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4 APRIL 7, 2021
 Mililani Army JROTC Cleans Up At State Recreational Area
Cadet Lt. Col. Tyler Busby listens to Kekai Mar of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks, with Cadet Capt. Dylan Pitts in back, at the cleanup of Mālaekahana State Recreation Area on March 13. (Right) Mililani Army JROTC Battalion descends upon the cleanup location. PHOTOS COURTESY TIMOTHY SCHILLER
 The Mililani Army JROTC Trojan Battal- ion went to Mālaekaha- na State Recreation Area on March 13 to help the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks and Universi- ty of Hawaiʻi protect wild- life from human-created pollution.
suffered from severe rains with nearly 50 inches in a 24-hour period. The Nation- al Weather Service issued a flash flood watch until 6 p.m. on the day of the event.
ginning of the school year. “Since I am a senior, it was my last opportunity to organize this service learn- ing project with DLNR. We learned so much about the habitat of the birds and other marine animals, and giving back to the community is what service learning is all
  Thousands of animals, from finches to whales, die from eating and getting caught in plastic, accord- ing to retired Lt. Col. Tim- othy Schiller, senior Army instructor for the Mililani Army JROTC program.
However, besides brown ocean water from runoff due to wet weather, the morning was pleasant with little rain and some sunshine, Schiller states.
about,” shares Rockett.
Park interpretive program specialist Kekai Mar, from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Di- vision of State Parks, helped make this project possible
Senior service coordinator Cadet Capt. Kaley Rockett planned this event at the be-
    The Trojan mission was to help remove plastics from the beaches and get rid of invasive mangrove plants from a nearby mountain stream. Hawai‘i recently
for the JROTC.
Mar’s “level of compas-
sion for the wildlife and their habitat was demonstrated as he explained the facts about what plastics and microfi- bers do to the environment,” adds Rockett.
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