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Justin Paki, Safety and Security Manager at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, receives the No Ka ‘Oi Highway Hui Award in recognition of the company’s volunteerism for Maui’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAUI DISTRICT.

KAHULUI — Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club has received the No Ka ‘Oi Highway Hui Award from the Maui District Transportation Highways Division in recognition of the resort’s commitment to the environmental program.

“Joining the Adopt-A-Highway program is more than just a commitment,” said Ty Fukuroku, Program Manager, Environmental Management, District of Maui. “That’s why Adopt-A-Highway groups like the staff at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club deserve so much credit for organizing and carrying out regular freeway cleanups, quarter after quarter, year after year. That kind of dedication helps protect the environment and keep Maui beautiful.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club consistently meets Adopt-A-Highway program requirements, coordinating at least four cleanups per year and, just as importantly, reporting all of their cleanup data to the District of Maui.

This information helps the state monitor, evaluate and improve the program over time.

Located at Kaanapali Resort, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club began participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program about a decade ago. During each cleanup event, volunteers typically picked up around 20 bags of trash along the Honoapiilani Highway between Kahana and Kapalua.

Removing trash from the roads helps keep pollutants out and contaminating the ocean and other sensitive ecosystems.

“Giving back to the community is very important to us as a company,” said Justin Paki, the resort’s safety and security manager. “It’s also a great activity to get our managers out of the office, and we always hold our scheduled cleaning events, rain or shine.”

In addition to volunteering for the Adopt-A-Highway program, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club strives to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into its daily operations, including participation in the company’s green lodging program Audubon and carrying out other community service projects, such as food distributions during the pandemic.

Adopt-A-Highway cleanups are conducted by volunteer groups who pledge to adopt a two-mile stretch of a national highway for at least two years, pick up litter on their section of the highway for at least four times a year and undergo safety training. before each cleaning event.

Garbage and other pollutants dumped along roads often end up in storm drains and end up miles in the ocean, where they can harm the environment.

Adopt-A-Highway is one of many programs operated by the District of Maui to help reduce pollution and ensure that only rainwater enters the storm drain system.

Maui County organizations interested in registering with Adopt-A-Highway can search for available highway segments on the Maui District Stormwater website, www.stormwatermaui.com.

Applications, cleaning forms, a safety training video, and program information are also available on the website.