Project volunteers pick up trash, park in Honalo

  • Kirstin Kahaloa, left and Noe Balanay pick up trash next to Higashihara Park at the Honalo cleanup Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Volunteers Dominic DeBernardi, left and Mitch Tam remove an old mattress from the brush next to Higashihara Park at the Hanalo cleanup Friday morning.

  • Volunteer Noe Balanay throws a bag of trash into the back of a truck at the Honalo cleanup Friday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kirstin Kahaloa picks up trash next to Higashihara Park at the Honalo cleanup Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A West Hawaii Today newspaper rack from 2012 is found in the brush next to Higashihara Park where volunteers gathered for the Honalo cleanup Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Volunteers gather for a photo before taking loads of trash to the transfer station at the Hanalo cleanup Friday morning. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteers pick up trash along the highway for the Hanalo cleanup Monday morning. (Courtesy photo/ Blue Zones Project)

  • Volunteers pick up trash along the highway for the Honalo cleanup Monday morning. (Photo courtesy Blue Zones Project)
  • Dru Kanuha picks up cigarette butts on the side of the road for the Honalo cleanup Monday morning. (Photo courtesy Blue Zones Project)

KAILUA-KONA — Kirstin Kahaloa had been noticing a disturbing amount of trash along the highway from Puuloa to the Daifukuji Mission in her travels to South Kona as Blue Zones Project West Hawaii Community Engagement Lead, so she decided to do something about it.