It was a revelation that turned into a life mission.
Author Veronica Grey first learned about the great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch several years ago.
Little did she know, it would change her life forever.
Grey is now hoping to change other lives as well.
She is known across the country as Surf Lady and her mission in life is simple.
"As soon as I heard about the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch it's like all the energy I had going into other projects I just put it into this one," Veronica Grey said.
Grey is an award-winning filmmaker from California, who travels across the country educating people about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating mass of trash brought together by ocean currents.
Grey says research shows that 25 percent of our planet's surface is now a floating landfill and it is filled with tons of plastics.
"Yes, I've devoted my life to it, getting as many people aware of the cause because it really boils down to things we can all do about plastics," Grey said.
Grey initially started shooting video on the subject on her smartphone.
But that soon evolved into something bigger when a producer from Canada saw its potential for the big screen.
Now the environmental documentary "Aqua Seafoam Shame" is up for best documentary at several film festivals.
"And it's not because of any special effects or anything it's just that people are really concerned about what's going on with the environment so I'm really pleased," Grey said.
Friday, the film's director's cut will premier at Surfer the Bar at the Turtle Bay Resort.
She says if people can't make it out to the north shore, they can see the entire film online.
"We really feel the subject matter is too important so we made it available online for free in its entirety its on our website pacific-tv.com," Grey said.
Although based in California, Grey hopes to one day call Hawaii home. She also hopes her passion to protect our precious ocean environment and resources will be shared by other island residents.
"There is no amount of money that can fix it, no amount of anything that can fix it, we really just have to as a society stop using plastic," Grey said.
A revelation that became an obsession and is now a life mission.
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