By Roger Mari
KALIHI (KHNL) -- Their mission is to restore Hawaii's natural and cultural resources through education, outreach and action.
It's been the site for illegal dumping, careless littering and a place where rubbish finds it's way after heavy rains.
Over the past six months, KAUPA and its volunteers have been cleaning Kalihi Stream every second Saturday of the month
"So far, we've collected 97 huge, 55-gallon trash bags worth of rubbish from this stream," said Chana Dudoit, KAUPA project manager.
They clean up everything from debris clogging storm drains to rubbish thrown from this bridge and from cars on the freeway to the concrete wall running along the stream.
"There's tons of graffiti that little kids go out and spray paint junk all over the place, so we'll help clean up the corridor," said Dudoit.
Keeping this site clean is just part of the project.
"In this specific area, we're putting in a Polynesian garden with edible and medicinal plants and opening it up to the community to harvest from and hoping they'll take ownership of the land and try to reconnect people with the Aina," said Dana Gulizia, KAUPA groundskeeper.
With help from the community, KAUPA members believe this part of Kalihi Stream could be more than a place where people can come to plant, grow and harvest native plants.
"It's a natural stream bed, so there's a lot of potential for restoring the habitat and having native fishes and animals come use the stream," said Dudoit.
Natural resources for future generations.
Volunteers are encouraged to come out and help clean up Kalihi Stream this Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The site is located behind Kalihi Waena Elementary School on Gulick Avenue.
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