects.  Our locations vary due to turtle emergencies and ocean conditions, so please contact us to join our Turtle Team.  

Here's the link to our online Maui Ocean Cleanup data entry form, if you're doing your own cleanup: CLICK HERE.  Mahalo for contributing to our study!

The Hawai'i Environmental Cleanup Coalition

Not on Maui and want to get involved?  Meet our collaborators and new statewide HECC endeavor!  Check out the calendar to see how many cleanups there are almost every day around Hawai'i.  It takes everyone to keep Hawai'i clean, so mahalo nui loa for your help!

Maui Huliau Green Events
SHARKastics logo

Mahalo nui loa to musicians like Jack Johnson, who promote ocean friendly actions & sustainable events!

CDF Engineers
Ace Hardware
Ka'ehu Beach Cleanup Flyer
SHARKastics Ka'ehu Beach Cleanup Flyer