Students, teachers participate in ‘Butts Off Our Beaches Day’

The Maui District Student Council Organization hosted cigarette butt cleanups around the island on Jan. 12 with support from the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Maui County.

Malama Maui Nui and Sustainable Coastlines pitched in to organize the cleanups. Students and local leaders collected more than 14,000 cigarette butts in less than two hours and gathered at the county administration building the next day to present their findings to the public and the County Council.

Recognizing their efforts, Mayor Alan Arakawa declared the day to be “Butts Off Our Beaches Day.”

The student organization, Surfrider Foundation and The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, along with many partners, will be working to see a tobacco-free beaches and parks bill introduced for Maui County.