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Nainoa Thompson joins effort to clean filthy Ala Wai

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration’s goal is to develop public-private partnerships to make the Ala Wai a clean, healthy waterway.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Piilohi Kekumu leads members of the Anuenue/Halau Ku Mana canoe club in some running before training in the Ala Wai Canal.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Anuenue/Halau Ku Mana canoe club trains on the Ala Wai Canal under the direction of coach Reggie Keaunui, standing on the dock. High school canoe clubs use the Ala Wai Canal for practice.

The Ala Wai Canal is home to the largest concentration of canoe clubs in the state, yet according to city readings it sometimes has 20 times the level of contaminants considered safe for human recreation. Read more

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