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Green Starts Here

Maui’s Community Work Day Program celebrates Earth Day every day.

April 14, 2011
Debra Lordan

In partnership with government, community organizations and businesses, cleanup and beautification projects will take place throughout Maui Nui.

The theme of this year’s Great American Cleanup activities is “Green Starts Here”— creating green spaces in our community for gardens and native plants. During GAC and over the next year, CWD will coordinate a grassroots effort to build a total of 18 school and community gardens throughout Maui Nui, with funding through the national Centers for Disease Control and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

This Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative focuses on policy and environmental changes to reduce obesity by promoting healthy nutrition and activity. CWD’s garden projects will provide volunteers with physical activity along with access to fresh fruits and vegetables while strengthening sustainable food sources for the islands.

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Tucked away in quaint Pu‘unēnē are the humble headquarters of the dynamic Community Work Day Program, which facilitates programs that educate, inspire and empower individuals and communities to beautify and maintain Maui Nui’s environment which supports our economy, quality of life and unique Hawaiian culture.

“For us, it truly is Earth Day every day,” said CWD Executive Director Rhiannon Chandler.

Events held on Maui during GAC include community recycling events, litter pickups, Uncovered Truck Law educational demonstrations at landfills, invasive plant removal projects, native plant restoration projects at the Lā ‘ie Wetlands and Kanahā Beach Park, and the annual Art of Trash exhibition sponsored by Maui Mall and Whole Foods Market.

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program, takes place annually from March 1 through May 31. The hardworking volunteers across the country donated more than 5.7 million hours in 2010 to clean, beautify and improve more than 33,000 communities during more than 30,000 events in all 50 states and beyond. Activities included beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.

Community Work Day Program, located in Pu‘unēnē, is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Many community beautification projects are nominated by residents and local businesses. For more information on the Great American Cleanup or to volunteer, contact CWD at 877-2524 or visit'>

Great American Cleanup Events

Saturday, April 16

• Lā‘ie Wetland native planting

• Moloka‘i Community cleanup of metals and solid waste items

• Kanahā Beach Park beautification

• Aloha ‘āina Earth Day recycling event at St. Anthony School in Wailuku

• Mālama ‘āina Festival at Whole Foods

Sunday, April 17

• Ho‘okipa shoreline cleanup with Surfrider Foundation

Friday, April 22

• Lahainaluna agricultural program Community Work Day

• Opening of the Art of Trash Exhibit, 7 p.m. at the Maui Mall

Saturday, April 23

• Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful Day cleanup (at sites around Maui)

Saturday, April 30

• Pōmaika‘i School Garden Community Work Day

Saturday, May 7

• Seabury Hall Craft Fair community recycling

• Mālama our Beach Parks cleanup

Saturday, May 14

• Mālama Maliko Stream and shoreline cleanup

Saturday, May 21

• Mālama Kalakupua Playround in Ha‘ikū, cleanup and beautification

• Free-cycle it at CWD! Free exchange of usable paint and household items.

Saturday, May 28



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