HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu has been selected to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move! Outside" initiative, a nationwide effort to encourage young adults to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.
The U.S. Department of Interior selected Honolulu as one of 50 cities to join the movement. The program kicked-off in Hawaii on July 13 with Mayor Kirk Caldwell and volunteers from the YMCA and KUPU, a non-profit organization, working together to clean a pond at Ala Moana Beach Park.
"There are a number of reasons why Honolulu was selected. First the great partnerships that are taking place here, and the strong commitment of the mayor to youth engagement and to local parks and to public lands," said Kristen Sarri, the Department of Interior's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management & Budget.
"If you look around all the beautiful natural history we have here, it's going to be up to the youth to be engaged in terms of protecting it for future generations," said Sarri.
The next step of the initiative will be a community survey and a summit in October.