Beauty and Trouble at Chinaman’s Hat

Arriving at the beach looking out at Mokoli’i rock, known to residents as Chinaman’s Hat, it was a fine view on a fine afternoon.  We could see the tide was in, and small but persistent waves were thrashing at a very steep and narrow beach.  Just a short distance off the beach, a berm had been placed, apparently to slow beach erosion.  It was a fine view.  People can paddle out to the rock at low tide, when much of the distance from the beach can be walked.

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View of Chinaman’s Hat from the beach.  Berm is just offshore

The fine beach sands had been removed, sorted out by waves.  Only the large, coarse grains remained.  Taking a closer look, there were scattered objects of unnatural color all over.

Welcome friends, to ocean plastics.

I knelt down where the debris stopped and began picking bits of plastic out of the sand.  I set down small pieces of driftwood to bound a sampling area.  I only picked off what was on the sand surface, I did not dig down.

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Sample area, with plastic debris at bottom center.  Area is roughly 16″ on a side

plastic debris close up

Closer view: some pieces looked like packaging material from personal care items.  Walking stick at upper left for scale.

This is a travel blog, no preaching allowed, but ocean plastics used to be part of my work.  Every bit of plastic that’s ever gotten into the ocean is still there, just becoming smaller and easier for fish to eat.  It’s refined petroleum, so if we eat fish, well ….

Turning west from the beach, there is a beautiful and imposing ridge, site of Kualoa Ranch.  Jurassic Park was filmed over the top of the ridge in the valley beyond.

jurassic closeup




3 responses to “Beauty and Trouble at Chinaman’s Hat

  1. Muy bonita la foto con la isla de sombrero chino al fondo Lo que me sorprende es el plástico de la costa. Parece que ningún rincón del planeta se escapa de este desastre de contaminacion. Al parecer los desechos plasticos de los mares son de dimensiones alarmantes. Que tristeza.
    Hawai Paraiso Terrenal pero no escapa del plástico.
    Gracias por la reseña

  2. Coro, Gracias por su comentario! La presencia de esa cantidad de plástico en Hawaii tiene que ver con la circulación de los corrientes del mar Pacifico, no por los malos hábitos de los Hawaiianos; ellos son muy conscientes en esas cosas.

  3. Si me imagine. La contaminación es globa. No importa donde contamines o no, los efectos los puedes encontrar en los lugares más remotos. Es muy triste lo que pasa en los mares y aguas.

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