MAKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 500 teachers and students came together to clear two miles of the Makiki stream on Saturday as part of the Makiki Aloha 'Aina event.
Halau Ku Mana teachers and students partnered with the community to help get rid of rubbish, remove invasive plant species and put in native plants donated by the DLNR.
The overall goal of the project was to bring community members together and to foster a healthy stream.
"Past stories show that when you take out the non-Native, the native comes back in a rush," said Blair Satakara of Hana Hauoli School. "It's malama honua, malama 'aina, malama kino, everybody takes care eah other, if you take care the land it takes care of us."
Organizers say volunteers collected enough trash to fill an entire Matson container. Among the items found were eight washing machines, two Christmas trees, a refriderator and 15 tires.