Facebook page empowers windward Oahu community

Facebook page empowers windward Oahu community
Danny Casler
Danny Casler

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Danny Casler speaks proudly of the volunteer clean-up of Kailua Beach Park he organized over the weekend.

"Over 60 people came, they donated money, they donated food, they donated supplies".

The event was organized through Casler's 'My Kailua' Facebook page. It has been in existence for only a little over a year, but already its nearly 5000 likes are bringing the windward community together.

"We helped with a crime in a hit and run, the guy turned himself in. We've gotten pets back to their owners, we're like 15 for 15 right now, and we've found surfboards for people that have been lost or stolen".

Casler says the popularity of the page, which according to him reaches 40,000-50,000 people per week, comes from its immediacy and information sharing.

"We created a position for people to climb up on My Kailua and scream at the top of their lungs…so when they see something on the street, I get it immediately, I post it immediately. It's just instantaneous," he said.

And he's not stopping there. Casler says a print version of the popular page is in the works.

"We want it to be something that is quarterly, and showcase the wonderful people of our town".

Casler plans to continue running the webpage through all of this, and is already planning his next big community event. On August 16, he is organizing a clean-up of the bathrooms on the other side of the park.

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