Search form

Let's Talk story

Turtle Bay's blog


Posted on Fri, 2019/03/08 - 2:52pm by Laura Purdy

Founded by musician Jack Johnson and his wife Kim, the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation’s (KHF) mission is to support environmental education in schools and communities across Hawai‘i.

In 2017, Turtle Bay Foundation recognized KHF with $10,000 and its special Community Award. The funds were used to build and implement programs in North Shore schools to teach farm-to-table learning, recycling and plastic reduction.

As North Shore residents, we see first-hand the severity of our oceans’ plastic pollution crisis. KHF also runs the highly lauded Plastic Free Hawai‘i program, which provides resources, tools and training to educate the community about the environmental benefits of being plastic free. Plastic Free Hawai‘i has never been more visible at Turtle Bay Resort than it is now. In addition to being named a Plastic-Free Business Partner by Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation, the resort is currently home to a 24-foot wave sculpture shaped like the iconic Pipeline Barrel titled “Plastic Free Pipeline.” The sculpture, which was created in collaboration with artist Ethan Estress, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i, World Surf League’s WSL Pure and Turtle Bay Resort, was created from recycled and found marine debris gathered from the beaches of Kahuku Point.

“Plastic Free Pipeline” will be on exhibit at Turtle Bay Resort until March 31st as an interactive display educating visitors and the community about the impact of plastic pollution and inspiring action.

Turtle Bay Resort is a plastic-free resort offering compostable cups, paper straws, refillable water thermoses and free water stations throughout the property. To learn more about our green practices, click here.