Kapālama Kai’s First-Ever Mālama ‘Āina Day Community Clean-Up Removes 1,100 Pounds of Trash from Area Around the Kapālama Canal

More than 120 community members celebrated Earth Day and their commitment to aloha ‘āina by picking up ʻōpala around the Kapālama Canal


HONOLULU, HI (April 22, 2023) – Kapālama Kai hosted its first-ever Mālama ʻĀina Day community clean-up on Saturday, April 22 from 8:00 to 10:45 a.m. More than 120 community members took part in the impact-driven kuleana of caring for this community, resulting in the removal of 1,100 pounds of trash from the areas surrounding the Kapālama Canal. Participants received a free Kapālama Kai t-shirt, bento and refreshments.


“Mahalo to the more than 120 community members who came out to share in the kuleana of stewarding ‘āina to be healthy and resilient. We are grateful to share in this kākou effort,” said Hilarie Alomar, director of Planning and Development for Kamehameha Schools. “The shared kuleana to mālama the Kapālama ahupua‘a goes back to the history of these lands, where our namesake, Kamehameha ‘Ekahi, planted kalo and worked to restore the lo‘i after his victory in the battle of Nu‘uanu.”


Located in the heart of Oʻahu, Kapālama Kai is a district rich with industry and ingenuity. Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama Kai Plan aligns commercial properties, educational outcomes, and community building with directing a long-term vision for this area.


“A vital component of our Kapālama Kai Plan and vision is creating opportunities to partner with tenants and residents, build community and improve our assets to support our learners, as well as the greater community,” added Alomar.

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About Kapālama Kai

Made up of 104 acres of Kamehameha Schools commercial lands in the Kapālama ahupuaʻa,

Kapālama Kai is an area of imminent renewal contributing to community resiliency within and beyond the region. It is a place of innovation based on the area’s existing connectivity and relationships, with ʻāina and culture as a foundation for realizing a safe, inclusive mixed-use community. Kamehameha Schools envisions stimulating Hawaiʻi’s food systems and creative industries, and adding much-needed housing for kama‘āina. Learn more at and connect via Facebook and Instagram (@kapalamakai).


About Kamehameha Schools

Founded in 1887 by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust committed to improving the capability and well-being of the Native Hawaiian people through education. In 2015, Kamehameha Schools embarked on a bold voyage that envisions, in one generation, a thriving lāhui where learners, grounded in Christian and Hawaiian values, achieve postsecondary educational success and become leaders who contribute to their communities both locally and globally. For more information, visit and connect via Facebook and Instagram (@kamehamehaschools) and Twitter (@ksnews).


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