Volunteers to clean beaches from Olowalu to Honokowai
LAHAINA — With several organizations joining forces, Matt Lane’s Lahaina Town Cleanup is spreading across the entire West Side this year.
Set for Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the cleanup will span from Olowalu to Honokowai from the beach to Honoapiilani Highway, and up Lahainaluna Road again.
An army of volunteers will beautify Lahaina.
“We are working at Moku‘ula, helping the Hui O Wa‘a Kaulua, diving Mala, diving the Lahaina Harbor and marking storm drains,” said Lane, founder of the event.
“The cleanup has grown in six years from cleaning up Front Street to combining efforts with many others, like Liz Foote (Project S.E.A.-Link) and Community Work Day, to span an area like this year’s!”
This year, the focus will be a bag-less cleanup.
“That’s right — that means bring your gloves, reusable bags, coffee sacks, buckets, wheelbarrows and wagons,” Lane explained.
Bring a water bottle for refills by Tropic Water, an annual sponsor of the Lahaina Town Cleanup. Cool Cat Cafe, Pacific’O Restaurant, Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club and Grill and the Farmer’s Market Maui will provide food.
After the cleanup, enjoy a skate demonstration, live music and a special movie screening of the film “Ingredients” that night in Kamehameha Iki Park.
“Come down to the park. Bring your kids, your neighbors, aunty, uncle, grandpa and tutu,” Lane said. “Let’s clean up our town!”
At Moku‘ula near the corner of Front and Shaw streets, a cleanup, “E Ho‘i Ka Nani I Moku‘ula” (Return the Glory to Moku‘ula), is slated from 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will meet at the dirt lot on Shaw Street next to the Salvation Army.
Bring gloves, rakes, clippers, weed eaters, chain saws and dump trucks to haul the trash for this Friends of Moku‘ula project. For more information, or to register, call 661-3659.
The Lahaina Town Cleanup is the largest effort of Community Work Day Program’s annual “Get the Drift and Bag It” event. Volunteers worldwide and throughout Maui Nui will take action to improve the health of our ocean through locally coordinated shoreline marine debris cleanups.
“Get the Drift and Bag It” will be coordinated in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter as part of their annual International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 25th.
In West Maui, volunteers will work on Akaluaiki, a bay near Nakalele Point littered with marine debris, and other areas.
This year, Community Work Day (CWD) is working to make the coastal cleanup even “greener” by using biodegradable trash bags and compostable plates and utensils for volunteers’ lunches.
Water will be supplied; volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles and work gloves.
To lessen the collective contribution to the waste stream, volunteers may also bring their own reusable bags or buckets to remove litter.
Carpooling, walking and bicycling to the event are suggested.
CWD and participating organizations around the world are committed to reducing the environmental footprint of the 2010 International Coastal Cleanup.
“We look forward to participating in this global effort that helps us remember that we are all sharing one ocean, and we are all a part of keeping it healthy for ourselves and for the next generations,” said CWD Executive Director Rhiannon Chandler.
In response to strong volunteer support, this year’s “Get the Drift and Bag It” will be a month-long event beginning on Sept. 25 and continuing through Oct. 25 with organized cleanups at several sites island-wide.
Projects are slated in Kihei on Oct. 16, Central Maui on Oct. 17, Paia on Oct. 23 and Hana on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional sites will be scheduled.
Several Maui businesses, schools and organizations have stepped up to help CWD with “Get the Drift and Bag It.” Major sponsors include Surfrider and the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk.
CWD encourages businesses and residents of Maui Nui to participate in “Get the Drift and Bag It” or at a scheduled cleanup through Oct. 25.
Gather family and friends and adopt a site in your neighborhood. CWD will gladly provide the supplies for your cleanup.
To volunteer for an upcoming cleanup or suggest a site for litter removal, contact CWD at 877-2524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full list of this year’s “Get the Drift and Bag It” groups and sponsors, visit CWD’s Facebook page.