On Saturday January 31, 2014 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Waimanalo Beach Park, Hui o Ko'olaupoko and Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council partnered to host the Sixth Annual Waimanalo Community Clean-up. The event provided local residents the opportunity to recycle scrap metal (including appliances and propane tanks), regular size tires without rims, cellular phones, computers, printer cartridges, batteries, paper, magazines, TV's, and donations to Savers and the Hawaii Food Bank.
The Waimanalo Community Recycling Day is an annual event, held in January, which provides community members a hands-on opportunity to care for the natural resources in the Waimanalo community, including the beauty of Waimanalo's back roads, streams, mountains and bay by recycling odd and unused items and also making a combined effort to clean up illegal dump sites.
This year's recycled items included: 287 tires, 6 palettes of e-waste, 1 roll-off of scrap metal & appliances, hundreds of household & car batteries, 1 roll-off of trash collected from illegal dump sites, numerous propane tanks and fire extinguishers, 1 bin of household items and clothing for Savers, 40 volunteers donated 100 hours of service, 15 curbside pick-ups for kupuna and 5 truckloads of illegally dumped items.
Keiki from Blanche Pope Elementary helped to publicize the event by designing posters!
Local businesses such as Castle Medical Center, Hawaiian Memorial Park, Sweet Home Waimanalo, Keneke's, Waimanalo Agricultural Association, Job Corps, Hui Malama O Ke Kai, PioneerDupont, and Lakin Tire supported the event by providing supplies and funds to offset disposal of recyclable materials or organized volunteers to map and clean up the back roads.
Mahalo nui loa to these supporters and all of the volunteers and community members who assisted with the event and brought their items to be recycled.
To see more pictures from this year's event and recaps from all of the past years, please visit our website.
For more information on next year's event, please contact us
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The mission of Hui o Ko`olaupoko is to protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage.