Did you know that in the U.S. alone, more than 500 million plastic straws are used EVERY DAY? Much of this and other non-compostable waste ends up in our oceans — and in the stomachs of marine animals, many of which die from ingesting it.
Fortunately, more than 200 restaurants in Hawaii are supporting cleaner oceans through the non-profit Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. These restaurants use no polystyrene, plastic bags or plastic tableware for dine-in, recycle their waste and give out plastic straws only on request. Some go even further with no plastic bottles at all, and discounts if you bring your own reusable cup.
Starting today and in the next few weeks, three of them are holding pau hanas to support Surfrider Foundation. Here's where you can raise an ocean-friendly glass:
Merriman's Honolulu: Pau hana
When: Wednesday April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: 1108 Auahi St. #170, Kakaako, 215-0022
One of Oahu's best-known Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Merriman’s Honolulu locally sources 90 percent of a menu that's heavy on fresh seafood, meat and produce. At tonight's pau hana 15 percent of proceeds will go directly to Surfrider's Oahu Chapter.
Aloha Beer Company: Gypsy Jazz Night
When: Friday April 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: 700 Queen St., Kakaako, 544-1605
Gypsy Jazz Night, the first-ever event in Aloha Beer Company's outdoor beer garden, is open to anyone ages 21 and older. Tickets are $25 and include two beers, with additional food and drinks available for purchase. There'll be live music by gypsy jazz band Hot Club of Hulaville and limited valet parking, with street parking nearby. All proceeds will go to Surfrider Oahu.
Bevy: Pau hana
When: Wednesday May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: 675 Auahi St. #130, Kakaako
As if you need another reason to love happy hour at Bevy. This Ocean Friendly pau hana on May 8 is open to the public. No details yet on how much of the proceeds will benefit Surfrider, but Bevy's famous signature handcrafted cocktails are reason enough to go.