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Hawaii organizations honored by Keep America Beautiful

By Staff | Jan 6, 2011

At Keep America Beautiful Inc.’s National Conference held in Orlando, Florida on Dec. 10, State Leader Jan Dapitan (front) represented Hawaii in a presentation of state flags.

PUUNENE — Keep Hawaii Beautiful, Hawaii Island; Community Work Day Program, Maui; and Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful, State Leadership Affiliate recently received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Awards.

The groups were recognized at the President’s Circle Award Luncheon, during Keep America Beautiful’s 57th annual National Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit to reduce litter, minimize waste and recycle, and beautify their local communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, the affiliates met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of excellence by conducting an annual Litter Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and engaging volunteers to take greater responsibility for their community environment.

In addition, award recipients must conduct activities in Keep America Beautiful’s three core focus areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification/community greening.

From left, Rhiannon Chandelor of Community Work Day Program (CWD), Keep America Beautiful President Matt McKenna, Jan Dapitan of Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful and Kevin Jones of CWD celebrate the award.

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew M. McKenna.

“Our affiliates are providing real solutions to problems like litter, graffiti, illegal dumping and other community blights.”

Other local Keep America Beautiful (KAB) certified affiliates are Keep Honolulu Beautiful, Keep Kauai Beautiful, Nani O Waianae and Keep Kalaupapa Settlement Beautiful.

Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful was awarded the State Leadership Affiliate’s bronze level medal for the implementation of the KAB mission, focus areas and programs that continue to impact the state.

The primary role of Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful is the development and growth of the local affiliates through training, partnership and KAB community-oriented incentives.

For more information, contact Jan Dapitan, state leader, on Maui at 579-9308 or khib.kab@gmail.com.