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Make Waves for Change: Beer Benefits Galveston Bay Foundation

Something is brewing in the Bay! Del Papa Distributing, in collaboration with Kona Big Wave, is ready to make a splash for our community. On this Earth Day, 2024, we are proud to announce a fundraising campaign benefitting Galveston Bay Foundation – local guardians of Galveston Bay since 1987.

For the months of May and June, you choose Kona Big Wave in Galveston and Brazoria Counties and Del Papa Distributing will give back to Galveston Bay Foundation. Are you at your favorite restaurant or venue? Order Kona Big Wave and a portion of the proceeds from that beer could help habitat restoration on the shorelines. Are you shopping at your local grocery store? Purchase with power knowing $10 for every case of Kona Big Wave Sold can help conserve lands in your hometown. After all, we are all Ohana.

Ohana Means Family

Ohana means family! Both Kona Big Wave and Del Papa Distributing have roots in Ohana. Founded by a father and son, Kona Brewing Co. reflects the beauty of their native Hawaii. Del Papa Distributing was founded by Omero Del Papa, an Italian immigrant whose good name and love of community allowed him to secure a strategic partnership with Anheuser-Busch, bringing iconic brands to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Which brings us to today, where we extend the opportunity to local consumers to choose Ohana this May-June as we support the spirit of Ohana that is reflected in the work of Galveston Bay Foundation.

Your Choices Make Change

In 1970, we united around the world’s first “Earth Day,” motivating consumers to make good choices for the sake of our planet. This year, consumers have the power to choose for the sake of the Galveston Bay! Since 1987, Galveston Bay Foundation has been working to ensure the future of Galveston Bay – healthy and vibrant, connected and protected by people, and adding to a sense of community. 

Did you know some of your favorite restaurants partner with Galveston Bay Foundation in their Oyster Shell Recycling Program? Since 2011, the program has collected over 1,300 tons of shells from local restaurants to use in habitat restoration projects. Want to enhance your impact? When you dine out this May and June, order Kona Big Wave at one of these participating restaurants: BLVD. SeafoodCajun GreekCrazy Alan’s Swamp Shack (Kemah), Fish TalesFisherman’s WharfGaido’sGrand Galvez Bar & GrillKritikos GrillNick’s Kitchen & Beach BarShuck’s Tavern & Oyster BarThe Aquarium.

Oyster Shells fill 2 blue recycling bins.
Oyster Shells from Galveston Bay Foundation Oyster Recycling efforts.

We are proud to offer #BeersForTheBay this summer!

*The following images were provided by Galveston Bay Foundation. 

A pelican stands on a stump in Galveston Bay.
A person with a bucket collected oyster shells.
Two dolphins poke their heads above water.
Students are holding a net while standing waist deep in water.
A girl is planting marsh grass.
A white crane stands in a marsh.
Bird's eye view of six people working to recycle oysters in the Galveston Bay.
A beautiful sunset over the marsh.