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Many Mahalos for a Successful 2023 Annual Beach Clean Up!

Aloha Friends!

Friends of Kewalos extends a BIG MAHALO to those who had a part in the 16th Annual Kewalo Basin Park Clean-up and fundraiser on Saturday, June 24, 2023. We had a terrific turnout again, all working hard to “give back” to our beloved park. It is so good to see how many people care about this magical place.

In addition to the general clean up, we also cleaned and disinfected the restrooms, and power washed the showers. All to the sounds of our homegrown Kewalo Band and amazing free coffee from the Makanai Bentos and Coffee Truck. The park looked fantastic when we were done.

After the clean-up, Lester Maximo took our group photo with over 200 hundred trash bags lined up in the foreground. Then we moved the bags curbside and the bags were picked up by the City and County's Park crew. This was a perfect example how people working together can accomplish great things!

We also had a very Special guest, Mike Morita and his wife came down and mingled among the crowd. Friends of Kewalos presented Mike with a metal frame photo of him surfing and FOK board members signed the back of the frame. Mike was very grateful for the Kewalo Ohana and all the support he got from us. His strength is an inspiration to all of us.

We celebrated the day with a special hula by Kiele, Aunty Dy's granddaughter and lunch by $5 Bento's shoyu chicken or hamburger steak with gravy. Was ono! We handed out great door prize giveaways from our generous donors. We pretty much sold out on our fundraising 2023 shirts, visors, and pop sockets! Mahalo for all your support!

At the end of the day, we picked the winner of the Big Q: Why is it important to keep the residential ban in Kaka'ako Makai? Winner was 8 year old, Moana. Her answer is: There are too many buildings. you can't even count how many. Keep the land for the kids!

J Kado was big winner of the tenor ukulele, Craig was the winner of the Pipeline photo on metal, and Tom was the winner of the surfboard by Wayne Vierra. Big Mahalos to Curtis Tanaka, CJ Smith, and Wayne Vierra for the fantastic items.

Mahalo nui loa to all for lending a hand on your Saturday morning :)

Special thanks to all our donors and friends:

Hawaiian South Shore, Sushi King, Patagonia, Curtis Tanaka Sounds,Town & Country Surf, Downing HI, CJ Smith Hi Supreme, Castiglione-Caseria Foundation, Darin Isobe, Surf News Network, Kahu Manu Mook, Hawaiian Island Creations, Scott Slippers, Highway Inn, FCS, VISSLA, Homegrown Kewalo Band, Ward Village, Wayne Vierra Surfboards, Mike Morita Ohana, Kule'aina shirts, Wayne Takamure, David Lui, Todd and Tedd Yamanaka, 808 Pono Shirts, Randy Komae NAPA. Kiana Taylor, Kevin Fung Chic Fil-A, Tyson Onishi, and Lester Maximo.

Protecting Open Spaces for Hawai'i's Future Generations

Malama 'oe i ka 'āina, a e malama ka 'āina ia 'oe

Take care of the Land and the Land will take care of you...


Friends of Kewalos


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