WAIMANALO, Hawaii - Earth Day this year was dedicated to cleaning up Hawaii communities recovering from last weekend's devastating rains.

More than a thousand people helped clean up Waimanalo Beach Sunday. They collected trees, plastic, and other debris that ended up on the windward side beach after the storm. 

"The storms flushed all this debris out to the beach but now this area is close to spotless," said Kahi Pacarro of Sustainable Coastlines, the host of the event.

Many other local organizations took part, like the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees.

"I was born and raised here in Hawaii and to give back to the community that helped shape who I am today is really important," said Milly Chang, a volunteer with Honolulu Chinese Jaycees.

Organizers said this was the largest turnout they've ever seen for a beach clean up. Even Hawaii U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard pitched in.