The 2017 LKOC Beautification Awards Acknowledged at the "I Love Kailua" Town Party
These inspiring groups are helping our community to be a special, clean, green, and beautiful place. The first two have many projects, but we were recognizing them for creating rain gardens.
1. Hui O Koolaupoko
Hui O Koolaupoko has re-planted the area next to Ka’elepulu Stream near the bridge next to Buzz’s parking lot. The Popoi’a Street Storm Water Project filters the water flowing into the stream, and then the ocean, with pervious pavers, rain gardens and native plants.
With the support from government and private organizations, including Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle, the area looks beautiful, and it is keeping the stream alive and clean.
2.Smart Trees Pacific
Also being recognized for creating a rain garden is Smart Trees Pacific, at the corner of Hahani Street and Hamakua Drive.
The Smart Trees’ rain garden isn't just a pretty face. It filters the water running off of all the pavement in that area, cleaning the rainwater before it flows into our marsh. It’s another beautiful project that is improving our environment.
Check their web site for the science involved. (Anybody need a science fair project?)
3. Hardware Hawaii
Another beautification award was presented to Hardware Hawaii. When you go to Hardware Hawaii, don’t you love to park under their trees? The spaces under those shower trees are always the ones everyone wants. They have some of the best parking lot trees in town.
They also maintain the planting pockets for street trees in the sidewalk in front of their store, AND they keep the gutter swept. The City and County can’t keep up with the leaves and seed pods the trees drop, but Hardware Hawaii cleans it up, even though they don’t own the property. (Other businesses, hint, hint.) Thank you, Hardware Hawaii!
4. Pali Lions Club
Progress is being made at our Boettcher Estate, in large part because of the Pali Lions Club. In three work days, they have helped us remove invasive species (some of them pretty poky), cut back wild vegetation blocking the house, paths, and driveway, and help cart off truckloads of yard waste. They weren't called "work days" casually. Those Lions are hard workers, even on sweltering days. We’re not planning anything fancy, just clean, green, and beautiful. Look for further improvement in the grounds, and more work days coming up. Join us for this rewarding work.