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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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Endangered species protection threatened by federal shutdown

Hawai'i Wildlife Fund is working desperately to save Hawaii's sea turtles and other marine species and to protect the coral reefs and clean the beaches they rely on to survive.

Your donations to our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization are tax deductible. Mahalo.

  Due to the federal government shutdown, we don't know if federal funding will be available for our endangered species work in 2019. Hawai'i Wildlife Fund's leadership has called an emergency meeting this week to discuss our next steps. We urgently need your help for our protected species funding. Your donations are needed now more than ever.
   Hawai'i is the fourth largest employer of federal employees in the nation. National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service employees are not getting paid and some have to work without pay. Hawai'i Wildlife Fund works with those agencies as we "fill the gap" between government and community to conserve and protect native Hawaiian species.
   In addition to federal employees and their families being put at risk, our endangered species are also at risk as the professionals who protect them are not being paid. Our national parks lie unprotected and vulnerable as the shutdown forces employees off the job. The federal grants that pay for wildlife protection and technical consultations grind to a stand still. None of that can resume until the agencies get back to work.

Hawaii Wildlife Fund's educational programs are teaching the next generation about the detrimental effects that marine debris, especially plastic products, have on our native wildlife and our environment.
   Our efforts are also focused on driving legislative initiatives like Hawaii’s plastic bag ban and its ban on polystyrene – both of which are helping to reduce marine debris.
   While ocean pollution is one of the biggest challenges of this era, we are making progress locally in addressing this threat. Our statewide campaign to protect coral reefs by discouraging the use of oxybenzone in sunscreen resulted in landmark legislation being passed to prohibit that chemical's use in Hawaii.
   Saving the health of the planet's oceans will take a global effort. We call on everyone to join our efforts to turn the tide.

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


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