Veteran wants to send care packages to Kauaians at war

John Hoff of Lawa’i, who is a substitute teacher at Kaua’i High School, a military veteran, small business owner and candidate for several public offices, is also the mastermind behind Aloha Pax, a project to send care packages to military personnel stationed abroad.

The project grew out of the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, and to date hundreds of care packages have been sent out to troops around the world, as well as to New York City firefighters, policemen, ambulance workers, port authority personnel and others who responded to the World Trade Center and Pentagon disasters, as well as their families.

Now, Hoff wants addresses of service men and women abroad with Kaua’i connections, whether they’re in the war zone or not, so that care packages can be sent to them, he said.

Aloha Pax are small boxes filled with products grown and manufactured on Kaua’i, and other specialty items grown or manufactured elsewhere in the state.

Each box contains Kaua’i Coffee, jams and jellies from Kalaheo’s Hawaiian Fruit factory, Kaua’i Kookies, Kaua’i honey, Kaua’i salted seasoning, along with macadamia nuts and a small bottle of coffee liqueur from Honolulu.

Also included are hand-woven yarn lei and handmade greeting cards personalized by the senior citizens of the Kekaha Neighborhood Center.

Hoff founded the project, sponsored by the nonprofit corporation Kaua’i Senior Centers, Inc. Not only did Kaua’i Senior Centers, Inc. sponsor the project, but KSC volunteers and others also packed over 500 Aloha Pax delivered or shipped out since the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

To reach Hoff, please call 332-9745, or e-mail him at mailto:alohapax@geetech.net.

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