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6,500 ‘Helping Hands’ clear trash in Hawaii

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O'HAU, Hawaii — Kaihilei Pimental took off work Saturday, May 8, to pick up trash in the park.

And she was happy about it.

The Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant was one of about 6,500 volunteers statewide who converged on parks for a massive cleanup organized as part of the national "Mormon Helping Hands" program.

From O'ahu parks alone, more than 4,000 participants filled five city garbage trucks and 5,640 trash bags. Volunteers also painted over graffiti, raked up leaves, trimmed hedges and made repairs to parks equipment.