In an effort to document how much we are already helping each other, we’re compiling snapshots of neighbors working together through organized community projects and other community events. Click on photo to enlarge. Send us your own photos, we’d love to include them!

August 2021

Nick Freitas takes a moment to pick up rubbish from a scenic overlook on Tantalus Drive in Honolulu. He was just there to watch the sunset. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Volunteer Patti Sober of Wailua cuts small growth ironwood and strawberry guava trees from the Kalahe`e Ridge in Waimea Valley as part of the Hanai Aina Conservation Workday. Volunteers were taken on an exclusive hike up to the central ridgeline and spent the day helping with conservation projects to remove invasive plant species. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Volunteers Diana Doan and Del Green from the Kahala Sunrise Rotary Club tend tree wells and remove overgrown vegetation along the sidewalks from Waialae Avenue. The project was coordinated with the city’s Mālama O Ka ‘Āina community volunteer program. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Sen. Stanley Chang goes through the process to become a bone marrow donor during a donor match drive organized by Eagle Scout Troop 325 member Riley Regan at the Kahala Mall. Regan's goal is to register 1,000 new people with Be The Match Hawaii. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Tina Au, Baldwin Au, Kim Ching, Donna Chang and Cyfe Feng from Mun Lun School pick up litter during the Chinatown Cleanup event in Honolulu. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Volunteers from the Ask-A-Lawyer-Booth, from left, Lansen Leu, Therese Oriola and Sharon Paris, offering offer free legal information and education during the annual Law Week event at Kakako Farmers Market. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

From left, Mikaelia Ziegler, Marie Sode, Maya Galante and Lane Morrow volunteer at the Kaha Garden in Kailua to remove weeds from native plants. Community volunteers of all ages are taught to identify the native and Invasive plants, how to properly propagate and where to plant different species to maximize their ecological benefits, and how to properly remove invasive species. Community workdays are held every other month at this site. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Gary Hoover stacks boxes of food at Central Union Church. At least a hundred people showed up to receive donations. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Workers lay concrete to build new ramps as part of a community-led improvement project to upgrade the skate park at Kailua District Park. The project is being funded and spearheaded by the Association of Skateboarders in Hawaii, who are donating the design, materials and construction of the skate park upgrades at a cost of nearly $130,000. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

From left, William Rash, Betty Cuarisma and Anthony Valiente from Ground Transport unload school supply donations from the community into a display container at the Pearlridge Center. Throughout the month of August the Pearlridge Center will be partnering with Ground Transport to “stuff the bus” with new school supplies and footwear for students in need. Donations will be distributed to students enrolled in public schools around the Aiea, Pearl City, Waipahu and Kapolei complex areas. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Emily Robenolt, visiting from Pennsylvania, and her niece Makenna Ptaszek from Kailua pick up litter at the Kailua Beach Park cleanup hosted by San Lorenzo Bikinis. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Shelagh Sayers, left, and other volunteers with 808 Cleanup remove invasive weeds from the sand at Nimitz Beach in Kapolei. "I love the beach and I want everyone to be able to enjoy it in the clean and pure state that it should be in," Sayers said. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)