Kaua’i’s top volunteers range in age from 17 to 83

CIRA de CASTILL0TGI Staff Writer

PUHI — Wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of a crowd who turned out last

night to honor 45 Kauaians, all nominees for Gov. Ben Cayetano’s annual

Kilohana volunteer service awards.

Five were named to represent the island

at a statewide ceremony in April.

“The level and commitment of Kaua’i’s

volunteers is really extraordinary,” said Lt. Governor Mazie K. Hirono who

presented the awards. “Their spirit is so uplifting and the results of their

service is a community that is healthy and strong.”

Kaua’i’s top five

volunteers are: McKlyn Cole Valenciano (Youth), Scott Robeson (Adult), Shigeko

Wada (Senior), Rosa’s Supply (Business) and Rotary Club of Poipu (Project).

They will represent the island at a ceremony at Washington Place on Friday,

April 14. The program will be hosted by Gov. Ben Cayetano and Honorary Kilohana

Awards Chair First Lady Vicky Cayetano.

McKlyn Cole Valenciano, 17, said he

was very surprised that he was selected as the Kaua’i youth representative.

“Even if it may be hard work, the end result is really gratifying,” said

Valenciano, who has done volunteer Boy Scout work as well as work at Sacred

Heart Church and Kalaheo School.

Scott Robesen, 56, a Wainiha resident,

said the Kaua’i Teen Force project that he works with makes a difference

because it uses adults mentors who work along with the teens and builds a trust

that allows them to provide a positive influence.

Shigeko Wada, 83, was

speechless at the honor she received in the senior category. Jeanne Stanwood,

her nominator, said that Wilcox Elementary teachers, where Wada volunteers,

said that the children love her and respond to her wonderful spirit.

Frank

Hay, of the Koke’e Leaseholders Association, said that the Koke’e Pavilion has

a roof because of the contribution of Jim Rosa of Rosa’s Supply, who was named

Kaua’i business volunteer nominee.

The Po’ipu Rotary Club was recognized

for “It’s a Guy Thing” project which features men who read to K-3 students at

the Koloa School. Jim McEvoy, president, said the feedback from the kids makes

the project so rewarding that the club is expanding the project to do one on

one reading with students who would benefit from more individual

attention.

“It’s wonderful, when the kids see you outside the school. They

come up and give you a hug and are so responsive.”

Hirono said that Kaua’i

has more nominees per capita and that the ceremony itself is unique in Kaua’i

style noting that kalo plants, the symbol of the Kilohana Award, were given to

each volunteer as part of the award.

“As we show our appreciation to those

who “live aloha”, we take the first steps to building safe and thriving

communities,” said Hirono.

The other Kaua’i Outstanding Kilohana

Volunteers are:

YOUTH: Tara Paskal, Andrew Pierce, Jessica Rogers, LaCona

Woltmon, Kristi Yasuda.

ADULT: Janice Bond, Bernie Brown, Daria Bruce,

Linda Faye-Collins,Linda Goding, Johanna Ventura Gornez, Michael

Goto,

Theresa Mahuiki, Lisa Mecca,J. Michael Scovel, Randy Tomlinson,

Byrene “Kala” Troche, Carol Yotsuda.

SENIOR: Emestina Atanacio, Josephine

Bandman, Jose Bulatao Jr., Robert Burnz, Marie Filson, Patricia Hering,

Theodore Inouye, Dorothy Ornellas, Margaret Oshita, Edee Seymour, Annie Smythe,

Lillian Takiguchi.

PROJECT: Beeper Team (Kauai Hospice Emergency

Bereavement Support Service), East Kauai Lions Club, Endeavor Project, Friends

of the North Shore library, Ho’ike Teen TV, Koloa Park Pavilion, Mini-indy

Grand Prix Race (YWCA of Kauai), Peer Education Program, Project

Graduation.

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