Keeping Hawai’i's Beaches Clean

October 20, 2012 by  
Filed under charities, columns, Life in Hawaii

Hawai’i has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world . . . crystal blue water, soft white sand, lush greenery. So when these amazing landscapes become littered due to carelessness, it really bothers me. That’s why I’m so happy to support companies like Method, an environmentally-conscious cleaning product company.

Method is raising awareness about ocean plastic pollution and the importance of using recycled plastic through a new line of limited-edition bottles made from a blend of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic. This packaging is for a new Method product, a two-in-one hand and dish soap, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide.

Over the past year and a half, Method employees have worked with local volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i and the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation to hand-collect several tons of plastic from the beaches of Hawai’i, where the kinds of rigid, opaque plastic needed to make this packaging are most abundant. A portion of the product’s proceeds will go to these two Hawaiian organizations as part of Method’s efforts to establish an ongoing business model and supply chain for collecting and sorting plastic marine debris.

Together we can ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian scenery that we treasure today.
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Nemo invites you to Coastal Clean-Up Day at Makapu’u Beach Park – Sat. 9/15

September 12, 2012 by  
Filed under charities, columns, family activities

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Energizer Light Up A Life Champion for Kids: The Shop #EnergizerCFK #CBias

February 26, 2012 by  
Filed under charities, daily life, Life in Hawaii

For the second part of our Energizer Light Up A Life Champion for Kids Campaign we headed to our local WalMart store in Pearl City in search of items for our Survival Kit. Since the older girls were at school it was just Kaila and I on this mission.

Some of the things that we were looking for were health items like toothbrushes, OTC medicines, hand wipes, and band-aids. We also added in some bottled water and snacks which we know that kids would love. Socks were a good choice for those colder nights (right, Mom?) as well as sunscreen for sunny days.

And of course, Energizer flashlights and rechargeable batteries to help the kids find their way during those dark nights.

Thanks to WalMart we were able to find everything on our list. And since the prices were very reasonable we were able to get a lot of items for our money.

The downside to our shopping experience is that the Pearl City WalMart is currently reorganizing their layout so things were not where they usually are. This means it took us a little longer than anticipated to complete our mission. However, I’m sure that once we get used to the new floor plan we’ll be going through the store in no time at all.

As previously mentioned, our recipient is Child & Family Service located about 5 minutes from my home. We chose this charitable organization because (1) they help families in my community, (2) is Hawaii’s most comprehensive, private human service organization with programs on all islands, and (3) helps individuals from the tiniest babies to our treasured kupuna (elders).

Since they do not accept email correspondences regarding donations we contacted them via a phone call to arrange a time to drop off our Survival Kit. I explained to them about our charitable mission and they were very surprised to hear that bloggers are given opportunities like these. They were grateful for any donation they could get and we planned to drop everything off the next day.

Due to security concerns, we thought it would be better not to photograph any part of the shelter or their residents but I can say that they were very happy to receive our care package. It really wasn’t much on our part but it made us feel so wonderful to know that these items made a child’s day. I think we got more out of this mission than the recipients and we’re so grateful for the opportunity.

Check out the rest of our shopping experience on Google+!

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“This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias
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Energizer Light Up A Life Champions for Kids Campaign

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under charities, daily life, Life in Hawaii

In the back of our minds we all know that there are many children right in our own communities that need help – whether they’re homeless, victims of abuse, or just need a helping hand. And yes, we feel bad for their unfortunate circumstances and wish they had a better life but how many of us actually do something about it? I know I’m guilty of getting caught up in my every day responsibilities which end up putting my good intentions on the back burner. That’s why I’m so thankful for companies like Energizer and their Light Up a Life Champions for Kids Campaign which reminds us that we need to do something to help. And if we all join together and do just a little on our own individual parts maybe we can make a huge combined difference for kids everywhere!

Here’s how it works:

Just stop by your local store (we’re going to WalMart) and purchase small items that will make a difference in a child’s every day life. It doesn’t have to be anything big or lavish but the little things that we sometimes take for granted. Remember, some of these kids don’t have anything to call their own. Even if you look around your home you could probably find things that your kids are not using anymore and donate them to a local children’s charity organization.

Living in Hawaii, we don’t experience the kind of Winter weather that the majority of the other states get but for local homeless children even temperatures in the upper 60′s is pretty cold. That’s why we’ve decided to fill our Survival Kits with useful items like – toothbrushes, bandages, hand wipes, flashlight, batteries, bottled water, socks, and small snacks.  We even decided to include coloring books and crayons since all kids need to have a little fun, t00, right?

The recipient of our Survival Kit is Child & Family Service located about 5 minutes from my home. We chose this charitable organization because (1) they help families in my community, (2) is Hawaii’s most comprehensive, private human service organization with programs on all islands, and (3) helps individuals from the tiniest babies to our treasured k?puna (elders).

Photo courtesy of Child & Family Service

So what do you think? Want to help make a difference in the lives of needy children in your community? Stop by Champions for Kids for more information and do something about all those good intentions you’ve been meaning to do!

Stay tuned for The Shopportunity: Putting Together Our Survival Kit

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