The Hawaiʻi Region includes four volunteer-based Chapters (Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Kona) that are part of the worldwide Surfrider Foundation network based in San Clemente, California. Chapter programs and campaigns focus on five initiatives: Plastic Pollution, Ocean Protection, Clean Water, Beach Access, and Coastal Preservation. In 2021, regional efforts led to the successful passage of groundbreaking coastal protection legislation and prioritized innovative initiatives aimed at addressing ocean-based plastic pollution, clean water, and climate change. Chapters continued to engaged our local communities with beach cleanups and virtual events.
- Won seven major campaign victories ranging from beach access to coastal protection
- Engaged Hawaiʻi Federal Representatives on coastal priorities
- Passed SB474, pivotal sea level rise legislation that supports the protection of Hawaiʻi coastlines
- Co-hosted the Coastal Resilience Working Group to develop community-based solutions for coastal erosion on the North Shore of Oʻahu
- Launched the North Pacific Hagfish Trap Project to engage citizen scientists and address ocean-based plastic pollution