Serving You in District 2

19 03 2014

Council Chair Ernest Martin and staff have been in district 2 working alongside volunteers in our community to aid in the repair, maintenance and beautification of key community resources.

Recently, volunteers from the Friends of Waialua Bandstand, First Wind, Council Chair Martin’s office, and Southern Turf Hawaii came together to make the grass a little greener at the Waialua Bandstand.

The Waialua Bandstand, centrally located next to the historic Waialua Plantation Sugar Mill, is a community treasure. When the sugar mill was in operation, the area served as a central gathering place for members of the community to share stories and discuss issues at hand. It is fitting that the area continues to serve as a meeting place now for the community and visitors alike.

For the past ten years, free entertainment has been offered monthly at the Waialua Bandstand. Featured artists range from the Royal Hawaiian Band and that U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific to the Okame Daiko Taiko Drummers and local hula halau. After hearing concerns from hula dancers regarding thorny weeds growing around the front of the bandstand, Chair Martin initiated the community movement to address the situation by bringing organizations together to get the project completed.

Seeking a community project for the North Shore, First Wind funded the project in full. The monetary donation was accepted by the Friends of the Waialua Bandstand, which donated it to the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation for the improvements. The donation covered the cost for Royal Palm Landscape to remove the weeds and prepare the area for the grass sod from Southern Turf Hawaii.

Here are a few photos of the Waialua Bandstand and photos of the community work day.

Pictured here are the volunteers that assisted in this importance community project.   Front Row:  Diane Button, Twila Richvalsky and Kendra Martyn of the Friends of Waialua Bandstand and Erica Adamczyk of First wind.  Middle Row:  Waialua resident Julie Overdoff, Reed Matsuura of Council Chair Martin’s office, Council Chair Ernest Martin, Crystal Kua of First Wind, Michael Sakata of Council Chair Martin’s office, Doug Osborn of First Wind Back Row:  Cliff Laboy of Council Chair Martin’s office, David Richvalsky of the Friends of Waialua Bandstand, Heidi Tsuneyoshi of Council Chair Martin’s office, Brandon Mitsuda with Honolulu City Council, Adam Young and Nicholas Clements of First Wind, John Cutting and Nate Nathanson of Friends of Waialua Bandstand and Andrew Goo of Southern Turf Hawaii.

Pictured here are the volunteers that assisted in this importance community project.
Front Row: Diane Button, Twila Richvalsky and Kendra Martyn of the Friends of Waialua Bandstand and Erica Adamczyk of First wind. Middle Row: Waialua resident Julie Overdoff, Reed Matsuura of Council Chair Martin’s office, Council Chair Ernest Martin, Crystal Kua of First Wind, Michael Sakata of Council Chair Martin’s office, Doug Osborn of First Wind
Back Row: Cliff Laboy of Council Chair Martin’s office, David Richvalsky of the Friends of Waialua Bandstand, Heidi Tsuneyoshi of Council Chair Martin’s office, Brandon Mitsuda with Honolulu City Council, Adam Young and Nicholas Clements of First Wind, John Cutting and Nate Nathanson of Friends of Waialua Bandstand and Andrew Goo of Southern Turf Hawaii.


Before the work began on the Waialua Bandstand, the steps were filled with thorny weeds.

Before the work began on the Waialua Bandstand, the steps were filled with thorny weeds.

The Waialua Bandstand after the installation of new sod.

The Waialua Bandstand after the installation of new sod.

Council Chair Ernest Martin installing sod.

Council Chair Ernest Martin installing sod.

Volunteers at work in the Waialua Bandstand park.

Volunteers at work in the Waialua Bandstand park.

Work was done on the entire park surrounding the Waialua Bandstand.

Work was done on the entire park surrounding the Waialua Bandstand.

Volunteers hard at work installing the grass sod.

Volunteers hard at work installing the grass sod.

Volunteers at work on the steps of the  Waialua Bandstand.

Volunteers at work on the steps of the Waialua Bandstand.

Volunteers from First Wind hauling branches and other debris.

Volunteers from First Wind hauling branches and other debris.

Another community project spearheaded by Council Chair Martin’s office was a labor intensive repair of the Wahiawa District Park Softball Field, which had gone into a state of disrepair after years without any major improvements. Wet weather patterns in Wahiawa and low areas on the infield led to the cancellation of games and practices due to ponding water which made use of the field unsafe.

Members of the community, including our military neighbors gave of their time and energy to make necessary improvements to the field to address the situation. The conditions on the field have improved, making it safe for everyone utilizing the field.

These types of events highlight the great benefit that can be realized when members of the community come together to affect positive change. Council Chair Martin thanks everyone for the commitment in making our community a better place and looks forward to seeing you at a future community service project.

Here are photos from the Wahiawa Softball Field Community Event.


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