As a winter resident of Maui for the past 11 years, it is very disheartening to keep finding some of the most beautiful parts of the island, especially including various beaches and their surroundings, littered with the discarded remnants of the weekend and holiday beach-goers.
Sugar Beach in North Kihei is one of the most prevalent sites. On the weekdays that work takes me to the south side, I like to swim, take a walk and eat lunch on this beach. I often park alongside the lightly wooded area about a half-mile from Pi'ilani Highway headed towards Lahaina. Every day that I go there, the walk through the copse leading to the beach is covered in trash and often continues to spill onto the beach. How sad that people are unable and/or unwilling to be responsible for taking their "stuff" home with them. They took the trouble to load up their vehicles with all the food and drinks, etc., to come to the beach in the first place, and yet seem to feel they can just leave all the packaging and litter behind.
Could the county perhaps provide some metal trashcans with lids at the problem sites? Could "Do Not Litter" signs with indicating fines be erected? Could local police patrol problem areas? Could there be an educational program incorporated into schools so that children can pass on appropriate action to their parents?
This planet deserves to be treated with care and respect for all. Wildlife and nature are bombarded with toxic waste, and we need to pay greater attention to our actions.