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A service project taken to another level


They got to enjoy the beach, volunteer and give back to the environment. More than 80 volunteers rolled up their sleeves over the weekend and beautified Ala Moana Beach Park. Saturday's event was part of The HPD's Project C.L.E.A.N. HPD Officers from District 1 (Central Honolulu), Reserve Officers, Weed & Seed, Heald Business College, C & C Parks employees, residents of the Next Step Homeless Shelter, Borthwick Mortuary, and other community volunteers and business members participated.

They started at 8 a.m. and got down to business. They painted over 30 picnic tables, about 250 feet of wall alongside of the beach on Ala Moana Park Drive, and picked up numerous bags of trash within the park.

Folks also had a chance to recycle their unwanted goods. Old computers and televisions filled a flatbed truck. Some even donated bicycles, dolls, prom/wedding gowns, clothing, and toys.

District 1 Community Policing Team hopes to hold another event similar to this next year.

Project C.L.E.A.N. (Community Lokahi to Enrich our Aina Now), was initiated by Chief Kealoha to bring law enforcement and community organizations together to improve the community.