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City Council Honors Community Group

City Council presented members of the Waikele Community Association with an honorary certificate last month for their work in creating beautification and safety initiatives. At the ceremony are (front, from left) Natasha Hee of WCA, City Councilman Ron Menor, Malcolm Ching and Krysten Takahama of WCA, (back) City Councilmembers Ikaika Anderson, Breene Harimoto, Ann Kobayashi, Kymberly Marcos Pine, Joey Manahan, Ernie Martin, Carol Fukunaga and Stanley Chang. Photo from City Councilman Ron Menor.

Waikele Community Association (WCA) recently was honored by the City Council for its work in creating safety and beautification projects in its community.

City Councilman Ron Menor (District 9, Waikele, Waipahu, Village Park, Makakilo, Kunia, Mililani Town) presented the group with an honorary certificate at a council meeting March 20 at Honolulu Hale.

“These programs have resulted in a tighter-knit, cohesive community that’s committed to ensuring a higher quality of life for its residents,” stated Menor. “I’d like to thank the WCA and its many volunteers for their efforts to shape Waikele into the kind of community where current and future families can live, work and play.”

The Waikele community, which now is comprised of nearly 3,000 homes, was first developed in 1991. WCA is made up of about 600 members who live in the area.

Throughout the years, its programs have included a Neighborhood Security Watch and the Waikele Posse, which disseminates security alerts via social media. It also has initiated the Community Safety Team to address late-night criminal activity and the Taking Action Against Graffiti Team. WCA’s Green Team cleans common areas and sponsors community service activities.

It also has Waikelecise – a group of walkers, joggers and bicyclists who report rubbish, property damage and other concerns that they observe while exercising together. WCA also offers family activities throughout the year and free workshops.

For more information on the association, visit its website at waikeleohana.com.

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