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Cleaning marine debris off the beaches of Hawaii is one of the many projects that
Hawaii Wildlife Fund engages in to help protect our native wildlife.


HWF's Hannah Bernard, left, joins Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank and volunteers at Cleanup on Maui with Sand Cloud.

MAUI, HAWAII - Thanks to Sand Cloud, a new beach towel company whose mission is to help recover the health of marine life, ABC's 'Shark Tank' came on location to Hawaii Wildlife Fund's Maui beach cleanup held on July 2. The episode featuring HWF should air this fall.
   The TV crew documented about 150 HWF volunteers removing 2,505 pounds of marine debris from Ka'ehu Beach. Reporters talked to our leaders about HWF's efforts to help our marine environment.
   Sand Cloud spearheaded the cleanup and helped HWF make the connection with Shark Tank. Sand Cloud was catapulted to fame by Shark Tank when "shark investor" Robert Herjavec decided to invest $200,000 in Sand Cloud because of the young company's commitment to protect the ocean.
   Sand Cloud's owners are building a team of ambassadors who are passionate about the ocean and who want to give back to the marine environment. HWF is part of that team.
   Through that partnership, Sand Cloud has given HWF access to its Snapchat account. So every weekend, our team members post from our project sites to show the world what we're doing. In addition, Sand Cloud has also added HWF to the list of notable nonprofits it supports.

Sand Cloud. Making beautiful towels for a cause.


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You can help prevent ocean pollution, wherever you live.

By Hannah Bernard, HWF Executive Director

Ocean pollution is a global problem, but we can help from our own backyard. Visitors to Hawaii can help, too. Start by checking your sunscreen label.
   When we think of pollution we often think of trash. And HWF is certainly addressing that issue through beach and reef cleanups. But chemicals also hurt reefs and destroy water quality.
   Scientific studies have shown that sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone can kill coral. Now that we know better, we must do better.
  In recent years, we have lost 50 percent of one species of coral in Hawaii due to coral bleaching caused by warming water temperatures. Globally, the ocean is changing. Locally, we must do everything we can to protect our reefs any way we can.
   According to the Environmental Working Group, governmental studies have also linked oxybenzone to allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage in humans. What's bad for the reef is likely bad for us all.

Hawaii Wildlife Fund works to protect our reefs on multiple levels.

Our team spends a lot of time in the field but we also actively testify as expert witnesses and educate people about enacting laws to protect our island environment.
  We started by supporting community-based fisheries management areas, then we campaigned for Maui's plastic bag ban. We joined a lawsuit to prevent polluted wastewater from entering the ocean. And recently, HWF's efforts were integral to Maui becoming the first island to pass a polystyrene food container ban.
  HWF's success depends on our volunteers, donors and the community. This spring, we expanded into the global community with on-stage recognition and support from Grammy Award-winning musicians Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti and the performers at Ocean Aid.
   But we still need your support. Coral reefs are dying. We are witnessing that firsthand here in Hawaii. Federal funds that protect our ocean are being slashed. Now, more than ever, it's imperative that everyone get involved.
   You can help from your own backyard. You can also help by making a Donation today.

Me ke aloha pumehana,
- Hannah


For those who are passionate about the ocean, Hawaii Wildlife Fund offers a unique giving opportunity. When a loved one passes away, in lieu of flowers or gifts, you may donate in his or her honor through our website. The funds will continue HWF's efforts to help ensure a healthier ocean for future generations.

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