Caring for the aina

LIHUE — Staff and clients of the 5th Circuit Drug Court program spent their Saturday conducting the Kokua Kokee cleanup.

The periodic event held at Kokee State Park, and nearby areas including the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp and hiking trails included help from Drug Court alumni and volunteer staff of partner agencies.

“They worked along Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, removing blackberry as well as at the historic CCC Camp,” said Kaua’i Drug Court Administrator Joseph Savino.

The cleanup is part of the rehabilitation and service component of Drug Court, which is a probation and diversion program for non-violent defendants who have committed crimes as a result of, or to support a drug addiction. The cleanup is part a form of restitution and a healing event for both offender and the community.

The Kokee cleanup offers a chance to get in touch with Hawaiian values that include respect for the person and a healthy relationship with the land. The state park is full of native vegetation and historical cultural landmarks.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Kauai Drug Court program.

In addition to weekly hearings at 5th Circuit Court, and individualized treatment and probation requirements, the group as a collective takes part in three major community service projects.

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