Waikiki trash no match for one woman

Sandy Stoutenburg
Sandy Stoutenburg

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Don't you ever call this lady trashy. That's because for almost five years, she's been picking up after people in Waikiki every Saturday morning.

It's a common thing. Picking up after yourself. But Sandy Stoutenburg takes that one step further. She picks up for others as well.

"Helps give back to the community that's given so much to me and keeps the place clean, I live here, I love this place and I like it to look nice," she tells KHNL and K5 News.

This all started four years ago when she moved to Waikiki.

"I get a benefit too, 'cuz I get a lot of exercise, get out in the fresh air on a Saturday morning," she said. "So I guess, it's a win, win, win situation all the way around."

Note the three wins instead of the standard two. That's how she is, very detail-oriented. It doesn't stop at home, it's also out here on Kuhio Avenue.

"Originally I thought it was pretty bad, but then they've gotten some clean up crews that regularly clean up the area, now I think it's much better," she said.

Over the years, Sandy says she's picked up the usual items, like tissue paper, empty cigarette boxes, until this one time.

"I found a 44-D cup bra one time, just laying on the street, I find all kinds of articles of clothing, but that was the only bra I found." she said.

She also finds lots of cans and bottles. If you thought her goodwill stopped there. You're wrong. She takes all of the recyclables and donates them to school children at her church.

"I've had a couple of people ask me, why do you do that, it's gonna be back there tomorrow, I say well, at least what I pick up today, will be going into the trash, if it comes back tomorrow, somebody else can pick up." she said.

As she continues to pick up what others have left behind.

Stoutenburg's route includes a two-mile circle that starts near the beginning of Kuhio Avenue.