Volunteers participate in Waipahu, JBPHH’s ‘Make a Difference Day’ cleanup

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Stirrup
Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Soldiers and Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor “Make a Difference Day” cleanup at the Kapahaki Stream in Waipahu. The event was hosted by the City and County of Honolulu’s Adopt-a-Stream/Adopt-a-Block program.JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and civilians participated in the Pearl Harbor “Make a Difference Day” cleanup at Pearl Harbor and Waipahu, Oct. 23.

Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu’s Adopt-a-Stream/Adopt-a-Block Program, in partnership with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the event organized volunteer efforts.

Volunteers removed trash and debris, and they planted native Hawaiian plants at Kapakahi Stream in Waipahu.

“You can see the difference immediately when you look at this site before and after the cleanup,” said Iwalani Sato, community relations specialist, Department of Environmental Services, City and County of Honolulu, adding that approximately 100 volunteers supported the event. 

“I feel it is very important that we show our support to the community by participating in events like the one today,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Zikiya Watters-Bonnett, assigned to JBPHH.

“We are thankful for their help” said Barbara Tom, interim chair for the Waipahu community coalition. 

Adopt-a-Stream, sponsored by Environmental Services’ Storm Water Quality Branch, is a step that residents can take to help improve the quality of streams. 

The hands-on Adopt-a-Stream program allows residents and local businesses to make a commitment to keep the city clean and to improve the quality and condition of Oahu’s communities by keeping pollutants off city roads and bodies of water. 

Category: Community, Community Relations

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