On April 30th, my staff and I partnered with Councilmember Manahan, Senator Chun Oakland and American Savings Bank (ASB) in organizing this year’s first clean-up of College Walk and Sun Yat-Sen Malls, and Aala Park. More than 200 volunteers participated, including representatives from EAH, IHS, Chinatown Lions Club, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Honolulu Tower, Kukui Tower, Legal Aid Society, Central Pacific Bank, Leo Club, Moanalua-Nimitz Lion’s Club, Lung Doo Benevolent Society, Luk Tung Kuen Association, Chinatown Business and Community Association, Arts District Merchants, West Honolulu Rotary, Downtown Rotary, and Central Middle School, Roosevelt High School Leo Club, as well as several homeless individuals.
With last year’s clean-up events to learn from, ASB organized volunteers into teams who worked hard in scrubbing graffiti, repainting tables and streetlights, raking leaves, and clearing trash from the target areas. The event was a huge success, with more than 66 large bags of garbage and foliage collected, and a fresh coat of paint applied to all fixtures on College Walk and Sun Yat-Sen Malls.
The next “Vibrant Chinatown” beautification project will focus on repainting the Pauahi Hale facility on June 25th; with Senator Chun Oakland and Greg Payton of Mental Health Kokua already seeking enthusiastic volunteers. Please contact Mental Health Kokua (phone: 737-2523) for information or to volunteer for the next event.