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Volunteers from KS and other organizations dedicated their Saturday morning to helping beautify the community by picking up trash, scraping off old posters and stickers, and removing graffiti.

Mōʻiliʻili community cleanup is a kākou effort

Oct. 6, 2014

Contributed by Mae Nishimura

More than 25 Kamehameha Schools staffers, students, parents and alumni recently joined a diverse and hardworking group of volunteers to beautify Honolulu’s Mōʻiliʻili neighborhood.

The cleanup was a kākou (cooperative) effort. Together the team fanned out to pick up trash, scrub or paint out graffiti, and scrape off old posters and stickers from area structures.

As a neighbor and landowner in Mōʻiliʻili, KS partners with the district’s residents and businesses throughout the year via various community events to help create a more vibrant neighborhood.

“We’re so grateful for everyone’s support for this outstanding community cleanup each year,” says KS Senior Real Estate Analyst Constanza Asfura-Heim. “We look forward to continuing to share our vision for a more vibrant Hawaiʻi with the Mōʻiliʻili community.”

The cleanup was sponsored by Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G.), a partnership of residents, businesses, schools, non-profit groups and law enforcement agencies committed to eradicating graffiti from neighborhoods.

KS has participated in the project for over seven years. When the work was done, the group enjoyed snacks and refreshments provided by Kamehameha Schools and the Mōʻiliʻili Neighborhood Board Association.

During the cleanup, Kamehameha’s Commercial Real Estate Division staff took the opportunity to share with the group the progress being made on KS residential projects below the University of Hawaiʻi campus.

Those projects included Kolo Place, a $6 million renovation project that encompasses 69 refurbished rental units located steps from the UH athletic complex. The units will incorporate appealing upgrades and honor the area’s historic character, bringing a sense of place and pride to the area.

The refurbished rental units are expected to be priced with the university’s constituency in mind and will be finished in Fall 2014.

Income from Kolo Place, and all Kamehameha Schools commercial real estate projects, benefit the trust’s educational mission. To learn more about KS’ commercial real estate portfolio, or to sign up for a monthly e-newsletter, please visit

Photos by Michael Young. View more pics in the Snapshots section.

KS Kapālama Association of Teachers and Parents (ATP) president Gerald Andrade and son Makana scrape off stickers from a street sign.

KS parent Don Maddock and daughter Griffen were among the more than 25 Kamehameha volunteers.


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