Surfers Give Back to Their ‘Home Break’ Honoli‘i

April 12, 2017, 11:08 AM HST (Updated April 12, 2017, 1:07 PM)

Have you noticed something different about Honoli‘i Beach Park? It’s widely known the “Honoli‘i Paka” adopted the park 12 years ago and continues to maintain and beautify the area for all to enjoy. Led by Keith Nehls, better known to the community as “Bradda Skibs,” the community gathered again earlier this month to malama the ‘āina.

The website states, “Basic Image Youth Leaders, we clean up before we surf. We learned to give before we take!”

On April 1, 2017, they were at it again; this time to repaint the roof of the public restroom, which is highly visible from the parking bluff above.

Twenty volunteers, mostly surfers and their ‘ohana, gathered to paint the roof. Due to some weather issues, they were able to complete the project four days later on April 5.

“We doing our best to be the example our youth and community needs to see! Giving back freely to the places that we love, and that gives so much to us,” said Bradda Skibs, founder of Basic Image Inc., the local nonprofit that spearheads the effort. “Taking care of one of our living classrooms. Built with aloha for all to enjoy. Aloha honua!”

Basic Image maintains weekly cleanup efforts at two adopted pakas (parks)—Honoli‘i and Hakalau Bay. They partner with the County of Hawai‘i, landowners, schools and other groups to take care of these local parks and work with the community to teach sustainable environmental stewardship and promote cultural conservation.

Click HERE for a link to their website.


    BEFORE volunteers painted the restroom roof.

    AFTER volunteers painted the restroom roof.



    Honoli‘i Paka.

    Volunteers painting.

    Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of their weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Big Island tsunami damage in 2011. She is a Certified Meteorologist and graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in Speech Communication and French. Malika leads the Big Island Now weather team and enjoys conducting video interviews for Big Island Now's news and entertainment sections. The former Miss Hawaii is also a black belt in karate, avid waterwoman, jewelry designer, singer, TV host and mommy blogger.


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