Did you know that going down a waterslide can help keep our world’s oceans and beaches clean?
Well, maybe not just anywhere, but certainly on the Dolphins and You boat tour. Hawaii is known for its pristine white-sand beaches, however, upon taking a closer look, you will see the grim reality that many of Hawaii’s beaches are littered with trash, and the inconvenience of the garbage being an eye-sore is the least of our worries. Unfortunately, the beach is not the last stop for the garbage blowing around, it often ends up in the ocean where wildlife may become entangled in it or mistake it for food causing direct harm to these animals. So how does riding the Dolphins and You waterslide help solve this issue? Let me tell you.
On Friday, September 8th, And You Creations held an event on the Dolphins and You tour called “Slide for Life”. This event was to encourage guests on both the 7:00am and 11:00am tours to ride our 20ft water slide as much as possible because And You Creations would be donating $5 to the Pokai Bay beach clean up that we sponsored in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation – Oahu Chapter, for every time a guest rode our slide! On the first tour of the day, the slide was ridden 88 times, amounting to $440 going towards the beach clean up! On the second tour of the day, our slide was ridden a whopping 121 times, meaning an additional $605 going towards the clean up! In total, $1,045 donated to the cause, thanks to our beloved Dolphins and You guests.
Pokai Bay Beach Cleanup
The following day, Saturday September 9th, the AYC team headed out to Pokai Bay on the Westside of O’ahu which is adjacent to where our Dolphins and You boat is harbored at! We met up with the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter to get things started. Upon first glance, the beach seemed to look pretty clean, unfortunately after a closer look, it was evident that there were small pieces of trash all over the place, many of which were cigarettes, metal bottle caps, and glass. The AYC team, along with help from volunteers both from the Surfrider Foundation as well as members of the community, were able to remove 120lbs of trash in just two short hours!
Although 120lbs may seem like a lot, it’s only a fraction in the big picture, and we need your help restoring nature. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a cleanup like this one, you can find one near you by contacting the Surfrider Foundation or another organization like it. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!
88 Counted Slides for First Dolphin Tour: