From 1 to 18 volunteers haul abandoned cars off the Kaena Point Trail

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Volunteers transported and removed three abandoned cars from Kaena Point State Park, the Department of Lands and Natural Resources said Friday.

Residents said the cars have been an eyesore on the west side of Oahu for more than three years.

It all started with Oahu resident Joe Marshall.

“I just got sick of looking at it and I know other people were too, because anyone who hikes this trail comes for the scenery and the nature,” Marshall said.

During the first four days, he said he single-handedly used portable saws to begin cutting the car into pieces.

According to DLNR, Marshall set up a ladder and pulley system to retrieve parts from two other vehicles that were in rocks and boulders on the shore.

For about two months, Marshall did all the work himself – cutting car parts, hauling them in wagons, and walking nearly a mile and a half.

Then Marshall’s neighbors stepped in to lend a hand.

18 volunteers hauled parts of the scrapped vehicles out of the trail area, handling engine, bumper and seat parts for nearly two miles.

The ministry said three contractors who reviewed the work did not submit bids due to the remoteness of the area and difficult access for machinery.

After the takedown, DLNR acknowledged the 18 community members during a meeting on Friday.

Marshall received a DLNR & YOU Citizen Conservationist Award.

“This honor is bestowed upon individuals who go above and beyond to help us protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources of Hawai’i,” said Suzanne Case, Chair of the Board of Trustees and DLNR.

She added: “The government doesn’t have the resources to do everything we would like, so having people like Joe and his group of volunteers out there helping is imperative to our mission.

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