Why This Big Island Woman Is Spending Every Sunday Picking Up Trash … Lei Robinson is spearheading a volunteer movement to keep the streets of Hilo as clean as possible.

HILO — The 14 Hilo residents and one dog waiting in the lower parking lot at Ben Franklin Crafts on Kilauea Avenue could have spent their sunlit Sunday morning doing any number of things.

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But they stood their ground, waiting for the woman who invited them and rebuffing nature’s efforts to lure them away.

Lei Robinson arrived shortly after 9:30 a.m., walking into the parking lot after nearly an hour of picking up litter on her own in another downtown location.

Every Sunday since August 2020, Robinson has called on anyone willing to help her clean up litter and graffiti throughout downtown Hilo.


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