Cleanup effort a gift to Maui

Malama Maui Nui (formerly known as Community Work Day Program) held its final cleanup campaign for the year, “Holiday Gift to Maui Nui,” on Dec. 6 at Kanaha Beach Park.

Seventeen volunteers, many from Hui Malama Learning Center, and four MMN staff, collected about 200 pounds of litter. In addition, about 800 pounds of kiawe was removed during this three-hour event.

“Getting more hands on deck is always the goal, but we were happy with the results,” said Malama Maui Nui Executive Director John P. de Jesus. “There is a constant need to clean this park, so we will definitely have more events targeting this area in the future.”

While each of Malama Maui Nui’s five annual cleanup campaigns has a signature theme, all share the common goal of engaging the Maui County community – residents, visitors, businesses and community groups – to either partake in a hosted MMN cleanup or organize their own event.

Any community cleanups that use MMN supplies and occur within a week’s time of the campaign date are counted as part of the campaign. These cleanup campaigns are held with support from the County of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management.

Other groups that took part in “Holiday Gift to Maui Nui” were the Green Team at The Fairmont Kea Lani with a cleanup at Sugar Beach, and the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project with a cleanup at Hawea Point in Kapalua. These two additional community cleanups added 33 volunteers to the campaign’s participant list.