All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
“Aloha ʻĀina, Aloha Kai!” That’s Hawaiʻian for “love the land, love the ocean.” As a horticultural therapy program, Pacific Quest is well known for caring for the land, but taking care of the ocean is also important. Pacific Quest students learn about the importance of protecting the ocean during weekly water outings and beach cleanups and frequent swims in Reeds Bay. In an effort to increase marine stewardship, PQ recently partnered with All One Ocean nonprofit and installed two Beach Clean Up Stations, with two more on the way!
One of the stations was installed at the Young Adult campus at Reeds Bay and another at Richardson Beach. The other two stations will soon be installed at Carlsmith Beach Park. These stations will enable both Hilo beachgoers and PQ students to divert as much as 80,000 pieces of trash a year from the ocean and waterways, improving the lives of sea and land creatures, including humans. Beach Clean Up Stations are permanently mounted wooden boxes containing repurposed, reusable bags for collecting beach trash. Each station features children’s marine-themed art and signage showing how to use the station, the impact of marine debris and how to reduce trash production.
PQ students will use the Richardson Beach and Carlsmith Beach Park Stations during their beach cleanup outings, and the Reeds Bay Station several times a week. It’s expected that the Richardson Beach and Carlsmith Beach Park Stations will educate 3,240 beachgoers a year about the harm human-generated trash causes to sea and land creatures and teach them how to reduce this waste. Each year, these stations will enable 1,080 beachgoers to remove 54,000 pieces of trash – which is definitely “Aloha ʻĀina, Aloha Kai!”
Pacific Quest built and installed these Beach Clean Up Stations in partnership with All One Ocean and the County of Hawaii. All One Ocean, a local nonprofit, has installed 37 Beach Clean Up Stations and four School Clean Up Stations, in Hawaii, California, Iowa and Alabama.
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling adolescents and young adults that offers a clinical, yet holistic, approach to treatment. Our neurodevelopmental approach, combined with horticultural therapy, integrates evidence-based therapeutic methods, whole-person wellness and organic gardening to sustain a healthy community and motivate change. www.pacificquest.org