County of Hawaii Environmental Prosecution Grant Information

The Hawai`i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is working on an Environmental Clean Up Campaign.  A limited number of grants in the amount of $250.00 – $1,000.00, are available for private non-profit organizations or organizations that have a non-profit community sponsor to assist organizations in the clean up of illegal dump sites in the community.

Members of the Kau Church of Later Day Saints Pick Clean-Up Hawaii Ocean View Estates

Grants will be given to those organizations who demonstrate the ability to complete the project and who have community involvement and sustainability.

The number of grants given will be determined by several factors:

  • Availability of funds
  • Sustainability
  • Community Involvement
  • Budget Request
  • Timeline
  • Development of Partnerships

If you should have any questions please contact Howard Medeiros at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 961-0466.

The Big Clean Up… Take a Stand for Your Land – Hawaii Ocean View Estates

"Nine sites were cleaned in all and about 62 tons of rubbish and scrap mental and 16 cars and about 60 tires... " Starsha Young

Today marked another day that folks around the Big Island came together to help clean up some illegal dump sites.

Today’s target was 9 dumping sites of MANY illegal dumping sites in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates area.

I’d like to personally thank the more then 70 volunteers that showed up and participated in this clean up that was partially funded by the County of Hawaii.

I’d like to say thanks to the following businesses, groups and agencies that were here this morning: Office of the County Prosecuting Attorney, Hawaii Police Department, Office of the Mayor, Prevent Illegal Dumping Task Force, Goodfellow Brothers Inc., Pacific Waste Inc., Superior Sanitation, Ocean View Auto Parts, Big Island Scrap Metal, Junk Yard Dog Towing, Arrow Hawaiian, Precision Construction, The Opala in Paradise Facebook Group, Kolohe Auto Repair and Big Island Gear.

A very special mahalo to Cynthia “Starsha” Young of Keep Hawaii Beautiful and to Mark Dubois of Atlas Recycling Centers for really stepping forward and getting this coordinated.

Also, to all those kind folks that showed up from The Kau Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You folks really came out in numbers and the support was certainly appreciated.

I’d also like to personally thank Kevin Dayton of the Mayors office for taking video of it and submitting it to some of his contacts.

It’s not over… this was just the first step of several community clean-ups down there. Dubois then showed us this HUGE Lava Pit that is quickly getting used as an illegal dumpsite that will need to be taken care of with some heavy machinery.

As I was leaving… I noticed many more illegal dump sites in the area.  I’m not sure what is going on in that area… it is good to hear that they finally got a “Temporary” transfer station put in there a year ago so maybe this will stop a bit.

Feel free to click on any of the pictures below for larger images… if your eyes dare:

A Big Screen TV, A Barbeque Grill, and a Pig… Sounds Like Fun!

Deputy Environmental Management Director Hunter Bishop, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Kevin Dayton

Deputy Environmental Management Director Hunter Bishop, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Kevin Dayton and I remove a huge television from a pull-off on the Puaianako Extension (Photo Courtesy of Starsha Young)

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.

Need tires? Kevin Dayton sits on a pile of four tires pulled out at the corner of Komohana and Puainako Street (Photo Courtesy of Starsha Young)

Opala in Paradise – Group Clean Up Tomorrow

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.