- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - An impromptu, word-of-mouth celebration at a Honolulu beach left some locals unhappy on Memorial Day morning.

Hundreds of beachgoers participated in the “Floatilla” event in Waikiki, but they left a mess for others to pick up the next morning, reported Hawaii News Now (https://bit.ly/1P5rXxz).

Pohai McWhirter and some friends spent nearly two hours picking up and throwing away all the trash on Monday morning. They found nearly 200 flotation devices scattered on the beach, as well as alcohol bottles, coolers and shoes left behind.

“I don’t feel it unifies it us at all,” McWhirter said of the event. “It’s people leaving a mess and people cleaning it up.”

Environmentalist Kahi Pacarro is trying to preserve the reputation of the Fourth of July Floatilla, which is unaffiliated with the impromptu Floatilla Hawaii held on Sunday.

During the Independence Day event, Pacarro’s group, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, helps keep things clean and even hauls out floating trash cans.

Pacarro said he knew nothing about Sunday’s event.

“Of course we’re angered, who wouldn’t be angered?” he said. “I don’t think anyone can look at those photos (of the aftermath) and be like ‘Wow that looks like a good time.’”

The organizers of Sunday’s event said in a statement that they weren’t as prepared for the beach crowds as they expected to be.


Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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