Volunteers Needed for Stream & Roadside Clean Ups – Nov 19 & Dec 10, 8am-noon

Stream & Roadside Clean Ups Planned for Lualualei Valley

WAI‘ANAE, OAHU —  On the heels of a town hall meeting that discussed flooding issues along the Wai‘anae Coast,  area legislators are working with city, state, and federal officials to hold stream and roadside cleanups on Saturday, November 19 and Saturday, December 10.

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“According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of heavy rains from January to April 2012, so we must act now to try to help residents who have repeatedly been flooded,” said Rep. Karen Awana, who secured $8 million in the 2011 state budget to address flooding on Farrington Highway.

“The Legislature appropriated $2 million in the 2011 budget for flood mitigation efforts in the Puuhulu and Lualualei Flats area,” said Rep. Jo Jordan, who represents that area and was able to secure those funds. “We are working with State and City agencies to determine the best use of the monies to address the flooding problems.”

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“The cleanups are intended to relieve some of the clogged streams and waterways as the rainy season approaches,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who pushed to keep the flood funding in the final budget.

“During the Lualualei Valley cleanups, state officials will keep an eye out for flood hazards on private property,” explained Vic Gustafson, Interim Vice Director of State Civil Defense.

“In response to the community calling for definitive action, neighbors suggested a cleanup project to help while government works toward a bigger programmatic solution which will take much longer,” said Walt Kaneakua, Military Liaison for Sen. Daniel Inouye’s office.  “We believe in an ‘ohana effort – neighbors helping neighbors.”

Steve Sigler and Danny Tengan of State Civil Defense will be taking the lead with coordinating the cleanups on November 19 and December 10, respectively.

Volunteers are sought for the following two clean ups:

Saturday, November 19
8 a.m.-noon
Meet at Mikilua Store parking lot (87-1117 Paakea Rd # A)
To sign up, contact: Rep. Karen Awana at 586-8465.

Saturday, December  10
8a.m.-noon
For more information, contact: Rep. Jo Jordan at 586-8460.  This clean up will target Puuhulu Stream, and will coincide with Nanakuli High & Intermediate’s “Aloha Aina Earth Day” recycling day to help raise funds for the school.

Volunteers are asked to sign up ahead of time so organizers can plan accordingly.  However, volunteers may also show up on the day of the clean up.

Volunteers should have:
– Covered shoes with thick soles
– Long pants
– Sun protection
– Gloves
– Water

Volunteers are asked to bring the following with them if possible:
– Trucks to haul rubbish and bulky items
– Tools to clear brush and streambeds: chainsaws, weedeaters, lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, dust pans, machetes, etc.
– Garbage bags

Clean-Up partners include:
Senator Daniel Inouye
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Navy
Senator Maile Shimabukuro
Representative Karen Awana
Representative Jo Jordan
Hawaii State Civil Defense
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Department of Transportation
Councilman Tom Berg
City and County of Honolulu

For more information, contact:
Sen. Maile Shimabukuro:   maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or  586-7793
Representative Karen Awana:  586-8465
Representative Jo Jordan:  586-8460

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Submitted by:
Bernadette (Berny) Luning
Program Assistant
United States Veterans Initiative
Wai’anae Civic Center
85-638 Farrington Highway
Wai’anae, HI  96792
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