Mayor Praises Leeward Oahu Cleanup Effort

LEEWARD OAHU (KHNL) - Oahu's Leeward Coast is sparkling.

It's thanks to a successful weekend clean up, according to Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who was among the 375 volunteers to give ten parks a shine.

They gave a new sparkle to park benches and bathrooms, made playground equipment enjoyable for kids, and cleared the trash and debris.

Officials say it was a lot of trash, almost 12 tons worth. It included more than five hundred car tires, and forty car batteries.

"That's a significant amount of opala," said Hannemann.

They cleaned ten beach parks between Pokai Bay Beach Park, and Kahe Point Beach Park.

The volunteers included city workers, a battalion from Schofield Barracks, private companies, church groups, and Hannemann says most importantly, community groups.

"They came out and wanted to be part of the solution, and not just part of the problem," he said.

Hannemann says that will be key in keeping the parks clean. He wants says that will be key in keeping the parks clean. He wants members of the community, with a vested interest in the beaches, to adopt them.

"If it requires a lot of work or minimal work, we just wanna make sure that the people understand they have to maintain," he said.

The Pokai Bay Beach Park has already been adopted by a canoe club and community group. The mayor hopes more will step forward to keep Leeward Oahu beaches a place for families to enjoy.

The city's clean-up effort continues next Monday. Crews will work on Waianae District Park, cleaning up and making improvements to the gym there.