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Kamehameha Maui earns service award

Kamehameha Schools Maui was recently recognized by the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation for its ongoing efforts to remove litter from this 2-mile section of Kula Highway. — State Department of Transportation photo

Kamehameha Schools Maui has been awarded the No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award for its active volunteerism for Adopt-A-Highway, a community-based program of the state Department of Transportation Highways Division – Maui District.

Since 2016, the school’s faculty, staff and students have cleaned up a section of Kula Highway between mile markers 8 and 10, typically drawing more than 30 participants each time.

“Our kupuna exhibited great ha’aha’a (humility), so we are humbled to be recognized for this contribution to our island home,” said Scott Parker, headmaster of Kamehameha Schools Maui. “We don’t expect to be honored for our work in the community … our satisfaction comes from knowing that we’re doing our part to shepherd the ‘aina for the next generation to enjoy.”

Adopt-A-Highway cleanups are carried out by volunteer groups that commit to adopting a 2-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. Cleanups must also comply with state or county COVID-19 safety requirements in effect at the time.

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