9 Pollution Tips
Stenciling Storm Drains
Adopt-A-Block &
Adopt-A-Stream Program
Good Neighbor & Good Business Award

Public Involvement and Participation

Be An Everyday Environmental Hero


The awards were created in 2007 as a way of recognizing the continuous and ongoing efforts of outstanding citizens in the City's Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Block Program who are committed to improving City streams and the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services, in coordination with the Department of Facility Maintenance hosts the annual gathering for Adopt-A-Stream, Adopt-A-Block and Storm Drain Stenciling volunteers, recognizing leadership and accomplishments for each group. Leaders that support multidisciplinary, collaborative efforts that explain to the public the importance of a holistic watershed approach were also recognized.

Nearly 80 leaders, representing volunteers in over 20 Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Block projects participated in this year's awards.

Agency, Organization

American Society of Civil Engineers, Hawai Section, Younger Member Forum       
Banyan Apartments      
Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, Hale Pono Clubhouse     
Campbell High School   
Carlos Long Community Association      
Castle High School     
Chaminade University   
Church of Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints 
Ewa Beach Lions Club   
Ewa Beach Weed and Seed
GeoTech Solutions      
Huakailani School for Girls    
Hui Ku Maoli Ola, A Native Plant Nursery       
Hui Malama I Ke Kai Foundation 
HWEA Public Education Committee DOH-Clean Water Branch 
HWEA Public Education Committee DOH-Wastewater Branch  
HWEA Public Education Committee Kennedy Jenks Consultants      
Imua Athletics 
Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam 
Kaala View Baptist Church      
Kaimuki Business and Professional Association (KBPA)   
Kalakaua Homes 
Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board #15   
Kamehameha Middle School       
Kaumakapili Church     
Kevin Mulkern Landscaping      
Kula Kaiapuni 'O Anuenue       
Lex Brodie's Tire Company      
Malama Maunalua
Malama O Manoa 
Mayor Wright Tenant Association
McDonalds Nanakuli and Waianae 
Moanalua High School   
Moi (fish) Release Team
Nani O Waianae 
Niu Valley Middle School       
Palolo Chinese Home    
Palolo Lions   
Palolo Neighborhood Board      
Pearl City Lions       
Pride In Moiliili      
Punahou School 
Residents of Akepo Lane
Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset 
Save Our Surf And Seal 
St. Andrew's Priory School     
University of Hawaii at Manoa Environmental Law Society
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Waikiki Aquarium
US Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration     
Waianae Boys and Girls Club    
Waianae Intermediate School    
Waipahu High School    
Weinberg Village       
Wild About Wilder      

Good Business
Nominated by Ramon Coronel, Greg Yee; 5/10/07
Notice of Violations: None from the Clean Water Branch of the DOH or Storm Water Quality Branch of the City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services
Name of Business: Grace Pacific
Point of Contact: Chris Steele, Manager, Environmental Compliance
Address: 99-130 Halawa Valley Road, Aiea, HI 96701
Phone 674-8383
Website: Environmental Stewardship
Nominated by Iwalani Sato, Ruth Baker; 7/7/07
Name of Business: Tamashiro Market
Point of Contact: Cyrus Tamashiro, Owner
Address: 802 N. King St
Phone 841-8047
Voluntary contributions of fruits and water for volunteers who worked on the Adopt-A-Block cleanup project on 7-7-07. Volunteers also worked with him to collect and transport trash bags to a central location for City staff to haul away.

Annual Volunteer Leader Training
Related Link:
Volunteers learn about the City's Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Block Program.   The goal is to increase awareness of storm water at a neighborhood level. Participants receive a manual on basic watershed and storm water concepts, water sampling, and tools to help organize hands-on storm drain stenciling, Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Block projects.  Educational stream and neighborhood walk as it pertains to volunteer safety, watershed and neighborhood visual survey forms, storm drain stenciling and an overview of the City's Storm Water NPDES permit water monitoring program.

National Car Care Month
Related Link: “One Person, One Vehicle … And The World”
In April 2007, Lex Brodie’s Tire Company, an industry leader, kicked off an ongoing public awareness campaign, in collaboration with the Storm Water Public Education and Outreach Program, to be car care aware, with radio ads on an article by Scott D. Williams, General Manager Lex Brodie’s, titled “One Person, One Vehicle … And The World,” that discusses ways that each of us can protect our local waters.

Educational Materials Partnerships
Related Link: Hawaii Backyard Conservation booklet
In celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) partners with other agencies to provide free copies of a 20—age color booklet called, “Hawaii Backyard Conservation.” This project is in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu Storm Water Branch, State Department of Transportation Highways Division, State Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, the University of Hawaii, and the Big Island and Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council. Agencies also collaborate on workshop, conferences, trade shows, fairs and festivals.

World Water Monitoring Day
Related Link: Photo Gallery,
A partnership with the City and County of Honolulu Storm Water Quality Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State Department of Health Clean Water Branch, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, and Punahou School. Did you every stop to wonder how we get our information on the condition of streams? Or whether these waters are safe enough to swim in or use for drinking? Monitoring provides this basic information. The responsibility to monitor water quality rests with many different organizations. City, State and Federal agencies have leading monitoring roles. Utilities, universities, watershed organizations and even individual citizens also monitor chemical, physical, and biological conditions in our waters. Monitoring month runs from September 18 to October 18. During this time, people of all ages throughout the world community will have an opportunity to monitor the quality of their local watersheds and enter the results of their efforts into an international database. Simple monitoring kits are available for purchase by anyone interested in participating. These kits can be ordered at any time at

Earth Month Video & Photography Contest
Related Links:  Contest Page
Contest Winners