Jan Dapitan, Executive Director 1996-2008
At the time of the Office of Litter Control’s closure, Jan Dapitan was already a Board member of the statewide MMN and volunteer acting director of MMN’s efforts in Maui County. She was encouraged by KAB to consider the state affiliate role in the face of the Litter Control Office’s defunding, and so the Maui MMN took responsibility as the KAB state affiliate in addition to its County-specific programs. Fortunately, the County of Maui realized the importance of supporting MMN programs within its jurisdiction, and enacted a proviso to provide federal highway beautification dollars toward MMN activities within Maui County, thus keeping this model program viable and in action on the local level.
When the Maui MMN program was given the responsibility to lead the statewide network, it continued to operate a full schedule of community-based litter control, recycling, beautification, and community improvement projects specific to Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, and Kahoolawe, such as Art of Trash, Uncovered Truck Law education, and the Road to Hana Clean-Up. As the state leader and affiliate for Keep America Beautiful, Maui CWD also organized training for neighbor island affiliates, provided an increased awareness of KAB opportunities to receive grants and workshops, and advocated for the establishment of a statewide Environmental Court (Act 218, SB 632 for 2014).
CWD continued to serve as the KAB state affiliate leader until 2008, when the leadership role was passed on to an independent nonprofit entity, Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful (KHIB). This allowed CWD to focus fully on Maui County, as we currently do.