Leeward Beaches Slated for Weekend Cleanup

Cheryl Kauo
Cheryl Kauo
"Tracks" beach park
"Tracks" beach park

MAILI, Oahu (KHNL) - The first phase in cleaning the beaches on Oahu's Leeward coast is about to begin. City officials and more than 250 volunteers will start cleaning five parks Saturday morning.

They include beach parks at Pokai Bay, Kahe Beach, Tracks, Lualualei and Maili Point.

The crews will be picking up trash, painting, as well as minor maintenance work.

"We wanna do for the Waianae coast what we've done at Ala Moana Beach Park," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

"It's a good thing because it's been messed up," said beach goer Cheryl Kauo. "It's about time that they do a clean up."

But some are concerned, because the clean up does not address the homeless problem.

"It's getting worse," said Kauo. "It's like everyday you see a new tent out here. Before it wasn't that bad, but now it's on the whole coast of Waianae."

Those at the park will not be forced to move during the clean up. That means any homeless people will remain there for now. Leeward residents hope this clean up is the beginning.

"It's important not only for us, but for our grandchildren also."

You can still volunteer to help with Saturday's clean up by going to Pokai Bay Beach Park at 7:30 a.m.

Hannemann also scheduled a "talk story" session after the clean-up, so residents can ask him about the city's plans for the Leeward coast.