In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8th, the County of Maui and the County of Maui Volunteer Center coordinated a storm drain painting project. Volunteers painted stenciled awareness messages of “No Dumping – Drains to Ocean” at storm drain inlets. This important work went a long way toward protecting our coastal waters from harmful pollutants.

There were just over 30 volunteers who participated in this great event, and thanks to their hard work, we painted more drains than expected, in less time than expected. Thank you, volunteers!

The storm drain project ran from 9am-12pm on June 8th, just off 200 High Street, where the County of Maui provided shade, materials and refreshments.

The HandsOn Maui Impact

Of the more than 30 volunteers, 10 signed up through the HandsOn Maui GetConnected virtual volunteer center, a free online portal that connects partner non-profits with potential volunteers. All volunteers who signed up through this platform were able to take advantage of the messaging system to easily communicate with event coordinators, and because of this, they knew exactly what supplies to bring.

One volunteer in particular raved about the HandsOn Maui GetConnected system, including its ease of use, messaging system and handy calendar of events. She was especially excited to take part in the storm drain painting event. Thanks to the HandsOn Maui GetConnected calendar, she was able to quickly and easily sign up for the drain painting event, and give back to the Maui community.

The County of Maui Volunteer Center would like to extend our thanks to all the storm drain project volunteers, including the Department of Transportation (DOT) and members of the King Kekaulike Key Club. All of you went above and beyond, and we appreciate you taking the extra time to gather trash around the drains. This was a very successful community event, and we look forward to many more to come!

To learn more about HandsOn Maui, and how to sign up for volunteer opportunities, visit