The Keep Hawaii Clean Project, Salty Ciara

Gofundme Account Profile: gofund.me/t83vq554

Aloha, my name is Ciara and I’m a 15-year-old student from Oahu, Hawaii.  I need your help – Hawaii needs your help!

Being born and raised in Hawaii allowed me to develop a strong respect and connection for nature and the outdoors. I especially grew a love and passion for the ocean. I believe that the ocean is one of the most amazing things that this Earth has to offer us. It is also the most magnificent thing in my eyes. I hope others can see the ocean for all of its beauty as well. But we must remember that we must preserve it for the future generations of Hawaii.

I have been selected as a Youth Contributor for a Hawaii based organization called Decentsea (www.decentsea.com) who mentors young adults as they work hard to develop special seasonal projects focused on driving awareness for Hawaii's ocean and coastal sustainability.  I want to be a part of the next generation of young ambassadors who work to protect our precious Hawaiian coastlands! 

We want our beaches clean, our waters clear, and our honu and monk seals happy!  It's at the core of my character and who I am..! 

Just as Aloha is at the core of our culture – when it comes to nature and the ocean, there is a deeper meaning of give and take.  Just as nature and the ocean give itself to us; we must give back to nature and the ocean.

I will be working to raise awareness and donations for two key non-profit organizations this summer, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (www.sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org) and the Kaiwi Coastline Organization (www.hawaiikaihui.org).

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is a grassroots, local nonprofit organization run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers. They inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups. They also coordinate educational programs, public awareness campaigns, and help others run their own beach cleanups (which I also hope to do)!

The Kaiwi Coastline Organization has worked with local groups to help preserve the Ka Iwi shoreline since the 1970s.  Sandy’s Beach is my home and my heart; it’s a part of who I am and I will do everything I can to help protect this precious coastline.  Funds raised through my efforts will support conservation and cultural planning for the site, which is home to Native Hawaiian species and cultural sites. 

Decentsea has provided me with a new GoPro Camera and an initial donation of $250 to help me get started.  The GoPro gives me the ability to film and document my journey.  I will also have the responsibility of running a blog on the website so you can also follow my journey and learnings (http://www.decentsea.com/saltyciara/).

My plan is simple – create a compelling environmental effort campaign through the sales of bumper stickers and hats to raise money and awareness for my select non-profits!  The $250 Decentsea donation will help to fund a portion of the printing cost of my stickers and hats, but $250 is not enough..! 

I am asking for your collective help – a donation of any kind is never too small.  A donation of $20 and you will receive one of my stickers.  A donation of $50 you will receive a sticker and hat!  A donation of $100 or more and you will receive a sticker and a free 12 x 16 canvas print from decentsea.com’s wave photography collection!

Like Decentsea’s mission statement – I come to you with no shame, no holding back, and total pride!  Mahalo for reading this and many mahalos for your support as I begin my journey!