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Volunteers Collect 1-Ton Trailer Worth of Debris During 16th Annual Lahaina Town Cleanup

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 07:55pm HST

Volunteers with the 16th Annual Lahaina Town Cleanup collected a 1-ton trailer worth of debris much of which was from abandoned campsites along the West Maui shoreline. The annual cleanup event was held on Saturday, Sept. 19. Due to the COVID pandemic, the community was encouraged to participate in cleanups near their home, with their family members or individually instead of the group event coordinated in years past. Volunteer groups from Maui Surf Clinics, Maui Preparatory Academy, Lahainaluna High School, Pacific Whale Foundation, Moku Roots and ProService Hawaiʻi spent the day cleaning up more than 12 square miles including Lahaina streets, harbors, and beaches from Olowalu to Honokōwai. The effort also included a dive team of 10 to clean underwater; and a group from Sail Maui that conducted the cleanup at Hanakaʻōʻō Beach Park. The event was also held in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day, in which community members are encouraged to take part in a month-long effort to clean the coastline. Lahaina has participated in the movement for the past 16 years with over 8,000 volunteer hours contributed to the global effort for trash free seas READ MORE: #MauiNow #LAC