Appreciate efforts of Lenny Rapozo
As coordinator for the Kauai Police Activities League North Shore Basketball League, I would like to extend a big thanks to Mr. Lenny Rapozo, County Parks and Recreation director for allowing our league to get back up and running in Kilauea Gym this last Saturday.
With the Red Cross Disaster Shelter closing Friday afternoon, and a large cleanup needed to resume basketball play, Lenny Rapozo pushed through and allowed KPAL to have the gym back. Two hundred and fifty 5-to-12-year-olds played 21 basketball games on Saturday along with the special game with the Kilauea Seniors up to 85 years old.
Parents and community said it helped heal and restore out community, I know I saw a lot of smiles. We even were able to find a replacement game T-shirt for one lost by a young player in the flood.
I know Lenny was very busy with his county responsibilities. But he took time to help return our community to normalcy, it made a difference, thank you.
Also thank you to American Red Cross for taking care of the gym and disaster clients. Kilauea’s Bob Robertson as disaster shelter manager did an outstanding job.
Bill Troutman, Kilauea
Kauai an island so small, yet so strong
So serene you would think nothing can go wrong.
Mother Nature has put us to the test that we know
The rain may fall, the wind may blow.
No matter the damage she may do
We always come together and show her a thing or two.
The rain this time was way too much
You cut off our roads, put people out of touch.
You took houses and made them sink
Cars washed away, what did you think?
Is this your way of telling us to look around?
Telling us to stand firmly on the ground.
I think you see how crowded we are
Our roads overwhelmed with all the cars.
A way to cleanse this special place
Check out your priorities no matter your race.
Help one another, we always do.
Pass out food, clothes and don’t forget shoes.
Trinkets and pictures I know are lost
But lives bound together no matter the cost.
Stay strong Kauai that’s what you do.
My heart will always be with you.
Barbara Poor, Corvallis, Oregon