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HoolaOne machine to collect microplastics from Hawaii's beaches

Microplastics are mixed with beach sand on Hawaii's beaches.

HWF is raising funding to bring the HoolaOne from Canada to filter microplastics out of the sand on Hawaii's beaches.

Twelve engineering students at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, have worked with Hawai'i Wildlife Fund over the past two years to design and construct HoolaOne, a prototype machine to remove small pieces of plastic marine debris from beaches.
   HWF's Team and volunteers have been cleaning Hawaii's coastline for 15 years and know first hand how difficult it is to collect microplastic debris, the tiny pieces of plastic that break down into smaller and smaller pieces.
   "Two years ago, this group of engineering students from the University of Sherbrooke approached us and asked what they might do to help with our marine debris recovery work," HWF's research director Bill Gilmartin said. "I suggested they tackle the problem of removing small plastic pieces from beach sand and they took on the challenge as a class project."
   The Canadian students’ invention, HoolaOne, was specifically designed to separate very small microplastic pieces up to 2 inches in diameter from the beach sand.
   "Since plastic debris breaks down into micro plastic pieces, it's impossible to pick up every single piece by hand. So we are very excited to test out the new HoolaOne prototype during our upcoming beach cleanups," HWF President Megan Lamson said.
   HWF is seeking donations to bring HoolaOne and the young engineers who developed it to Hawai'i in February.
   Please make a tax-deductible contribution to HWF today to be part of the solution to recover plastics from our beaches to protect native wildlife. All proceeds donated will go directly to this endeavor.
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Help us protect marine habitat and endangered species in Hawai'i

  Climate change = ocean changes. For the third year in a row, record warm ocean temperatures with subsequent coral bleaching events have occurred.
   To combat this emergency situation, Hawai'i Wildlife Fund is working harder than ever to protect Hawaii's marine life by:
 • Intervening directly to protect species
 • Restoring sensitive habitat
 • Removing marine debris from shorelines
   To stop the flow and turn the tide, we are working to change laws by promoting legislation like the recent Polystyrene Foam Ban and plastic bag bans for Maui and the oxybenzone in sunscreen ban statewide.
  We are currently partnering with a group of young engineers to bring an experimental beach plastic separator device called the Hoola One that is designed to clean plastic debris out of beach sand. (See article at left.)

Hawaii Wildlife Fund has been protecting Maui's endangered hawksbill sea turtles for 23 years now. Our team tracks, monitors, tags and protects the adult females as they lay their eggs in the sand and then ensures that the hatchlings scramble safely from the nest to the ocean that awaits their long journey through life.
   Currently, Hawai'i Wildlife Fund is standing up for sea turtles again by working to prevent 5,000 new LED streetlights from being installed on Maui to reduce outdoor light pollution. While we applaud the use of LED to save energy, we are asking the county to choose bulbs with low white/blue light content, which are more turtle-friendly. The bright lights the county is installing also attract seabirds and can result in their deaths.

We need your help in fighting these battles! Saving the health of the planet's oceans will take a global effort. We call on everyone to join our efforts. Your donations to our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization are tax deductible. Mahalo.

Me ke aloha pumehana,
- Hannah Bernard, HWF Executive Director

Join Hawaii Wildlife Fund's co-founder and marine naturalist Hannah Bernard on a conservation adventure in Micronesia. A few spots are still available on our May 10-19 expedition.

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