Construction Company Bowers + Kubota Receives Adopt-A-Highway Award for Maui
The Adopt-A-Highway program in Maui named construction company Bowers + Kubota the first recipient of the 2022 No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award.
The Hawaii State Department of Transportation recognizes Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups for their outstanding public service to the Maui environment. By removing unsightly litter along national highways, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers not only contribute to cleaner roads, but also contribute to Maui’s natural environment by preventing potentially harmful pollutants from flowing or blow into the ocean and other sensitive ecosystems.
Bowers + Kubota volunteers adopted a segment along the Kuihelani Highway. Over the past three years, the group has picked up an average of 45 bags of waste during its clean-up operations.
“The amount of litter Bowers + Kubota volunteers pick up not only reflects the sheer volume of litter escaping into the environment, but underscores how hard their volunteers work to keep our public spaces clean,” said Ty Fukuroku, head of the State Environmental Management Program on Maui.
Bowers + Kubota provides construction management, architectural design and engineering services statewide. For more than a decade, company employees have participated in Adopt-A-Highway cleanups across the islands.
“Bowers + Kubota operates on a set of core values that we call SWIFT: Superior Quality, Wellbeing, Integrity, Family and Teamwork,” said Todd Niemann, Senior Partner. “Participating in programs like Adopt-A-Highway is just another way to act on our values and show that it’s not about taking, it’s about giving back.
Adopt-A-Highway cleanups are done by groups of volunteers who pledge to adopt a two-mile stretch of a national highway for at least two years. They pick up litter on their section of highway at least four times a year and undergo safety training before each cleaning operation.
Maui County organizations interested in registering with Adopt-A-Highway can research available highway segments at www.stormwatermaui.com. Applications, cleaning forms, a safety training video, and program information are also available on the website.