Plantation Days had something for everyone

OTE TO RD: two photos—portrait/mug of Dease, kids roping on a parade float.

A native son and whole community enjoyed, benefitted from event

By DENNIS WILKEN

TGI Staff Writer

KOLOA—Peter W. Dease had

been away from Kaua’i for almost three decades.

He lived and worked for the

state’s tourism board in Chicago for 28 years until “they closed all the

mainland offices.”

But in the two and half years since he’s been back,

Dease has made himself useful. He’s a docent at the Kaua’i Museum, and a tour

guide at the Botanical Gardens and Grove Farms Museum.

Dease was helping

out another worthy cause at last Saturday’s Plantation Days Parade in Koloa. He

was there selling t-shirts and promoting Koloa Scholarship

Fundraisers.

“What we do is we take students—from mothers who want to go

back to school, to teenagers—and help them further their education,” Dease

explained.

Students are selected from the Greater Koloa area.

“They

don’t necessarily have to be at the top of their class. One fellow with

learning disabilities was a B student, but he worked so hard to do that. The

Phi Beta Kappas receive scholarships from all over. We like to award students

with more of a potential to return to Kaua’i…nursing or teaching, although

they can study anything,” Dease said.

Dease said Koloa Scholarship

Fundraisers has awarded 33 scholarships in the past six years, including five

this May.

The group has tried various fund-raising methods, including a

testimonial dinner for Phyllis Kunimura (Tony Kunimura’s widow) and golf

tournaments.

Dease has ties to old Koloa. His great-great-grandfather, Dr.

A.H. Waterhouse, practiced medicine in Koloa.

Dease, born and raised in

Koloa, was delivered by his own grandfather, James W. Smith, who Dease said was

the only doctor practicing in Koloa for more than 40 years.

The t-shirts

Dease was selling at the parade were designed by another relative, Lorie Dill,

and manufactured by Nite Owl T-shirts in Port Allen, a going Kaua’i concern for

the past 15 years.

Dease said one quarter of everything raised goes

directly into an endowment fund, which keeps growing and pays for two of the

five or six annual scholarships awarded.

People wishing to contribute or

buy a $15 t-shirt can do so by writing Koloa Scholarship Fundraisers, P.O. Box

57, Koloa, HI 96756. Information is also available in the shopping area of The

Garden Island webpage (kaua’iworld.com).

Dease was so busy soliciting funds

for scholarships, he missed the parade honoring Hawai’i (and Kaua’i) medal

winners from World War II. The procession, along with a crafts fair, live

entertainment and surfing contests, were part of the eight-day Plantation Days

celebration that offered fun for all and recognition for many of the islands’

people.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext.

252).

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