Trash On Hiking Trail Will Be Cleaned Up

Aaron Lowe
Aaron Lowe

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - The Waimano hiking trail in Pearl City will soon be cleaned up of bags of trash, and other foreign objects that littered the trail.

It's thanks to a viewer who talked story with us.

Raini Miller talked story with us on Sunday, about how disgusted she was to see the trash on the trail.

On Monday, a trail specialist with the Department of Land and Natural Resources got a first hand look at the trash himself.

"There's the beautiful forest, and there's plastic bags filled with metal or trash, and they just don't mix," said Aaron Lowe, the DLNR's trail specialist.

His job is to keep Hawaii's trails clean.

He also got a call from Miller, and came to get see the mess.

"It's fantastic when the public takes it upon themselves to notify the department, let us know what they see out there," said Lowe.

Lowe found trash bags blocking part of the trail. But the good news, if it could be considered that, was the bags are filled with green waste. He said clean up crews can just take the bags, and leave the mulch to decompose.

Lowe added that he'll ask the DLNR's enforcement division to investigate how the bags got there. He'll also look into how other foreign objects -- a lawn chair, hollow tile, and florescent lights, to name a few -- got there as well.

There are some buildings nearby that was used by the health department a while back.

"Standards have changed a lot, so an old school person is like, oh throw it over the fence, it'll go away," said Lowe. "I'm not sure if that's the case here."

Whatever the case, it'll all be cleaned up, so hikers can enjoy the trail.

A health department spokesperson says it will assist and support the clean-up, if necessary.

Officials say it is important that people report any illegal dumping, because they don't have the manpower to supervise every trail.