Community volunteers maintain, monitor deserted national park

  • Trash accumulation in bins and litter on the beaches were problems as Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park remained unstaffed due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. (Max Dible/West Hawaii Today)
  • Trash and recyclables are loaded into a truck Saturday from Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. (Photo courtesy of Lanny Sinkin/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • Diane Harmony (left), Randi Rupar, Lanny Sinkin, Christa Bauer and Sharon Messinger volunteered their time Saturday morning in a grassroots effort to clean up Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park in the wake of the partial government shutdown that left it unmanned. (Photo courtesy of Lanny Sinkin/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Sometimes, if you want something done, you just have to do it yourself.