The Kalama Park Action Team (KPAT) includes local residents, businesses and a number of county employees who have been working in partnership with the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation, Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office for eight years to make the beloved park a safe, clean, user-friendly gathering place through community involvement, projects and advocacy.
KPAT members "Walk in the Park" on the first Wednesday of each month looking for issues that may require additional attention. When maintenance or safety issues are noted, the parks department is notified and responds. If security or misconduct issues are found during the patrol, the police are notified and respond.
"We have come a very long way since our humble beginning in 2004," said KPAT member Michael "Mike" Trotto. "I cannot stress enough the importance of the relationships we have established through the years with the County of Maui in transforming this park from what it had become to this outstanding and inviting asset to the South Maui community."
Early last month, several Kalama Park Action Team members painted the quaint bridge at Kalama Park. The county parks department provided the paint, while KPAT furnished the elbow grease and painting tools. “It only took about an hour-and-a-half to transform the bridge!” said KPAT member Michael “Mike” Trotto (center photo).
Early last month, several KPAT members painted the quaint bridge at the park. The county provided the paint, while KPAT furnished the elbow grease and painting tools.
"It only took about an hour-and-a-half to transform the bridge!" said Trotto.
"So many wonderful improvements have occurred in the park in the past few years, and KPAT has been there to assist to make this area a better place for area residents and visitors."
He said that many KPAT members have gone "above and beyond," becoming outstanding stewards of different areas in the park. KPAT volunteers work to keep the park's signature whale landmark clean and decorate it during holidays, and tend the skateboard facility, playground area, the recently completed walkways and the benches and lighting along the walkways. KPAT volunteers can also often be found "fishing" trash out of the drainage ditch in the center of the park.
"It has been very rewarding to have had this opportunity to be a member of KPAT all these years," added Trotto.
For more information on KPAT, contact Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jerrie Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KPAT's next "Walk in the Park" will be Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.