On April 25, 2016 clients and staff from local nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center (Malama Na Makua A Keiki) participated in a highway clean up along the two-mile stretch of Honoapiilani Highway “adopted” by the Will Smith Foundation. Susan Moulton, a generous supporter of Malama, established The Will Smith Foundation after her son Will was killed in a tragic car accident on Honoapiilani Highway in 2007.
Malama provides caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children so families can live safe, independent and healthy lives. It is the only place on Maui where infants and young children can live with their mothers while they are in treatment.
Before starting the clean up, clients visited a spot along the highway where a memorial telling Will’s story hangs on a tree and people have left leis and other items to honor and remember him.
“This was more than just picking up trash along a highway for us,” said Malama Clinical Director Dr. Lisa Ponichtera. “Susan’s dedication to spreading Will’s generous, giving spirit and love of life fits so well with our efforts to rebuild and empower families, especially relationships between mothers and their children. Our clients were deeply touched to learn about Will and it was an honor to be part of this activity.” The Will Smith Foundation supports charities in Hawaii, Texas and Africa that are dedicated to helping youth. For more information, visit www.willsmithfoundation.org. For more information about Malama Family Recovery Center, visit www.malamafamilyrecovery.org