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Hundreds offer their versions of random acts of kindness

As many as 100 volunteers were reported to have participated in the recent “Random Acts of Kindness Day” shore-break clean-up on the Eastside, organizers said in a press release.

The community clean-up was inspired by Ron and Peggy Kadey, and unanimously backed by community members present at the recent East District Ka Leo O Kaua‘i meeting for the towns of Anahola, Wailua and Kapa‘a.

Volunteer groups cleaned up debris from the shoreline at Wailua and Kapa‘a beaches last month.

Community members were joined by 75 preschool children from KIDS (Kauai Independent Daycare Services, Inc.) preschool who, along with their teachers, joined the volunteer effort by cleaning up Kapa‘a beaches near their preschool throughout the morning.

“It was a wonderful way of teaching the children about keeping our environment clean,” said Phyllis Kunimura, KIDS director.

The children were all provided with gloves and plastic bags. One boy stated, “We picked up so much rubbish, but there is still rubbish. If everyone picked up rubbish, then there would be no more rubbish, and it will be all clean.” “It was a rewarding day for the participants and all of us who frequent our beaches,” Kunimura said.

Participants who would like to see an even greater island-wide effort next year, with individuals, students and others at schools and volunteer organizations joining in, should call Catherine Stovall, community- response specialist in the county Offices of Community Assistance, 241-6398.

“The timing is perfect for all of us to join together to help clear the shorebreak with all of the winter-storm debris,” said Stovall.

At the recent Ka Leo O Kaua‘i district meeting, Ron Kadey inspired group members to participate by sharing that every year he honors Random Acts of Kindness Day by picking up glass, plastic and fishing debris from the shore-break along Kapa‘a Beach Park.

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