KIRC slated to host its annual cleanup event

The Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission will be opening the gates to its Kihei Boat House from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for its monthly “Kako’o ia Kaho’olawe” community cleanup day.

To date, more than a hundred volunteers have helped clear kiawe, clean the area, plant native vegetation and lay the foundation for the Kumeheu hiking trail, a native plant nursery and a traditional hale. The project is funded by a grant from the Atherton Family Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii Community Foundation.

The site is where the commission’s boat, the ‘Ohua, is housed. The goal is to create an area to provide information for those who cannot commit to four-day access trips to the island.

“We see this as an important step in strengthening understanding of and connection to Kaho’olawe for all residents and visitors,” said KIRC Executive Director Mike Naho’opi’i.

Volunteers may enter the Kihei Boat Ramp parking lot and look for the KIRC’s blue “Kaho’olawe” banner, where they may enter the property and park.

Volunteers should bring gloves; water bottles, which KIRC will refill; and sunblock. They should wear closed-toe shoes. Free lunch will be provided by Vineyard Food Co. For more information, go to