Our team gathers for a picture before the cleanup begins
On September 22, Unified team members and their ohana met at Makua beach park to partake in a day of cleaning, education, and music hosted by Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. Instead of opting for the usual team-building event, we chose to participate in a cause that we could get behind. What better way to bring our HUI together than through giving. Even better, this service event was right in our backyard. Makua beach is only a few miles down the road from our office in Makaha. Many of our families love spending time and enjoying this beautiful beach on the weekends.
"...the ōpala (trash) has become more plentiful, the fish don’t have the same numbers, and the beaches are not as pristine as they once were."
Jerrick Amas loading up his truck for a drop off to the contain
Jerrick Amas is one of the many employees that came out to support the event and call Waianae home. He has visited Makua beach since he was a kid. We asked him about what makes Makua Beach and the Waianae coastline so special: “Well I’ve been regularly fishing and spending time with my family at these beaches for years now, it’s a part of my routine. The Waianae coast is the last frontier of beaches. You can come out here and look as far as you can in any direction and not see a single building. It’s a place where I come to relax. Because I have visited these beaches for so long, I have noticed some things. For one the ōpala (trash) has become more plentiful, the fish don’t have the same numbers, and the beaches are not as pristine as they once were. I think it’s important that we do what we can to keep our oceans and earth clean.
That way the next generations can enjoy them for many years to come. “
In all 30+ team members and their ohana were able to join us for the event. As the third-largest private employer on the Waianae coast, doing our part in the community is a priority. We feel a strong connection and responsibility to our home and community.
Our company's CEO, Ryno Irwin said this about the cleanup: “I am honored to be a steward of such a great Team. So proud of how the HUI Ohana comes together to serve and improve the community we live and work in. Great HUG (Hawaii Unified Giving) event!”.
More than two shipping containers full of trash were removed from the Makua coast. The total weight of these items being 14,000 pounds. With items ranging from AC units to car parts, it was a sight to be seen. Although it is not the long-term solution to keeping our beaches clean, doing our part and helping the immediate issue must come first. Until we all learn to mālama our coastlines and earth, we must do what we can.
We are continually looking to take part in events in our community, if you’d like us to consider an event or participate in one of our outreach events please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.