Earth Month 2014: Corps of Engineers join cadets for Waikiki clean up

| April 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Punahou JROTC volunteers probe for debris along the rocks near the USACE-Honolulu District Pacific RVC at Fort DeRussy, Saturday, for an annual Earth Month clean up event. Students, family members and USACE members joined the effort.

Punahou JROTC volunteers probe for debris along the rocks near the USACE-Honolulu District Pacific RVC at Fort DeRussy, Saturday, for an annual Earth Month clean up event. Students, family members and USACE members joined the effort.

 

Story and photos by
Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Honolulu District Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers partnered with Junior ROTC cadets to clean up Waikiki Beach, Saturday, as part of Earth Month 2014.

Approximately 20 volunteers from Punahou Junior ROTC — which includes cadets from other area high schools and some homeschooled students — joined the Corps’ employees and their friends and families to clean up the beach and berm area at the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center (RVC) at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.

Altogether about 45 volunteers participated.

“We’re happy to be here,” said Lt. Col. Robert Takao, commander of the Punahou Junior ROTC program. “I’m very encouraged by what I see of these young people. They see the impacts on the environment from the trash, and they respond from the heart to protect the land. I’m also very happy with the RVC staff and what they have done to organize and support this event over the years.”

Park Ranger Angela Jones (right), USACE-Pacific Region Visitor Center, offers briefing instructions to a team of Punahou JROTC volunteers prior to their clean up effort at Fort DeRussy, Saturday. The trash removal effort by the cadets and family members has become an annual partnership with the Corps of Engineers.

Park Ranger Angela Jones (right), USACE-Pacific Region Visitor Center, offers briefing instructions to a team of Punahou JROTC volunteers prior to their clean up effort at Fort DeRussy, Saturday. The trash removal effort by the cadets and family members has become an annual partnership with the Corps of Engineers.

RVC Park Rangers Angela Jones and Don Espaniola organized and coordinated the event.

Earth Day was established March 21, 1970, as an annual event to deepen reverence and care for life on the planet.

The Corps’ RVC first opened its doors at Battery Randolph, Fort DeRussy, in 1983. Its goal is to enhance the public’s understanding of the multidimensional role of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Particular emphasis is on Civil Works and water resources development that affects the lives of all the residents of Hawaii and the people of the Pacific.

B1_boyonrockswithstick-bottomshot_wThe RVC is located on the second floor of historic Battery Randolph at Fort DeRussy, Waikiki. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is one of 16 coastal fortifications built by the Corps between 1906 and 1917 for the protection of Honolulu and Pearl harbors.

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For more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Pacific Regional Visitor Center, call 438-2815 or visit www.poh.usace.army.mil.

Remaining Oahu
Army Activities
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii will be hosting numerous events for its third annual Earth Month celebration.
What began as a single day has evolved into a monthlong celebration with a wide variety of events for Soldiers and families to enjoy throughout the island of Oahu.
April 19, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fun Fest and Earth Day 2014, Weyand Field. This collaboration between the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Environmental Division and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation features exhibitors, games, environmental learning activities and live entertainment.
—8:45 a.m. Military Child Mile Fun Run to kick off the event; no registration required.
—9 a.m.-2 p.m. Games, activities, rides, inflatables and pictures with the Easter Bunny.  Enjoy entertainment provided by SKIES and the 25th ID Rock Band. Participate in “upcycling,” crafts and coloring     activities, artifacts search, sustainability and natural resources educational activities.
Enter to win the Leisure Travel Services Big Island air/room/car package for two. Call 655-0111 or 655-0000, or visit himwr.com for more details.
April 19, 2-5 p.m. Float, Sink, or Swim Boat Race and Treasure Dive at Richardson Pool following the Fun Fest.
April 23, 1-4 p.m. Island Palm Communities and DPW Environmental Division team up on Earth Day at the Kalakaua Community Center, Schofield Barracks, for a fun-filled family event.
April 26, 11 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Fort Shafter Flats parade field will serve as the location for the Earth Day Festival, hosted by the 9th Mission Support Command and 9th Theater Support Groups’ Environmental Division. Call 438-1600, extension 3307, for more details. Get more information and sign-up sheets for various activities at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sustainability/Environmental.

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