Natatorium Service Project

Participated in our Kamehameha Schools service project for the Waikiki Natatorium today. I was unable to attend my scheduled event at the fishpond yesterday, but I was able to make the switch.

On the way, I stopped for breakfast in Kapahulu. But I digress….

Parked across the street at Kapiolani Park.

Here I am standing in front of the Natatorium. You can read about its storied history here. I hope that it will be restored. It would be such a shame to lose it.

Our service project was specifically the removal of invasive limu (seaweed) that is harming the coral reef (just beyond the Natatorium and fronting the Waikiki Aquarium.) This effort is led by the University of Hawai’i. They provided two scuba divers. Our volunteers consisted of snorkelers who transported the bags from the divers to the shore. We also had a group of people collecting the limu in the shallow waters. My job was to dump the bags into bins that were rolled up to the sorting tables. Here are more pics from the Star-Advertiser.

All together, our 65 volunteers removed over 1300 pounds of invasive limu. A truck transported the limu to the nearby Honolulu Zoo for composting.

After rinsing off, we had a nice bento lunch under the banyan trees. (I’m so glad that we didn’t have to eat the limu.) It was a great time of bonding and fellowship.

It truly was a “good and industrious” kinda day. Imua….

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