Hawaii State Parks Water Bottle Filling Station Project

Piles of water bottles removed from the ocean.
These beverage bottles were all collected from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands (Photo Credit: NOAA)

Type of Project: Marine Debris Prevention Grant

Region: Pacific Islands 

Project Dates: August 2018 - July 2021

Who is involved?
In an effort to protect Hawaii’s unique, diverse, and fragile environment, the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks will be installing 19 water bottle filling stations across 15 parks. The project aims to contribute towards the reduction of sources of marine debris through prevention. Efforts also include communication, outreach, and education components.  Hawaii State Parks is supported by a NOAA Marine Debris Program Prevent grant.

What is the project and why is it important?
Over 11 million people visit the Hawaii State Park System annually. Understanding that those who live and visit the islands contribute to land-based sources of marine debris, their filling stations aim to provide park users the opportunity and choice to refill their water bottles within the park to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that are used. The filling stations will be installed in parks on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island.

The project also includes important education and outreach components. Park staff are developing interpretive signage and outreach materials that will teach both residents and visitors about the harm that single-use plastic bottles pose if they enter the marine environment. Park staff will also offer beach cleanup opportunities to educate volunteers about the issue while removing marine debris.