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Marti Townsend

The executive director of The Outdoor Circle is determined to protect Hawaii's scenic environment

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 17, 2014

~~<p>Marti Townsend walks to work most days, a 30-minute trip from Makiki to her office on King Street that not only serves as good exercise but also keeps her connected to Honolulu's cityscape at the street level. That's important to her job as executive director of The Outdoor Circle, leading several thousand members who all are devoted to keeping Hawaii clean, green and beautiful.</p>
<p>Founded in 1912, the group is well known for planting and maintaining exceptional trees throughout the state and for ridding Hawaii of billboards in 1926 -- a victory over visual blight the group is working hard to preserve in light of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's proposal to sell advertising on the exterior of city buses. Townsend notes that she also is an avid bus rider, like many OC members.</p>
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Marti Townsend walks to work most days, a 30-minute trip from Makiki to her office on King Street that not only serves as good exercise but also keeps her connected to Honolulu's cityscape at the street level. That's important to her job as executive director of The Outdoor Circle, leading several thousand members who all are devoted to keeping Hawaii clean, green and beautiful.

Founded in 1912, the group is well known for planting and maintaining exceptional trees throughout the state and for ridding Hawaii of billboards in 1926 -- a victory over visual blight the group is working hard to preserve in light of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's proposal to sell advertising on the exterior of city buses. Townsend notes that she also is an avid bus rider, like many OC members. Login for more...



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