Before there was an activity known as “Manoa Makeover,” there was this dilemma:
For the Lower Campus, which the athletic department is required to maintain, there was only one department-employed worker assigned to clean the area. That meant picking up trash, pruning plants, tidying deposits made by feral four-legged friends …
Enter softball coach Bob Coolen. His office is lint- and dust-free, easily acing any white-glove test. His carpet was vacuumed with the fibers in the same direction. The bats are organized. He uses a ruler to write, each letter neat and the same height. Naturally, Coolen figured out the sprinkler code and, on weekends, would water and prune the plants. And pick up trash. Coolen inspired the first Manoa Makeover, in which staffers spent a day cleaning the Lower Campus. Eventually, community members volunteered, too.
Today, UH players and coaches will be participating in the renamed ‘Bows Beautification Day. (The fall-sport teams will be participating in the second clean-up day in the spring.)
It’s a good project that will promote unity and pride.
It also is much needed. A UH official said the lone exterior employee has retired.