For 35 years, Surfrider Foundation protected the oceans and preserved the coasts. What started as a small group of surfers Malibu trying to protect their local surf spot has grown into one of America’s largest and best-known nonprofit environmental protection organizations. Today, Surfrider has 86 sections across the country, with over a million supporters, activists and volunteers. Together, they have racked up legal victories in the protection of the ocean, coasts and marine life.
On Saturday October 12, Chapter of Surfrider Foundation Maui will hold his 4th Annual Ocean Guardian Awards Gala recognize the people and businesses who have helped defend the ocean, land and environment. the Guardian of the Ocean 2019 the laureates are Campbell Farrell, Lucienne de Naieand local business Skyline Hawai’i.
Campbell Farrell is an experienced waterman and a great wave surfer. He organized the Beach cleaning hard to reach of Pe’ahi and helped with many other beach cleanups on the the north coast of Maui. His non-profit organization I love the sea help stewards of the oceans around the world fight plastic pollution and keep our oceans clean. He greatly contributed to the Ocean Aid Music Festival and participated in the Eat less travel plastic in the South Pacific.
Lucienne de Naie, who now lives on a small farm in East Maui, has been Vice President of Surfrider Maui for 15 years. She has participated in several beach cleanups and regularly testifies on coastal projects. De Naie helped Save Ma’alaea Campaign and co-founded Maui Coastal Land Trust. She has served on various citizen planning committees such as Maui County General Plan Advisory Committee, Focus Maui Nui Advisory Board, and Honoapi’ilani Highway Realignment Working Group.
Local firm’s fellow Skyline Hawai’i is known for his Skyline Conservation Program who has been proactive in preserving land and forests. It recently expanded its program to also protect the ocean. The program has already restored six acres of native forest. The company also sponsored water bottle filling stations at Ha’iku and Lihikai Elementary Schools as part of the Skyline Wipe Out Plastic grant program and regularly takes groups of students on tree planting trips all over Maui. The company has refused to sell or distribute plastic water bottles or plastic bags since opening in 2002, and it became a carbon neutral company in 2007 with 100% carbon offsetting.
“This annual fundraiser is a celebration of Surfrider Maui’s volunteers and supporters and the accomplishments of the year,” said Rebecca pang, Ocean Guardian Awards Coordinator for Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter.
Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter was elected on Best Environmental Non-Profit through MauiTime readers for three years. The organization played a role in the Maui Countyban on plastic bags, polystyrene and oxybenzone. Surfrider Maui also fought to protect Ma’alaea, Pe’ahi and Honolua development, and has been involved in legal battles over wastewater treatment plants in Kanaha and Ka’anapali. The group also organizes beach cleaning, protection of marine life, contribution to research and preservation of public access to the coasts. Surfrider Foundation helps restaurants become ocean-friendly by reducing plastic waste and refusing the use of polystyrene containers, plastic straws and other pollutants.
“Surfrider Maui is doing an important job to protect our ocean, our beaches and our beloved reefs,” said Mike Ottman, president of the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter. “We invite all who love the ocean to celebrate our victories with us and find out how we, as a community, can continue to implement positive change.”
The awards gala features live ukulele music from Derick sebastian, kitchen Andaz Maui, a silent auction and rewards program. Andaz Maui and Lyft will offer discounts for all participants wishing to use their services. The event is open to the public and will be held in Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Saturday October 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at Maui.surfrider.org/ocean-guardians. Surfrider Maui is actively seeking table sales, sponsorships, and silent auction items. If you would like to contribute, you can contact Rebecca Pang at [email protected]
Image courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter