Construction is well underway at Holy Nativity School in Aina Haina.
"A year ago, we started with the kids in the school designing a playground and we let them design their ultimate playground," said Tim Spurrier, head of Holy Nativity School.
With 162 students ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old playing on a more than 60-year-old playground, it was time for something new.
"A new playground was sorely needed. The playground that we had in place had out lived its useful life and it was one of the traditional ubiquitous metal and steel playgrounds that we typically see," parent Kevin Auger said.
School officials raised over $100,000 thanks to grants and donations. Now, more than 200 volunteers are hoping to bang out the one-of-a-kind playground in five days.
"I get to see the fruits of your labor immediately. You stared with dirt and now we are building a playground and by the end of the week, it will be something that we put together with our hands. I love it," said SMSgt Jim Frithsen, U.S. Air Force volunteer.
Close to 60 of the volunteers are members of the armed forces spending day and night helping with the effort.
"We need a strong community to support us and our families. So when we get an opportunity to give back to the community, we rise to the challenge and come out do the best that we can to give back to the community that gives back to us," SMSgt Frithsen said.
What makes the playground so unique isn't just the students who designed it or the hands that built it -- more than 90 percent of it is made from recycled materials.
"All the materials we use come from recycled. Some come from basically milk jugs and the other comes from basically coke bottles," said Justin Fowler of Leathers and Associates.
The team hopes to have the playground completed by Monday -- in time for their great pumpkin festival next weekend.
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