Wednesday, July 24

Woman on Mission...

On Sunday R and I played tourists and  found Kumukuma Beach aka Donkey Beach. It's  only a short distance from our home and would deem perfect for my mission.

Suppose I should tell you a bit more about this mission...
When we lived on Molokai a few years ago, my hubby, seal pal Diane and I did a weekly monk seal monitoring trek to Laau Pt. This hike is approximately 8 miles round trip, with amazing vistas and  we would often see a dozen seals along the way.  Unfortunately, we also encountered vase amounts of rubbish and plastics. Not only is this trash ugly and dirty it's causing problems for  marine  life, birds and other wildlife. They are often  found entangled, feeding it to their young and the plastics are poisoning them.  One day we decided to take a trash bag with us every time we went out to collect as much trash as we could handle packing out. So every week we hauled out someone else's trash and debris that washed ashore. At first it appeared we weren't making a dent  but after numerous trips, believe or not we could see the difference. My mission is to continue that practice here on Kauai and Donkey Beach looks the perfect place to begin.
 Looking south on Donkey Beach

 Some of the beautiful driftwood on the beach
and  the not so beautiful plastic
 My goal is to take my 5 gallon bucket and pick up junk until it's full.
Took me about 1 hour to collect this bucket full.
I love the beach and if you ever come visit I want the beach to be beautiful.
So once or twice a week this will be me...
A woman on a Mission!
Note:  Here on Kauai there are at least  2  groups (that I know of)  called Surfriders and
Net Patrol that do weekly debris cleanup and I plan to join their efforts.


  1. fantastic idea, clean up the beaches and also very good exercise picking it up and hauling that bucket. and of course the beauty of it all while you do it is priceless

  2. That's a BEAUTIFUL mission! We commend you for your hard work. We always are amazed that people can be such slobs.

    Rock on!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  3. Kudos to you! It is sad how much trash is washing around in our oceans and rivers. Every little bit picked up helps!

  4. Really cool that you are doing that! Too bad people can't pick up after themselves!

    So, are there actual donkeys on Donkey Beach? I love donkeys!

  5. It sad that others won't clean up after themselves but great that other people are joining together to help make a difference!

  6. Every little bit helps. Keep up the good work.

    Millie & Walter

  7. Hey Val. Love to keep with on the blog.

  8. This is Awesome! Imagine if everyone would just do their share. :)

  9. What a wonderful mission!

    Your Pals Who Did Not Get The Royal Baby Named After Either Of Them,

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. Thank you for your kindness! This story should be on Kauai daily news. You are an awesome woman!

  11. That's a great goal. This isn't in the US anymore, is it? It looks beautiful?

  12. That is a wonderful plan! You get to be out and walk the beach and do something great all at the same time!

  13. Sure is pretty. Makes me crazy when people litter up natural places. Good for you for helping to clean up.

  14. Mahalo nui loa Val! Most people would just walk right on by and leave the trash there. I don't know why people can't use a trash can or take the trash back with them once they leave the beach. You are doing a very good thing.

  15. Great job and kudos to you. Mom loved Kauai
    Benny & Lily

  16. That's a great mission! I remember when we were in Kauai several years ago there was one beach in particular that I guess due to its location was just full of trash. It was so sad - but an even more sad remember of how much trash is out in the big beautiful ocean!

    I try to pick up a dog poop's bag worth of stuff sometimes when I take Rita to the bay. Luckily there are tons of trash cans and regular "clean up" days so the beach isn't too bad there, but there are always lots of small bits of candy wrappers and what not. Sure seems like at least here, most trash is tied to junk food!


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