Community Rallies to Paint the Kaelepulu Stream Bridge
Everyone knows the bridge next to Buzz’s at Kailua Beach Park. It’s officially called the Kaelepulu Stream Bridge. The City and County of Honolulu recently finished repair and restoration work on the bridge after decades of deterioration. Unfortunately, with funding short there was no money set aside to paint the bridge and for months it remained unfinished.
Instead of waiting years for money to to paint the bridge we decided to organize the community and get the job done. Nearly 60 volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods, Wounded Warriors from Kaneohe Marine Base, and Councilman Ikaika Anderson and Rep. Cynthia Thielen helped out. Perpetual community benefactors Hardware Hawaii and Hawaii Nut and Bolt donated supplies and paint, and we had the entire length of the bridge painted in under an hour.
Annual Waimanalo Community Recycling Day
Each January we gear up for our annual community recycling day sponsored by Hui O Koolaupoko, Schnitzer Steel, Oahu RC&D, and many others. We bring out dozens of community volunteers to help clean up roadside debris. In the past we have recycled old cars, construction debris, scrap metal, batteries, computers, tvs, appliances, and all sorts of traditional recyclables. It’s a fantastic event that brings out everyone in the community.
You may have ideas for projects like this that need to be done. We know how to get supplies and rally the community. We are always looking for new ways to get people involved in making our community a better place to live. Please contact me to see what we can do together – I would love to help out!