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News and Media

News and Media

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

On my recent visit to the Big Island of Hawai'i in August, a few divers from Jack’s Diving Locker and I did a preliminary look at what the waters inside Honokohau Harbor looked like. 

Wow, were we surprised!  In just about a half hour, we started removing tires and other man-made debris from under four boat slips.  We just wanted to get a feel for what is down there. 

ODA volunteer Crew with Catch of the day

After we found so much junk, I contacted the Harbor Master and asked if we could do a more extensive underwater (UW) cleanup.  They didn't hesitate, and we now have a permit to do these cleanups for the next year. Right on!

Please Join This Valuable Effort

Our very first official cleanup is happening on Saturday, September 29th.

This is an all-hands-on-deck project!

We need the following volunteers:

  • Scuba divers
  • Someone who knows first aid
  • Folks who can assist with the removal by being on the docks. 

The more people we have, the more debris we'll be able to remove! 

We’ll meet at:

  • 9am
  • Jack’s Diving Locker

74-381 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

For directions visit Jack’s contact page.

What to Bring

So, bring your dive gear, and your friends and family.  We'll have trash containers on site, and some way to transport the items from the dock to the bins.

The only things you need to bring are gloves, sunscreen, a hat, and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We'll have all the other tools that it will take to make this a success.

ODA and Jack’s Diving Locker look forward to this great day of caretaking the harbor waters with you. See how to confirm below.

Harbor cleanup

Secure Your Spot

If possible, let us know your coming by shooting us a quick email. And if you’re going to dive, please make a $10 donation which includes a scuba tank at:

We hope to SEA you there for a fun and fulfilling time defending our ocean!


Let's protect this beautiful place together!!