Soldiers Volunteer At Maka’eo Walking Path

The spirit of volunteerism, generosity and a can-do attitude was evident Sunday at Old Kona Airport Park and Kohanaiki, where roughly 45 soldiers from Schofield Barracks participated in various community service projects.Working in partnership with Friends for Fitness, The Rotary Club of Kona and The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise, the soldiers removed rubble and rock from an anchialine pond near the southern end of the Makaeo Walking/Jogging Path. They also created additional walkways that interconnect with the path and go through planted areas.Kona Rotarians have been hard at work over the past couple months, restoring this old fishpond in honor of Francis Kuailani Sr., a retired Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park superintendent and longtime Rotarian who died in December. Rotarians felt bringing life back to this fragile and rare pond would be a fitting tribute to Kuailani, who was Native Hawaiian and passionate about the culture, said Renee Kraft, community service director for the Rotary Club of Kona.

Original post by Sheila Colon.

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