Kea`au Beach Clean Up Draws Over 200 Volunteers: Update – "GOOD SAMARITANS" POUR IN TO HELP HAUL LEFTOVER TRASH!

A big crew from Henkels & McCoy (H&M) hauled 200+ tires and bulky items from Kea`au on 2/26/10. H&M employees who volunteered included: Mike Alvarez, Joe Morris, Keola Rosario, David Kaauwai, Jeff Detinne, Jorge Vazquez, Mark Tsuha, Franklin Carabbacan, Darrel Bio, George Agustin, Jose Galariada, and Malia Cook.

Todd Liddy, a boat broker, hauled away an 18′ boat and a broken trailer on 2/26/10. [Click on the photo below for a full-sized view].


Thanks to the many good samaritans who responded to coverage by the Honolulu Advertiser (Will Hoover) and KITV (Dick Allgire/Keoki Kerr) about leftover trash at Kea`au. During the last week of February, these volunteers, along with many of the houseless, hauled away all of the remaining trash from the 2/13/10 clean up.
Businesses, non-profits, and individuals who helped included Henkels & McCoy Inc. (Mike Alvarez & his team, who brought 3 dump trucks and heavy equipment), Todd Liddy (who hauled away an 18′ boat and a broken trailer, click on image above), Foster Realty (Sylvia “Elsie” Foster & staff, who hauled away highway trash on 2/25/10), Partners in Development (Kia`i Lee, Danny Goya & staff), Mililani Middle School, Wai`anae Community Outreach (Tulutulu Toa & her team), & Nani `O Wai`anae (Mark Suiso, Lucy Gay, Alice Greenwood, & others). The City and State also hauled trash and bulky items, and several individuals asked to be notified of future clean-ups. You are true heroes!
2/13/10 Group shot [Click to enlarge]

Kanu HI & Rep. Maile Shimabukuro co-sponsored one of four Kokua Festival/Star 101.9 beach clean up’s, at Kea`au Beach on 2/13/10. Supporters included Nani `O Wai`anae, Schnitzer Steel, Roll-Offs HI, Interstate Batteries, Penske, City & County of Honolulu, Wai`anae Community Outreach, & Kokua HI Foundation. Mahalo nui loa to the 200+ volunteers, including several of the Kea`au houseless (Bert, Joe, Al, “Honey Girl,” Easter, “Biggie,” Yolanda, & Penny Rose). Together we gathered approximately 700 bags of trash, two 20′ containers of bulky items and metal, 25+ batteries, and 200+ tires!
To view more photos from the Kokua HI Foundation, click HERE or go to: http://gallery.me.com/nataliemckinney/100085
To view more photos from Maile, click HERE or go to this link to view more photos of the event: http://maileswaianaecoastphotos.shutterfly.com/200

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2 Responses

  1. I'm sorry but the homelessput it there have them clean it up. Make it their contrubution to living htere, their rent. Have them collect it (two bags each) and then walk it to the dump. They have all day.

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  2. Congratulations on an effective campaign to clean up the Keaau coastal areaa. Its about time someone mobilized the community and took control of this problem. The Waianae Coast is probably the most beautiful area on Oahu, in my opinion, and any futher efforts by you to organize people to beautify the coast is well worth the investment and time. Tree planting, park cleanups, highway beautifications, etc…I'm in.

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