Many of us will be driving our cars to the beach this weekend. That’s okay. Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and diverse political affiliations and modes of transportation. This is more about the universal quest to utilize optional, clean power sources. The Hands Across the Sands event this Saturday, June 26th, is about people, joining together to make a statement about their concerns and express their desire to protect our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry, particularly from the devastating effects of off-shore oil drilling. This group started before the tragedy in the Gulf (and the spills in the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef this year).
A Message To The World
Hands Across the Sand is now international. Check the website to find groups organized in your area, or help plan your own. Any person in any country may plan events on this website. This is a peaceful gathering of the people of the world. Planning an event is as simple as this:
- Go to your beach on June 26 at 11 AM in your time zone.
- Form lines in the sand and at 12:00, join hands.
The image is powerful, the message is simple. NO to Offshore Oil Drilling, YES to Clean Energy.
The Movement Started
In Florida on Saturday, February 13, 2010, a statewide gathering against offshore oil drilling occurred. Thousands of Floridians representing 60 towns and cities and over 90 beaches joined hands to protest the efforts by the Florida Legislature and the US Congress to lift the ban on oil drilling in the near and off shores of Florida. Florida’s Hands Across The Sand event was the largest gathering in the history of Florida united against oil drilling. Thousands joined hands from Jacksonville to Miami Beach and Key West to Pensacola Beach, each against oil drilling in Florida’s waters.
- To organize a national movement to oppose offshore oil drilling and champion clean energy and renewables. These gatherings will bring thousands of American citizens to our beaches and cities and will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against the threat oil drilling poses to America’s coastal economies and marine environment.
- To convince our State Legislators, Governors, Congress and President Obama to stop the expansion of offshore oil drilling and to adopt policies encouraging clean and renewable energy sources. America needs legislation that creates tax incentives and subsidies to encourage the growth of clean energy and renewable industries for America’s future.
Join hands with us and draw a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling.
Here’s where it’s happening in Hawai’i. Thanks to Frankie Stapleton of Hilo for the heads up. Note the times for the Hilo event are earlier in the day — see below.
Haleiwa, Waimea Bay – North Shore, Oahu
Amy Graves / John Bojus
61-031 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa
Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Black Pot Beach
Rebekah Haroldsen ; email@example.com
Hanalei Beach next to Pier: Kuhio Hwy to Hanalei. Turn right on Aku. This road ends at Weke Road. Turn right continue to Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park or Black Pot Beach. Black Pot Beach is closest to Pier end of road.
Hilo, Hilo Bay
Frankie Stapleton ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; 808/9658945
Hilo Bay event set for 8-9 a.m., Hilo Bayfront
The Hilo event is planned for earlier in the day from the other Hawaii sites (Waikiki and Laniakea on Oahu, Hapuna in West Hawaii) because Moku O Hawaii’s Keaukaha Canoe Regatta will be taking place all day long along Hilo’s Bayfront. Moku O Hawaii OCRA has graciously agreed to join our effort and we’re going to gather at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, on the seashore closest to Pauahi Street in Hilo, with our ceremony taking place at 8 a.m.
Rob Barreca ; email@example.com ; 808-224-1905
Near Duke Statue (kalakaua And Uluniu). Meet down on Waikiki Beach near the movie screen on the sand, just next to the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu.
Kaanapali, Kahekili Beach Park
Darla White ; firstname.lastname@example.org
To get to Kahekili Beach Park, drive west on the Honoapi’ilani Highway (State Route 30) through Lahaina and past Ka’anapali Parkway on the left. Turn left at the next traffic signal, Kai Ala Drive (the road on the right at this intersection is named Puukolii Road). Kahekili Beach Park’s parking lot is straight ahead. It looks like you’re going into the Westin parking lot, but in fact, that lot is to the right.
Kailua-kona, Pine Trees
Leilani Lee ; email@example.com
Kamuela, Hapuna Beach State Park
Eve Kuhlmann: firstname.lastname@example.org ; 415-342-9532
Mile marker #69 on Highway 19 Queen K
Kapaa, Lydgate Park
Diana LaBedz, Surfrider Foundation: DianaLaBedz@aol.com ; 808-337-9977
Gather at Lydgate State Park, on the east shore of Kauai.
Amy: email@example.com ; 310-270-6244
Head south on the Piilani Highway (Hwy 31). When the road dead ends at the Shops of Wailea, make a left onto Wailea Alanui. Head south for a few miles past all the resorts into the town of Makena. We will gather at the first entrance to Makena Beach.
Napili Bay, Maui
K. Schall ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Highway 30 to Napilihau, to bottom, then left, one mile down lower road……please join us on our beautiful beach that is constantly giving to us…Time to give back….See you there..:)
Patrick Doyle / Trisha Kehaulani Watson ; email@example.com
Laniakea Beach is located at the 4 mile marker of Kamehameha Hwy on Northshore of Oahu
Keesha ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; 808-283-9886
Baldwin Beach Park, Paia: Approx. a mile west of Pa’ia, at the 6-mile marker off Hana Hwy/State Hwy 36
Paia Maui, Ho’okipa
Ocean Defender ; email@example.com
Ho’okipa Beach Park, North Shore Maui.