Plastic: Dangerous...and Beautiful?


Totem 2 by Peter Shepard Cole

What is the number one pollutant in the oceans today? The answer is plastic bottles, which are circling the globe, under our feet, and possibly in our food.  HPR's Noe Tanigawa found plastic detritus is being transmuted into art by painter, Peter Cole. 

Find Peter Shepard Cole’s one night pop up show at Morning Glass Cafe in Manoa, 7-10pm this Friday, August 17th.

Below, the listing on the Kokua Hawai'i website plus info on a film screening on Thursday.

Join us on August 17th at Morning Glass in Mānoa from 7pm - 10pm as local artist Peter Cole debuts four totem paintings of objects found beachcombing at Kahuku Point. The totems are a hybrid of organic objects and mass produced plastic items. “They are intended to portray our culture, a product of various influences that have washed ashore since becoming part of this global economy in 1778,” said Peter Cole.  50% of the sale of these art pieces will be donated to KHF’s Plastic Free Hawaii program.  Email for event

“Message in the Waves” Film Screening
Join Plastic Free Hawaiʻi as we screen “Message in the Waves” on August 16th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks' EcoLounge in conjunction with Ocean Devotion. The evening will feature upcycled t-shirt bag making and other family friendly crafts as well as a speaker who will focus on the latest developments from the Japan tsunami and the marine debris that is making its way to Pacific Northwest shores. Watch the “Message in the Waves” trailer. Contact

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