Recently Kevin Dayton, from the Hawaii County Mayors Office, emailed Tiffany Edwards Hunt and myself an e-mail entitled “You guys up for a challenge” about the possibility of starting up a Facebook group that would be used for Big Island residents to post pictures of illegal dump sites.
After thinking about the concept, I set up the Facebook page called Opala in Paradise (Opala is the Hawaiian word for garbage). With the intent of the group to:
…use the site as a tip line, asking our “Friends” in that area to offer any tips they may have as to who might be responsible. Periodically we select one of the nominated sites for a cleanup, post the cleanup location on the Facebook wall, and bring together our “Friends” to do the dirty work…
I’m quite pleased that the site has really taken off and the first project that we will take on tomorrow is some of the dumping that has been going on at the Puainako Street extension at the intersection on Komohana.
I’m amazed as well at some of the other projects that have been happening around the island that I never even new about as well… and this is all because of this simple facebook site I set up.
But what I’m even more amazed and just can’t believe at times… is some of the pictures that are getting submitted!
So if you have any spare time tomorrow around 10:00 AM, we will be meeting at the Puainako Extenision off of Komohana to clean up some stuff in that area. Also, if you are a Facebook user feel free to join the Opala in Paradise group and be sure to “like” the events that are going on so that they will get more publicity.