Monday, April 12, 2010

"Sewer's," aka Lualualei #1 Earth Day Beach Clean Up 4/18/10, 8-11am

Top photo: Lualualei Beach Park #1, aka, "Sewer's Beach" after pathway. [Click to enlarge]

Bottom photo: "Sewer's Beach" before pathway. The used asphalt placed there is "sticky" and difficult to ride bikes, baby strollers, wheelchairs, etc. over. [Click to enlarge.]

After hearing complaints from walkers and bikers that the undeveloped area across Wai`anae Pizza Hut was difficult to traverse, Women of Wai`anae (WOW) has decided to invest the remainder of its AlohaCare grant into beautifying the area in celebration of Earth Day. Problems in the area include the uneven terrain near the intersection of Pokai Bay Street and Farrington Highway, and the "sticky" used asphalt that is at the end of the parking lot.

So far, a landscaper has lined the path with small stones, leveled it by hand, and planted native plants. The next step is to bring the community together to pick up trash, water, and further beautify the area. Join us for a community clean up:

What: Earth Day Clean-Up at "Sewer's Beach"
When: Sunday; April 18, 2010; 8-11am
Where: Meet across Wai`anae Pizza Hut
Who: Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, & others
Why: Continue our efforts to create a "People's Path" along the Coast
How: Gloves, trash bags, drinks, and refreshments provided. Volunteers are asked to bring water for the plants if possible.

The Ma`ili Point section of the pathway has come along beautifully, featuring an abundance of native plants, such as naupaka, milo, koali, pohinahina, akia, pa`u o hiiaka, ma`o, and others. Volunteers, including Roy Rezentes, Yvonne Angut, Carol Bonham, Karen Young, Fred Dodge, Summer Miles, Maile Shimabukuro, and others continue to water and maintain the Ma`ili Point area weekly.

“Helping to maintain and water the People’s Path is an excellent way to connect with nature, exercise, and give back to the community in a very visible and tangible way,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, who authored the AlohaCare grant.

WOW is looking for more individuals and groups interested in helping with this effort on an on-going basis. In particular, volunteers are needed to maintain and water both the Sewer’s Beach (across Pizza Hut) and Ma`ili Point (across Sea Country) sections of the pathway.

“This is an ideal project for senior, student, community service, environmental, and other groups to take on,” Shimabukuro continued. “The group could work together on a regular basis to water plants, landscape, pick up litter, and continue to malama the People’s Path. Individuals and families are also welcome to volunteer.”

For information about the 4/18/10 clean-up, or on how to volunteer on an on-going basis, email or call 696-4677.

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