Community Thanksgiving dinners planned across Kaua’i

Kaua’i churches and community organizations today start serving Thanksgiving meals for those less fortunate, and those who don’t have family to spend the holiday with.

– The Church of the Nazarene in Hanapepe today at noon will have a turkey luncheon following their morning service with Pastor Bud Rich. The public is invited, as are interested members of the church. Call 335-5584.

– Aloha Church, across from Kukui Grove Shopping Center and Taco Bell along Kaumuali’i Highway, is having its 9th annual dinner this evening from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Entertainment will include hula and singing, and door prizes for kids, teens, and adults. About 400 people are expected to attend. Call 241-7177.

– Last year the Salvation Army served nearly 1,000 people at its Thanksgiving luncheons.

The Salvation Army will again have community family luncheons, in Lihu’e (across from the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall) and Hanapepe (next to the Hanapepe ball park), both on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. – noon.

Hanapepe Salvation Army Captains Karen and Robert Schmig are expecting to serve 350-400 people. The Hyatt Regency Kaua’i is preparing the turkey, rice, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. In Lihu’e, turkeys and other food are being provided by the Kauai Food Bank.

Both events will have door prizes and entertainment. In Lihu’e, Larry Rivera and the Salvation Army Cultural Dancers will perform; Hanapepe will have Westside senior center members and Ho’ike’s J. Robertson as emcee. Call 245-2571 or 335-5441 for more information.

– The Hawaiian Club at Kapa’a High School is working a Thanksgiving imu service where people can bring food items to be cooked in the imu they are digging on the KHS campus. Pork, laulau, sweet potato, turkey and many other foods can be put in the traditional oven. Items must be seasoned and wrapped in foil, and placed in a foil pan. Tickets are $10 for 20 pounds of food.

“It’s a great fundraiser and a community service that teaches about this traditional ritual,” said Kumu Kae’e Calica. The Hawaiian Club will use the money for cultural and educational trips as well as lobbying trips to the Hawaii state legislature.

Drop-off is Wednesday at the KHS cafeteria from 3 – 6 p.m. Food will be ready for pick-up Thanksgiving morning from 8 – 11 a.m. Call Kumu Kae’e Calica at Kapa’a High School at 821-4400 or 651-8458.

– Seven North Shore churches have partnered to serve lunch at the Hanalei School cafeteria Thanksgiving Day, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., to an expected 400 people. Last year, about 250 dinners were served to those confined to their homes from Ha’ena to Kapa’a, and at least 350 more diners came through the doors at Hanalei School.

The luncheon started out to feed the homeless people and those who can’t get out of their homes. Hanalei School students have created placemats for the delivery meals for the past four years. The food is cooked at the Sheraton Princeville Resort.

“We said ‘this is something we can do for the community,’ and we did it,” said Gary Pacheco, one of the original organizers.

Entertainers from the North Shore are set to perform and include the “Mango Brothers” (Mitsu and Howard Yokotake) and the Chandler family.

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