As I mentioned yesterday, today was the first Opala in Paradise clean up and it was quite successful! About 10 folks showed up to participate in this clean up..
Kevin Dayton, an Executive Assistant to the Mayor’s Office suggested that the first site that we tackle as a group was a corridor along the Puainako extension that he and his son often work to clean up on… but recently it’s just gotten out of control.
The first site we tackled was about 3 or 4 miles up Puainako where Kevin knew there was a big screen TV and some glass that needed to be cleared out.
I was pleased to see Hunter Bishop from the Department of Environmental Management show up on his own time using his own truck… but what was even more hilarious… was watching both Kevin Dayton and Hunter Bishop getting down and straight up nasty with a dead pig carcass that needed to be removed.
You can just look at the expression on their faces as to how stink this dead pig carcass was!
After the pig was moved to a place where it would rot away without stinking up site too much, we then were able to pick up about a half a barrel of broken glass.
We drove down Puainako a bit and at the next pull off we tackled, we found all sorts of stuff including a barbecue grill that looked like with a little fixing up… it might still be usable.
We were fortunate to have folks like Ed Miner from Kolohe Auto Repair come out and volunteer his truck and time for this project.
I was pretty amazed at some of the stuff that was just dumped on the side of the road. Everything from a set of tires to condoms to dead animal parts. My mom found this skull.
All together we cleaned up about four pull offs and the area right next to Puainako and Komohana Street in about two hours of time.
I’d like to thank the following folks for showing up. From the County, Kevin Dayton, Hunter Bishop and Bobby Jean Leithead Todd. Individuals Starsha Young, Larry and Diane Czerwonka, Ed Miner, Kevin Dayton’s son and his friends as well as my mom Su Tucker.
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