Tuesday, September 16, 2008

National Day of Action Beach Cleanup Needs You

Volunteers are needed to clear a beach on the Wai'anae Coast of trash and debris, and plant native, drought-resistant plants to help create a multi-use pathway, the People's Path. The cleanup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 87-890 Farrington Highway. Volunteers can park at Nani Kai/Ulehawa Beach Park across from Maili 76 gas station. Refreshments will be provided.

The clean-up is one of many community service events happening that day as part of the first National "Day of Action." Hundreds of events nationwide are being held to demonstrate the impact that service has had in communities and can have on a larger scale. The mayor's offices will also be holding a Proclamation for the Day of Action on Friday, Sept. 26 at 11:15 a.m.

The People's Path is the name of a project by Women of Wai'anae, Teach for America, Nani O Wai'anae and AlohaCare to create a multi-use pathway along the Wai'anae Coast from Lualualei Naval Road to Ka'ena Point. The goal is to connect the pathway to the state's planned bike path, which will end at Lualualei Naval Road. The idea behind the People's Path is to help prevent childhood and adult obesity by providing a scenic route for biking, walking, jogging, and other forms of exercise. The path will also serve as a viable alternative to driving in these times of high fuel costs and traffic congestion.

On April 26, 2008 and May 17, 2008, over 60 volunteers gathered at Nani Kai beach in Maili and filled over 80 bags of trash, consolidated tires, car parts, and other bulky items for disposal.

AlohaCare recently awarded Rep. Maile Shimabukuro and Women of Wai'anae a $5000 grant to use in maintaining and beautifying the pathway through additional volunteer work days.

See a video of Maile and her mom reviewing the area for the People's Path.

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