Yesterday, I trekked to a remote beach on Kaua’i’s north shore to check on a 15-day-old Hawaiian monk seal. Along the way, I found the left shoe of a child’s pair of sneakers, a mismatched pair of men’s flip flops, the sole of what was once running, skateboarding or tennis shoe and a pink slipper a la Cinderella.
You know how I feel about marine debris. (Just in case you don’t, read here and here. Oh, and here and here, too.)
Today, I received an email from the marketing folks at Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. I work with them part-time as editor of OutriggerHawaii.com. This is one reason why:
During the month of April, you can drop off your old, smelly, shredded athletic shoes at two Outrigger hotels—the OHANA Waikiki East and the Embassy Suites–Waikiki Beach Walk—and on April 26, the shoes will be delivered to Niketown in Waikiki where, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the store is collecting used shoes that will become part of the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. More.
In my mind, that’s a much better place to leave shoes, not the beach
Oh, and the pup? Safe and sound. Here is a picture that will melt your heart. The pup is one day old in this picture.