Ro­tar­i­ans, Teens Pitch In For Rail­way Cleanup

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - News - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

More than 100 vol­un­teers from five Oahu Ro­tary clubs and three West Oahu high schools helped beau­tify a sixmile stretch of rail­way along the old Ewa tracks on April 24 as part of a re­newed ef­fort to help the his­toric land­mark re­tain its vi­tal­ity.

At least 50 Ro­tar­i­ans col­lected lit­ter and painted freight cars at the de­funct rail yard, which now stands as a mu­seum op­er­ated by the 235-mem­ber Hawai­ian Rail­way So­ci­ety. Also pitch­ing in with the four-hour ef­fort were more than 60 high school stu­dents, in­clud­ing those from Kapolei, Ewa Beach and Waipahu.

“It was ex­cel­lent, and we re­ally had a good turnout,” said Harold Nedd, pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor for Kapolei Ro­tary Club. “The Ro­tar­i­ans specif­i­cally did a great job tack­ling the re­paint­ing of the freight cars, and the stu­dents did a fan­tas­tic job re­mov­ing de­bris from the area.”

The cleanup co­in­cided with “Ro­tar­i­ans at Work Day,” an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort in­tended to en­cour­age vol­un­teers to par­tic­i­pate in a one-day pub­lic ser­vice project. The cleanup was led by Ro­tary clubs from Kapolei, Pearl Har­bor, Mililani and Wahi­awa.

“This com­mu­nity ser­vice project helps us with our com­mit­ment to sav­ing, restor­ing and pro­tect­ing Hawaii’s rail­road­ing his­tory,” said Tom McCarthy, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the non­profit rail­way so­ci­ety. “We com­mend all of the vol­un­teers for em­pha­siz­ing the value of com­mu­nity ser­vice.”

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