CITY URGES VOLUNTEERS FOR WAIANAE COAST CLEANUP EVENT
(Thurs., Nov. 17. 2011)—As the rainy season approaches, the City and County of Honolulu, along with Senator Maile Shimabukuro, and Representatives Karen Awana and Jo Jordan, are encouraging volunteers to participate in a community stream and roadside cleanup event planned for the Waianae Coast this Saturday.
The goal is to remove debris that could clog streams and contribute to flooding problems. In December of last year and January of this year, heavy rains in the Waianae area caused flooding to several roads and on private property. Some of this flooding was caused by debris and bulky trash that had been previously dumped in the stream illegally. This proactive community cleanup of streams and ditches along key roadways is to prevent similar flooding.
The cleanup will take place on Saturday, November 19, from 8 am to noon. Volunteers should meet by 8 am in the parking lot of Mikilua Store, 87-1117 Paakea Rd. To facilitate planning, volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance by calling state Representative Karen Awana at 586-8465. Volunteers can also show up on Saturday without signing up.
Participants should wear covered shoes with thick soles, long pants, sun protection and gloves, and bring drinking water. Optional items include tools to clear brush and streambeds, garbage bags, and trucks to haul rubbish and bulky items.
Cleanup partners include: state Senator Maile Shimabukuro, state Representative Karen Awana, US Senator Daniel Inouye, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Navy, state Representative Jo Jordan, Hawaii State Civil Defense, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the state Department of Transportation, and City Councilmember Tom Berg.
Media contact: Jim Fulton, Mayor's Office, 768-6928 or 221-6804.