On Sunday October 30th a group of volunteers gathered to clean up a corner of Downtown Hilo.  The volunteers consisted of Hilo Downtown Improvement Association board members, Marlene Murray (Executive Director) from the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Sig Zane, HPD officers Greg Silva and Ryan Domingo, and members from the community including multiple teenagers wanting to make a difference.

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After a growing concern for the safety and well being of the community, and overgrowth affecting the local businesses, Lani Walters (President, HDIA) and Michelle Wakakuwa (Treasurer, HDIA)put together a call to action requesting volunteers to help change the landscape of the corner of Kalakaua and Kamehameha Ave.

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Once the hard work started, the safety concern was quickly recognized as drug paraphernalia, alcohol cans and bottles, broken glass, iron bars, and other dangerous items were removed.  When asked about the transformation Lani stated “The DIA is committed to continue our efforts to make our Downtown area safer, but with only a few volunteers working on the landscaping, it was time for a call to action to help clean out troubled areas with high safety concerns. She continued “DIA will be working with the assistance of the county to replace the vegetation that were removed with easier, low maintance greenery to keep the asthetics pleasent.  We are so thankful for the continued support that the county has given to DIA and their commitment to the downtown community”

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It is amazing to see the work that the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association is doing to make downtown a safer, more prosperous place to be.  They have put together a volunteer registration for anyone wanting to help.  Just click here for more information. www.downtownhilo.com/volunteer