North Shore to join Pop Warner

ut group is in dire need of financial help to make it happenANAHOLA —

The North Shore will be joining Pop Warner for competition this fall, but

organizers say they’re in dire need of financial help.

The North Shore Pop

Warner Association’s district will be recruiting players from Anahola to

Ha’ena, and they’ll compete in the Kaua’i Pop Warner League’s Pee Wee and

Midget Divisions.

The North Shore Giants will be the Pee Wee team and the

North Shore Chiefs will be the Midget team. They will wear “Kaua’i” purple with

black and white trim.

The Kaua’i league’s other competing associations are

Kapa’a, Lihu’e, Koloa, Hanapepe and Kekaha.

The North Shore association

plans to suit up 70 players at a minimum cost of $13,000 — which is $13,000

more than the group’s starting point.

In addition, the association also

hopes to have cheerleaders, which would be an additional cost.

One

fundraiser has already been held and other fundraisers are being planned to

help cover the cost of equipment and operating expenses.

So far, just a

little over 10 percent of the equipment costs have been raised.

“The work

has been hard,” said association secretary Tracy Kuhaulua. “We have a petition

with 200 signatures to prove how interested everybody in our community is in

starting a great sport like Pop Warner here. We are in dire need of financial

help from any business or individual in the community, and we’ve solicited over

100 businesses. We will probably be working daily, because we feel the kids

deserve this jump start in life. Football is an excellent sport to teach our

youth.”

The idea for a North Shore Pop Warner Association came from Wilfred

Kaui of Anahola. A few years ago, an effort was made to start it up, but the

idea never came to complete fruition, mostly due to a lack of

participation.

A community meeting was held recently, and many North Shore

youths made verbal commitments and were ready to sign up.

“The meeting was

attended by many parents, grandparents and especially the players,” said

Kuhaulua. “All who came were seriously interested in what Mr. Kaui had to

say.”

Other board members are president Abraham Makanui, vice president

Benjamin Kuhaulua III and treasurer Kale Smith.

The association’s

headquarters are the Anahola Clubhouse Park on Kawelo St.

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