KOLOA — Teddy Blake, a Koloa Boy Scout leader, should be very happy with the sight.
Coleman Jonas of Boy Scout Troop 270, sponsored by the Church of Latter-day Saints, Kalaheo, amassed his parents and friends to redo the monument to labor Saturday at the historic Old Sugar Mill, which was in need of painting.
“We’ve done this statue as an Eagle project before,” said Paul Jonas, Coleman’s father who serves as an advancement officer for Troop 270. “Coleman wanted to redo the monument and get rid of the scaling, old paint, and weathered areas so it wouldn’t require the attention it does.”
The monument, a part of the historic site designation by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1965, is located at the entrance to old Koloa Town at the end of Maluhia Road and viewed by hundreds of people daily.
Saturday, Coleman and his friends, Jefferey Peterson, Mitchell Evans, Zeb Wichert, and Jackson Peterson, rolled up their sleeves and armed with steel wool and wire brushes, scoured the monument from top to bottom in preparation for a primer coat.
Coleman said he got the idea to undertake this project after Todd Dorney, a former Scoutmaster at Troop 270, who was speaking with Blake about the need to spruce up the monument.
“We don’t want people to have to keep coming back and having to redo the project,” Coleman said. “We’re going to get rid of all the built-up paint, rust, scaling, and other stuff before we put on the final coat of paint. If it’s done properly, this should last a while before needing work.”
Karissa said Troop 270 is no stranger to Eagles. Evans already completed his project in Kokee, which involved repainting the pavilion situated across from one of the lookout points, removing graffiti from the main pavilion located at the meadow, and replanting native plants at various sites.