ocean plastic


Marine Debris Research; DHHL Acting Director: William Aila, Wake Island Money Pit, National Archives Month

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Hawaii researchers have found that the majority of plastic marine debris washing up on shores is from abroad.

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Plastic and oceans are a bad combination. It’s a growing problem not only here in Hawai‘i but around the Pacific. And an event this week in Indonesia is the latest reminder.


A decade ago, Marcus Erikson jumped aboard a boat made of plastic bottles to make a Pacific Crossing and to make a point about marine debris. It was what he thought, a good cause - to draw attention to the garbage patch and to find a solution to the growing marine plastic pollution. He reflected on the nerve-wracking trip, as no one knew for sure if the boat would hold together for the trip, but it did. A decade later, he tells us he is encouraged and hopeful for the future.



Disaster Preparedness; Pacific Garbage Patch; “I Promise” School; Bon Dance

Lessons from Lane

The Conversation: Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Jun 27, 2018
Chris Jordan

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban; Examining Hawaii Pesticide Ban; Helicopter Tour CEO Responds to Noise Complaints; Albatross Film

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There is more news today about what scientists have called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” A team of researchers has found that the mass of floating trash is even bigger than previously estimated. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


After marine scientists found a huge patch of plastic garbage in the North Pacific Ocean, they figured there might be one in the South Pacific as well. Now they’ve found it, and it’s huge…details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Wikimedia Commons

A tiny, uninhabited island in the south Pacific is, according to scientists, “the most polluted, most remote island in the whole world.” More on Henderson Island from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

This is the last weekend to enjoy a particularly splash making exhibit at Spalding House in Makiki.  “Plastic Fantastic?” features beautiful art made of or about plastic debris.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s progress on ways to deal with this ubiquitous, non-disposable substance. 

“Plastic Fantastic?” continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Spalding House in Makiki through Sunday. 

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