I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and I'm deeply in love with our oceans.  At 13 I moved to Virginia with my family and I went on to study metal smithing at Virginia Commonwealth University.  While working as a goldsmith in Richmond, Va., I became frustrated as I walked to work and saw how much plastic was littering roadsides.  I began to connect with the idea that litter eventually washes into rivers, which drain into oceans as I read that hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic now clog our seas.  Although I was constantly avoiding plastic in grocery stores and picking up litter as I saw it, I felt compelled to do more.  I moved back to the Big Island, started removing debris from our coastlines and looking for solutions to the problem.