A clean start to the new year

  • Photo by Monique Rowan

    Some who pitched in at Tuesday’s Pine Trees beach cleanup included, from left, Bethanie Warner, Dave Benedict, Anna Becerra, Luan Becerra, Patricia Becerra and Kyle Womack.

HANALEI — The first day of 2019 was a good one for cleaning up on the beach, cool and a bit overcast, and 15 people turned up to grab bags and get to work collecting trash at Pine Trees on Tuesday afternoon.

Luan Becerra, North Shore resident and surfer, hosted the event with an eye toward caring for Kauai.

He was appreciative of the efforts put forward by the volunteers who showed up. He thinks that it’s important for everyone to do what they can to pitch in to keep the beaches clean.

“Do your part to maintain and preserve the island,” Becerra said.

Hanalei Bay turned out to be in pretty good shape considering it was New Year’s Day, volunteer Kyle Womack said.

“It was a pleasant surprise how clean the beach was, actually,” he added.

As would be expected, most of the trash was leftover fireworks. Other items collected from the shoreline and disposed of included remnants of surfboards and old surfboard wax to debris from homes. There were plastic and glass bottles collected, as well. All told, 100 pounds of trash was removed.

“It wasn’t intentional, people just need to widen their scope when they’re cleaning up,” said Anna Becerra, Luan’s wife.

Today, Luan Becerra will be hosting a cleanup in Kilauea at Rock Quarry Beach.

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