Volunteers clean up graffiti in Moili'ili

Kayla Nip
Kayla Nip

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's one of Oahu's most "graffiti tagged" communities. One groups yearly efforts to cleanup Moili'ili. The Kuhio Elementary School was packed with members of "Totally Against Graffiti" or T.A.G.

There were about 200 volunteers. Armed with paint, solvents, and gloves, they hit the streets and parks of Moili'ili to clean up the graffiti.

"This looks really disgusting and we want to help our community and clean it up, plus it's really fun actually," says Volunteer Kayla Nip.

At Crane Park, some benches are repainted, and this slide is scrubbed down along with bleachers. Construction sites are also heavily tagged areas. Members of T.A.G. come out 2-to-3 times a year to these same areas.

"MuCully, Moili'ili has the most arrests for taggers on the island. It's significantly heavily tagged so we want to take care of that one immediately," says Moili'ili Resident Ron Lockwood.

With the increase in volunteers each year, it's a battle organizers believe, can be won.

"In terms of graffiti, it is definitely on the down side and we'd like to keep it that way," says Lockwood.

It's a huge community effort removing this unsightly graffiti. The work isn't easy, but for some, there's no better way to spend a Saturday morning.

"It's hard, but with friends, anything is fun," says Nip.

18 teams sacrificing their weekend, hoping taggers get the message that Moili'ili is a community they will continue to make beautiful.