Hawaii West Centennial Project

 
For the Centennial Project, all of the West Hawaii Rotary Clubs joined together to adopt the first mile of the Queen's Lei, a 16.7 mile shared-use circulation trail parallel to the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy in Kona.  This is a mixed-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians that will connect Kailua village to the new Palamanui Campus, virtually connecting all of North Kona.  Our Hawaii West Rotarians donated $6,000 and volunteer labor to plant 100 trees and install benches.  Work on the first mile of the 10’ wide shared use path took place over 3 days from April 20th to the 23rd.  The blessing took place that Saturday with Kahu Danny Akaka.  
 
The first tree at the head of the trail was planted in honor or recently deceased Rotarian Bill Cliff.  The trees will provide shade, beauty, flowers for lei and fruit for the community.  This is a project that will be enjoyed for generations to come. In this project benefiting Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) the Rotary Clubs of West Hawaii were joined with the generosity of the County of Hawaii, Ironman Foundation, Councilwoman Karen Eoff, Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefits Program and Hawaii Electric Industries.