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Mayor Mufi Hannemann and dozens of his Cabinet and Senior Staff members joined more than 100 community volunteers to clean and renovate Waimanalo Beach Park on Saturday.

The volunteers repainted the park pavilion and restrooms, picked up trash, raked leaves, painted parking stalls and curbs, and patched the playing field. A new concrete pathway was also poured to provide better access for the disabled.

“I was amazed at all the volunteers from the City and the community,” said renowned Waimanalo musician Cyril Pahinui, who participated in the cleanup. “It’s really nice that the mayor had a hands-on production and pro-active approach that brought all the people together to do this for the community.”

Waimanalo resident Eldon Kohatsu Jr., program director for a youth mentoring group called Ke Ola Hou, said he was very pleased with the results.

“It looks a lot better,” he said. “It’s really good timing, because football season is going to be starting soon, and the park is going to get real busy.”

Kohatsu Jr. said the volunteer effort provided a positive experience for young people.

 “Everyone worked well together as a team,” he said. “I’d like to see even more community members next time.”

Mayor Hannemann said he recognizes how important public parks are to everyone who visits them, and wants to make sure they remain enjoyable.

            “Our parks belong to the entire community, and I’m very pleased that the community came together to ensure that Waimanalo Beach Park remains clean, safe and accessible to everyone,” Mayor Hannemann said. “I’m very thankful to all the volunteers who took time out from their busy schedules to help make this effort such a success.”

            Mayor Hannemann’s Cabinet and Senior Staff assisted with similar park renovations last year at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, and at several Leeward Coast parks the year before that.



Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

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