‘After the Fireworks’ cleanup in Hanalei looking for volunteers

LIHUE — For those feeling guilty about all the trash generated from tonight’s big celebration, there is an event Friday morning in Hanalei to help make amends.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort is sponsoring the 12th annual “After the Fireworks” Hanalei Beach Cleanup from 7 to 9 a.m.

“We just took it upon ourselves to rally the community to come help clean the beach,” said Stephanie Reid, director of public relations for the resort.

Since its beginning, Reid said the event has grown.

“We usually have about 40 to 50 people … It makes for extending the holiday and also giving back to the community,” she said.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Hanalei Pavilion beach park and bring gloves, a hat and sunscreen.

“Each year brings Independence Day celebrations that leave exploded fireworks debris on the Hanalei Bay shoreline,” states a release for the event. “The day-after beach cleanup is part of the St. Regis Princeville’s service initiatives to collaborate with community partners for the betterment of Kauai.”

This year’s event is supported by the Makai Golf Club, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Hanalei Bay Resort, Princeville Ranch Adventures, the County of Kauai and “many caring individual residents and visitors,” according to the release.

Refreshments, water and juice will be provided, and each volunteer will have a chance to win certificates for two for a Sunday brunch at Makana Terrace Restaurant.

Contact Kelly Kaona at the St. Regis Princeville Resort at 826-2218 for more information.

• Chris D’Angelo, environment writer, can be reached at 245-0441 or cdangelo@thegardenisland.com.

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