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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             September 22, 2005 Release No. M-70

 

 

VOLUNTEERS PITCH IN FOR NATIONAL PUBLIC

LANDS DAY

 

            Scores of volunteers will be cleaning up three sites in or near Waikiki on Saturday, September 24, 2005, as part of Honolulu’s observance of National Public Lands Day, an effort that’s being coordinated by the City Department of Environmental Services.

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“Getting involved in your community means doing the little things – picking up trash in the streams, your neighborhood and your local park, to cleaning up after your pets,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “Environmental stewardship may begin in your own backyard, but it doesn’t have to end there. In the Hawaiian traditions of malama and aloha ‘aina, we must also tend to the places that we all share.  That’s why we’re supporting these efforts for the 12th annual National Public Lands Day.”

 

The City and the state Department of Transportation will join several dozen community volunteers in cleaning up the Magic Island seawall on Saturday. Eric Takamura, director of the City Department of Environmental Services, will preside over a brief ceremony at 8 a.m. on the Ala Wai side of the seawall at the makai end of the Magic Island parking lot.  After that, volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu-Spaulding Club House, Honolulu Police Department’s police academy, Hilton Hawaiian Village and other industry, community and school groups will fan out to clear trash and debris from the crevices between the seawall’s rocks and boulders.

 

Other scheduled cleanups are:

 

  • Fort DeRussy cleanup by volunteers from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Hale Koa Hotel staff. They will meet at the berm on the Diamond Head end of Fort DeRussy beach at 8 a.m.  Call Mike Wong at 438-8866.

 

  • Sierra Club and Waikiki Yacht Club members at 8 a.m., Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Master’s Office.  Call Sylvianne Yee at 373-3062 or Deborah Blair at 955-4168.

 

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CONTACT: 

 

            Iwalani Sato, Department of Environmental Services, 429-4112

 

 

Friday, September 23, 2005

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