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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.


Hawai'i Wildlife Fund joins a coalition of partners to bring "Ocean Aid," a benefit for ocean preservation, to the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Oahu on Sunday, April 30.


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Bonnie Raitt gives a shout out to Hawaii Wildlife Fund as we build a coalition called "Love The Sea."

By Hannah Bernard, HWF Executive Director

Our Hawaii Wildlife Fund team was honored to be recognized by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Bonnie Raitt when she was performing in Hawaii last month by donating portions of her Maui ticket sales to Hawaii Wildlife Fund.
  As a lifelong Bonnie Raitt fan, I was awe struck that she chose our work to recognize.
  With recent cuts in government spending, Raitt sees individual charitable donations as vital. "I think we’re gonna need to step up more and more in the private sector," she told the Honolulu Advertiser. She traces her choice to give back to her early roots growing up in a Quaker family.
  Another spotlight was cast on HWF's team this month by HBO's Vice News Tonight through an episode called "Plastic Oceans." The show, which ran nationwide, included an interview with HWF's Megan Lamson on site during a Kamilo Point cleanup event on Hawaii Island.
   This increased exposure comes at a very important time, as the ocean is currently in a state of crisis. With federal environmental protections and government regulations on the chopping block, we are literally in a race to save what can be saved.
   Our marine environment faces so many simultaneous threats – global warming, habitat destruction, species declining – sometimes you're not sure where to start.
   Our work, though multifaceted, continues to circle back to the problem of trash in the ocean, especially plastic trash, as it affects every life form, from the smallest fish to the largest, to turtles, marine mammals and even humans. As people ingest marine life, they are eating poison when seafood is contaminated with plastic.
   That's why we're one of several conservation groups that have joined together in a coalition called "Love The Sea." Our first event is a benefit concert for ocean preservation called "Ocean Aid." This all-day event will be held at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu on Oahu on Sunday, April 30. See the poster (at left) for more info.
   Ways you can help:
1) Plan to attend Ocean Aid on April 30 and invite your friends.
2) Make a donation to HWF to help us continue our important work.
> Listen to Ekolu talking about Ocean Aid

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