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Kaanapali’s Hula Grill receives Maui’s Adopt-A-Highway recognition award

By Staff | Jan 15, 2021

Orrin Cross, general manager of Hula Grill, accepts the Adopt-A-Highway No Ka ‘Oi Highway Hui Award in recognition of the restaurant’s numerous roadside clean-ups in West Maui. PHOTO COURTESY OF HWY-M.

KAHULUI — Hula Grill restaurant in Kaanapali might be most well-known for its popular beachfront location and Hula Pie dessert, but the Department of Transportation’s Highways Division also knows it as the “Hula Grill Ohana” — a community-minded employee team that has diligently cleaned up litter along Honoapiilani Highway for well over a decade.

In recognition of its commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway public service program, the Hula Grill Ohana received the No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award from the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Highways Division-Maui District (HWY-M). Since 2008, the volunteer team has carried out dozens of clean-ups along a section of Honoapiilani Highway near Wahikuli Wayside Park in West Maui.

“During some of their clean-ups, the Hula Grill Ohana picked up enough litter to fill as many as 90 trash bags,” said Ty Fukuroku, program manager, Environmental Management, HWY-M. “If not for their hard work and dedication, all that trash would have remained in the environment, where it can harm our island’s ecosystems. We greatly appreciate their contributions to the community.”

Managed and administered by HWY-M, Adopt-A-Highway is a public service program that partners with community organizations and businesses to protect water quality and keep pollutants from entering Maui’s streams and ocean environment. Participants agree to adopt a two-mile portion of a state highway for a minimum of two years, pick up litter on their section of the highway at least four times per year, and undergo safety training before each cleanup event.

Hula Grill is part of TS Restaurants, which also includes the popular eateries Duke’s, Kimo’s and Leilani’s on the Beach in West Maui. Orrin Cross, general manager of Hula Grill, said their sister restaurants often participate in their highway clean-up activities to stay involved and give back to the community.

The quarterly No Ka ‘Oi Highway Hui Award recognizes and celebrates groups that have continually met and/or exceeded the requirements of the Adopt-A-Highway program. For more information about the program, visit www.stormwatermaui.com.