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'Ohana Brough To Clean at Ka Iwi Beach Park

By   Mason H.  Posted Thursday, April 18, 2013

kaiwi jbb 13March 9, 2013 -- A determined group of volunteers led by students from the University Laboratory School’s Project Pono, beautified the landscape at the fourth annual Ka Iwi State Park Cleanup at Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline.  The cleanup was aimed at restoring and cleaning the state park, located between Waimanalo and Hawai’i Kai. “We painted the Wamamalu bridge to cover up the graffiti, and we removed the waste that people toss into the park from the highway.  We also picked and dug out the invasive pickleweed plants,” said senior, Allena V.  “We made a lot of progress,” she added. Sophomore, Noah T.  helped dispose of nails and other trash on the beach.  “I enjoyed the hard work and manual labor,” he said. “This was my first time coming to Ka Iwi, and I didn’t know what to expect,” said sophomore, Angelina E. “I feel like we did a lot to help out the community, and I gave myself a workout, I feel accomplished.” Project Pono’s Flash Monthly Operation Beach Cleanup (Flash M.O.B.) team, led by junior, Michelle A., also performed energetic flash mob routines on the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail and on the beach in the state park.   “We dance to raise awareness about our beach cleanups, because our cleanups help to raise awareness on how harmful marine debris are to the ocean and beaches,” said Michelle A. Before the work day began, an optional hour-long hike was held on the Makapu’u lighthouse trail to pick up trash and do a flash mob routine.  Everyone at the cleanup then joined hands as junior Alex U., led an ‘oli called, “E Ho Mai” to put volunteers in the proper state of mind for the work they were in for.  After a safety briefing, volunteers worked for two hours at the state park, then performed a final flash mob routine.  Everyone came together to chant another ‘oli to end the work day, and received a free pizza lunch.   The Ka Iwi cleanup project was created three years ago by Joshua Picanco and Kaylenn Fitzgerald from the class of 2011, who saw a need to restore Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline.  “There’s only one caretaker of Ka Iwi that comes here every day and does basic maintenance, like emptying the trash cans.  That’s why we count on the community groups and the schools to help,” said Martha Yent.  Martha works on promoting the history of Ka Iwi with the State Parks Interpretive Program. “They’re a real benefit, and they make the park look nice.”

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