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Marriott volunteers receive DOT recognition

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Safety and Security Manager Justin Paki receives the No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award in recognition of the company’s volunteerism for Maui’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Photo courtesy Department of Transportation Highways Division-Maui District

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club recently received the No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award from the state Department of Transportation Highways Division-Maui District in recognition of the resort’s dedication to the Adopt-A-Highway program.

According to the Highways Division-Maui District, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club consistently meets the requirements of the Adopt-A-Highway program by coordinating at least four cleanups annually and reporting all cleanup data to Maui District, which helps the state track, evaluate and improve the program over time.

During each cleanup event, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club volunteers typically pick up about 20 bags of trash along Honoapiilani Highway between Kahana and Kapalua, according to a news release.

“Giving back to the community is very important to us as a company,” said Justin Paki, safety and security manager at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club. “It’s also a great activity to get our managers out of the office and we always conduct our scheduled cleanup events, rain or shine.”

Adopt-A-Highway cleanups are conducted by volunteer groups that commit to adopting a two-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.

For more information about the program, visit www.stormwatermaui.com.

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