WAILUA — Tom Worthen was grateful there was no basketball Saturday at Lydgate Park.
“There was too much weather,” said Worthen, a coach with the Sharks fourth- and fifth-graders, Division II of the Eastside Basketball League, as he scooped up a load of loose driftwood at the water’s edge of Morgan’s Pond. “There’s no basketball today.”
The weather-related rainout allowed Worthen to join more than three dozen volunteers who tackled the loose driftwood accumulation at Morgan’s Pond.
“This belongs to the University of Hawai‘i,” said Dulce Sales-Luis, who donned a UH Phi Alpha Nu Sigma honor-society shirt at the cleanup while lugging a load of driftwood.
Originally scheduled to address “dry wood” only, the overnight rains changed all that, as volunteers scoured the sand for all debris, using rakes to pull some of the floating driftwood to shore for disposal as well.
The overnight weather did not dampen the spirits of the volunteers who attacked the accumulation of driftwood and moved it to a large Pacific Coring and Concrete Cutting roll-away dumpster.
The accumulation was caused by the weather event two weeks ago, where the island was under a flash-flood warning for nearly nine hours. The heavy rains caused the closure of the Hanalei Bridge as well as flooding in the area of the Wailua River mouth severe enough to have low-lying residents and tenants having to evacuate.
Tommy Noyes of the Friends of Kamalani Playground and Lydgate said the cleanups will take place for the next three weekends, or until the accumulation is gone.
A volunteer with the Friends of Kamalani Playground and Lydgate said this might be a good time to remind people that the group meets every Saturday near the lifeguard tower to do cleanups, accumulated debris or not. The weekly cleanup meets at 8:30 a.m. and cleans up for a few hours.