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Volunteer for a Cleaner Ocean

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At Maui Ocean Center, we’re not just about showcasing marine life; we’re dedicated to actively preserving it. That’s why we invite individuals, residents, and visitors alike, to join us in our mission to restore and safeguard our marine environments through the MOC Marine Institute’s Honu Hero Beach Cleanup Program.

Why Beach Cleanups Matter: Combating Plastic Pollution

Taking part in beach cleanups is not just a commendable activity; it’s a crucial step towards combating the pervasive issue of plastic pollution. Shockingly, a staggering 10 million tons of plastic find their way into our oceans each year. Approximately 50% of all plastic production serves single-use purposes, contributing significantly to the pollution crisis. Sadly, less than 9% of the plastic waste generated globally is recycled, leaving the rest to linger in our ecosystems. The devastating toll on marine life is heart-wrenching. Each year, an estimated 1 million marine animals lose their lives due to plastic pollution. 


By participating in beach cleanups, we directly combat these alarming statistics. It’s a tangible way for individuals to make a significant impact and protect our precious marine environments.

How Can You Volunteer for a Beach Cleanup?

Join us in making a real difference in safeguarding marine life and ensuring a vibrant ocean for generations to come!

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Planning Your Cleanup

Costs and Group Sizes

What's in Your Honu Hero Cleanup Kit?

Each cleanup kit contains essential tools to make your effort effective and convenient. It includes a sturdy bucket for collecting debris, a datasheet, clipboard, pens, and protective gloves. These kits are available for pick-up at the Maui Ocean Center admission gate on Tuesdays through Fridays.

More About the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute

Established in April 2016 and introduced at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, HI, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute (MOC Marine Institute) is a non-profit organization deeply committed to the preservation of Hawai’i’s marine ecosystem.


The institute’s mission is to instill a sense of lifelong environmental stewardship and safeguard the survival of coral reefs and sea turtles (honu) in Hawai’i. This commitment is executed through a multidimensional approach rooted in science-based conservation initiatives, comprehensive educational programs, and widespread outreach efforts.


By combining scientific research with community engagement and education, the MOC Marine Institute stands at the forefront of marine conservation in Hawai’i, striving to ensure the long-term health and resilience of these crucial ecosystems.