Koloa, West Kaua‘i Lions get help from Scouts of America to clear Burns Field

  • Russ Hasegawa / Special to The Garden Island

    Future Scouts of America’s Justice Kawakami, the smallest one front and center, gets help from the Koloa Lions Club, the West Kaua‘i Lions Club, Scouts of America Troop 334 sponsored by Holy Cross Church, and Scout parents in clearing trash from Burns Field near Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe Saturday.

  • Russ Hasegawa / Special to The Garden Island

    Future Scouts of America’s Justice Kawakami, front and center, gets help from the Koloa Lions Club, the West Kaua‘i Lions Club, Scouts of America Troop 334 sponsored by Holy Cross Church, and Scout parents in clearing trash from Burns Field near Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe Saturday.

Prospective Scouts of America’s Justice Kawakami, the smallest person at Burns Field on Saturday, got help from the Koloa Lions Club, the West Side Lions Club and the Scouts of America Troop 334, sponsored by Holy Cross Church, and Scout parents to clean the Burns Field area of trash.

“In a short amount of time, 19 garbage bags of litter and assorted car and bicycle parts were part of the haul for Saturday morning,” said Lion Russ Hasegawa. “Thank you to all who participated in this community-service project.”

Russell Goo and Nathan Konishi are Scoutmasters for Troop 334 that includes Boy Scouts Braden Sanpei, Orien Gambito, Cedric Crampton-Nabaa, Lincoln Bowers, Griffin Bowers and Luke Stein.

Girl Scouts in Troop 334G include Calli Gambito, Faith Kawakami, Grace Kawakami and Sophia Stein.

Lions participating in the cleanup included Koloa Lions Club President Don Quon, West Kaua‘i Lions Club President Kay Hill, WK Lions Past President Basilio Fuertes, Mary Shield, Hasegawa and volunteer Frank Ongaro.

Scout families joining Justice include Viviane Stein, Izumi Kawakami, Cat Gambito, Brian Bowers and Julie Bowers.

3 Comments
  1. Rev Dr Malama November 24, 2021 9:56 am Reply

    Mahalo for the community service but the efforts don’t even make a dent in the mountains of rubbish, dead animals, debri and all matter of homeless evidence….
    Suggest that letters are written to the State authority responsible for protection and enforcement and also to the county to allow commercial green waste disposal at sites in and around every town!!!!
    Definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results!!!! The common reply of Kupuna is that they always did it this way but when we grow up here and only see and SMELL! worse DUMPING ALL OVER THE ROADSIDE AND OCEAN…. hewa!!!!


  2. Jjjames November 24, 2021 9:58 am Reply

    Burns field cleanup.
    I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all the “volunteers” involved in this cleanup. All of you that gave up your personal time to accomplish this much needed task.
    I’m sure it was a job well done.
    My question is: WHY do we need “Volunteers” doing the job that we pay taxes for government workers to do. Government workers who never lost a days pay, nor any of their great benefits, through this entire pandemic fiasco.
    That entire area of Burns Field is owned by the State of Hawaii. It’s great that it’s all nice and clean now, but perhaps we can consider performing this sort of task in areas that are more visible.
    Suggestion: maybe the ten or so state workers that we see sitting on the guardrails along our state highways while trees are being trimmed, or roadside ditches are being cleaned could, instead be a cleanup crew to perform these tasks.
    And, since there doesn’t seem to be any scheduled work to cleanup and maintain the Lihue Rice Street “revitalization” area, maybe these volunteers, or some volunteers in the Lihue area should consider that project.
    What happened to the days when volunteers from various civic organizations would go out and help private individuals or businesses that really needed help? Back then, we didn’t want to “step on any toes” or discredit our government workers and leaders.
    Oh, wait!! Better check with the “union” first.


  3. Zchechuan November 24, 2021 3:18 pm Reply

    Are they doing this because they love the community? Or just a fun time out and maybe lunch time for the kids. And adults. Every now and then. The Lions club.


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