Volunteers tackle trash at Nawiliwili Park

NAWILIWILI — Sydney Brady, 9, is no stranger to wielding a paintbrush effectively.

Sydney was working with Joe Neimeier, one of more than 30 employees of the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club, yesterday morning to spruce up Nawiliwili Park.

“She’s very methodical,” Neimeier said of Sydney’s work with the paintbrush. “And she’s getting pretty good at painting picnic tables.”

About 30 people turned out for the twice-a-year cleanup of the park, which was earlier adopted by the Kalapaki Beach resort.

Chuck Brady, Kaua‘i Marriott human resource director, is no stranger to the beach cleanups, having participated in similar events at Po‘ipu Beach Park as part of the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club volunteer crew. His daughter, Sydney was 6 when she first wielded a paintbrush and roller.

“It’s a good backup career if dancing doesn’t work,” Brady said.

The volunteers used a tractor to even out holes dug by chickens, as well as several utility vehicles to haul away trash and debris that were being piled up by the army of volunteers.

“When you have a lot of people, things move fast,” said Lani Aranio of the Kaua‘i Lagoons. “When we first started this project, we had only a handful of volunteers and it took more than four hours to do the cleanup. Today, with more than 30 volunteers, we’ll be done in just a couple of hours.”

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