Students help environment and their school

Iwalani Sato
Iwalani Sato
Gary Domingo-Oka
Gary Domingo-Oka

By Roger Mari - bio | email

WAIANAE (KHNL) - Students and faculty members from Maili Elementary School got a lesson in helping the environment while making their campus a better place to be.

Just along the entrance way into Maili Elementary School is an area that looks like a dump site. Concerned neighbors, students and teachers are upset, so organizers of the Maili Adopt a Stream and Adopt a Block Clean-Up responded along with other members of the state and community.

"From what I see, it's been years of accumulation of a lot of debris," said Iwalani Sato of the Department of Environmental Services.

The area is filled with mountains of green waste like keawe, trash and other large and dangerous materials.

"What's surprising is the amount of other types of items, such as tires, and we have metals in this area, we have household items," said Sato.

For some of these students sacrificing their Saturday to beautify their school is worth it, but the work is not easy.

"Pretty hard, we have to lift lots of things and there's some bad smells," said Maili Elementary Student Gary Domingo-Oka.

"They made that commitment, and small commitments can lead to larger things," said Sato.

The focus of the cleanup was also educating these students on the importance of keeping it clean.

"What can we do to in order to maintain and really monitor the area so we can keep it clean," said Sato

"It's important to get this all cleaned up because if we leave all this here, it could hurt the environment," said Domingo-Oka.

By the end of the clean-up, 50 volunteers collected 10 tons of green waste, 60 tires, and 50 plastic bags of burnable trash.

It's a lesson in the environment, work ethic and respect for a school they are proud of.