As I was gathering pictures for our family calendar for 2019, I was reminded of all of the community projects we did with Our Community Changing Campaign. Volunteers and I took a different approach to my campaign for Honolulu City Council, and I’m proud of the work we did. While I didn’t win the election, I know we made a difference in neighborhoods from Hawaii Kai to Ala Moana and in the process provided an example of what can be done when we work together.
Following are the projects we worked on:
• Cleaned up at Hanauma Bay with the Friends of Hanauma Bay;
• Assisted with the annual Hawaii Food Bank food drive at Koko Marina Shopping Center;
• Weeded a neighbor’s yard;
• Cleaned up the Niu Valley playground equipment and removed graffiti for its second anniversary;
• Cleaned up after flooding at Angel Network Charities and Aina Haina Library;
• Assisted Honolulu Waldorf School with clean up and set up at temporary high school location at St. Lutheran Church on University Avenue after flooding;
• In Niu Valley, Aina Haina and Kahala inspected 500 storm drains and labeled over 400 with “Drains to Ocean. Do Not Dump.”
• Picked up trash and weeded planter boxes on Waialae Avenue;
• Cleaned up vacant lot on Kapahulu Avenue, including removal of engine that had been on site for several years;
• Painted over graffiti on temporary storefront wall on Kapahulu Avenue;
• Picked up trash, initiated campaign for removal of derelict vehicles on side street off Kapahulu Avenue and removal of orange fencing along part of Kapahulu Avenue;
• Cleaned up Crane park, including repainting of park benches;
• Picked up trash along Ala Wai Blvd.;
• Pulled invasive seaweed at the Honolulu Aquarium;
• Picked up trash along Kalanianaole Hwy. instead of sign waving.
Mahalo nui loa to all of the volunteers who helped with these efforts, and thank you again to everyone who supported me during my run for Council District 4.