Surfrider Kauai

Protecting Kauai's Ocean Resources

Surfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter Information

Surfrider's Mission Statement

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (C.A.R.E.).

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You, our volunteers and chapter members, power everything Surfrider does. We are truly a grass-roots organization, and none of us at the local level are paid a cent for our efforts. We are motivated by our love of the ocean, waves, and beaches and by our strong desire for a healthy marine environment, for ourselves and future generations.

To find out more on what you can do to help, contact our volunteer coordinator:


Although we are a chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, our annual operating cost are almost entirely supported by your donations. One-hundred percent of your tax deductible funds raised by our chapter stay here in the community. The Kauai Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will gratefully accept any financial contribution or donation that doesn't compromise our dedication to our mission.
If you would like to Donate, please use the Paypal button below for general Donations to the chapter or contact our treasurer: Call 808 337 9977 or email for more information.
Please use the Monk Seal Reward Fund Donation Button on top of page for that cause.

General questions, comments, or to be added to our e-mail list:

Map of Kauai

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Rising Above Plastics

This spring, the Surfrider Foundation is rolling out a new educational campaign called Rise Above Plastics. Its mission:

"To reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics."

For more information on Rise Above Plastics, Click Here

GMO Free Surfrider Kauai

The Kaua'i Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation opposes genetically modified plants (GMOs) growing in the open air on the island of Kaua'i for the following reasons:

1. Growing these plants are experimental. These plants have genes that are designed to insert traits in plants that may be harmful to other plants and animals including humans. Growing these plants is a huge open air experiment with our island as the guinea pigs.
2. There is no need for this technology except for the sponsoring companies to sell more of their chemicals.
3. These plants contaminate local organic agriculture and can harm business.

The Chapter supports organic agriculture because, except for manure, it is ocean friendly.

Blue Water Task Force Results

The Blue Water Task Force is our water quality testing program.

It is comprised of a group of individuals who the second Saturday morning of the month, paddle out to various surf spots on the island, and collect a water sample to be tested later in our lab. If you are interested in participating in the BWTF, or would like to find out more, contact Project Manager Dr. Carl Berg: 808-639-2968 or


Surfriders Kauai Blue Water Task Force        
may 15, 2011        
Enterococcus bacterial concentration per 100 ml        
Site     Single Site Year
      results mean
Waikoko     20 16.4
Middles     97 13.1
Pinetrees     52 9.5
Bowl     249 15.2
Kalihiwai     20 11.7
Rock Quarry     nt 220.1
Anahola     10 6.1
Kealia     98 8.5
Lydgate     1254 21.1
Moloa'a     256
Hanamaulu Stream 41 163.1
Kalapaki Bay     52 30.8
Nawiliwili Stream     135 276.5
Niumalu County Beach Park     857 219.6
Waiohai      <10 2.3
PK's     <10 5.5
Salt Pond     10 6.4
Waimea River     855 651.9
Pakalas - stream area     nt 431.2
Pakalas - camp area     20 37.1
Single sample should be <104        
Geomean of last 5 samples <35        

Funny Video about Plastic Bottles in the future

Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Bottled Water

Americans drank 8.8 billion gallons of bottled water in 2007, up more than 7% from 2006.. Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing—producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy.

1.) * It takes approximately three 8oz bottles of water to make one disposable plastic bottle…so that we can get 8oz of hydration.

2.) * Approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil—enough to run 100,000 cars for a whole year—are used to make plastic water bottles, while transporting these bottles burns even more oil. Imagine a water bottle filled a quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce and transport the bottle.
3.) * 40 billion plastic bottles plastic bottles end up in landfills each year, costing cities as much as 70 million in cleanup costs annually. Is this really how we want to spend our tax dollars?
4.) * In 2006, the equivalent of 2 billion half-liter bottles of water were shipped to U.S. ports, releasing thousands of tons of global warming pollution and other air pollution.
5.) * The bottled water industry spends millions of dollars a year to convince us that their product is somehow safer or healthier than tap water, when in fact that's just not true.
6.) * Disposable bottled water has far less rigorous testing requirements than city tap water for bacteria and chemical contaminants. There are no requirements for bottled water to be disinfected or tested for parasites such as cryptosporidium or giardia.
7.) * 3 out of 4 Americans drink bottled water. 1 in 5 will only drink bottled water, (although it’s far less regulated than tap water) and in blind taste tests across the county, 2/3rds of people couldn’t even tell the difference.
8.) * The irony here, of course, is that about 40% of bottled water is actually tap water, which is typically free and is much better regulated and more rigorously tested than bottled water.
9.) * In the US, bottled water corporations such as Nestle are draining billions of gallons of water from rural communities around the country, limited or depleting well water available to the citizens who live there.
10.) * Unfortunately, only about 15% of plastic bottles are recycled. The rest are sent to landfills. Or, even worse, they end up as trash on the land and in rivers, lakes, and the ocean.
Bonus * Plastic debris in the environment can take between 400 and 1,000 years to degrade.



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