Surfrider Hilo believes in public beach access, a clean ocean, and supporting environmental efforts on the Big Island.
You can think about us with three concepts.
- Protection and enjoyment
We don’t want to put a velvet rope around a beach and tell people to keep off. We’re surfers, we’re beach goers, we’re watermen… We enjoy the coasts.
We’re a user group.
- Oceans, waves and beaches
Think coastlines, we’re engaged with environmental issues that affect our coastlines.
- Powerful activist network speaks to how we go about this mission. We are a grassroots organization. We’re local in many coastal regions.
We’re moms, we’re surfers, we’re kids and teens… we’re you. We’re engaged to protect what we love: oceans, waves and beaches.
We believe in preserving public access to all the beaches in Hawai`i, and this movement demonstrates the importance of that issue.
The clean up and surveying will take place every 28 days for 2 years. We’ll also begin an epic project of water quality testing in the same area that has been needed for almost 50 years.
We’re proud partners with the Hawai`i Wildlife Fund and join efforts in beach cleanups on the East and West side of the island.
We’ll update our calendar with upcoming movies, so be sure to check back.
We’re meeting at Crossfit Big Island, across from Ken’s House of Pancakes.
The entryway is at the turn-off from Banyan Drive.
1717 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo
For meeting details, contact the Chair of the Surfrider Hilo Chapter, James Kuriyama at
James Kuriyama is a student at UH Hilo, having experience and connections with ocean-related organizations. Moving from Washington state, he now resides on the East side of the Big Island in the Puna District.
Growing up in south Florida near the ocean and waterways led Joel to a passion for the outdoors and love of the ocean at a very young age. His obsession with surfing and the outdoors has brought him to one of the most beautiful places in the world and he feel a deep sense of responsibility to keep it so.
Joel says “We must be proactive in our efforts. There are some amazing folks on our island that deeply care about the ocean and the aina and its so cool that organizations like Surfrider allow us to stand together and stand up for good cause. Let’s keep or coastlines accessible and clean!
Beach Cleanup Coordinator
Megan is a California-born Aries who calls Hawai’i Island home. She’s addicted to the ocean in all its crazy ways and forms. She works as the Marine Debris Program Coordinator for Hawai`i Wildlife Fund and is the Owner-Operator of Mehana Consulting.
Stacey Breining graduated from UH Hilo in 2010 with her Bachelors in Marine Science. Today, she is currently involved with Hawaii Wildlife Fund helping in both anchialine pond restoration and beach clean ups.
She also volunteers with other non profits and community organizations such as: Surfrider Foundation- Hilo Chapter, Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition, Coach at Big Island Babes Junior Derby, Paradise Roller Girls.
Owner of Weblinx – linking Business and Social Media – a social media management company.