On behalf of the Friendship Force Exchange Directors of Kauai and Saitama, Japan, we wish to thank the people of Kauai for their warm aloha. The 21 club members from Omiya prefecture were overwhelmed by the friendly spirit of the local people. They had a wonderful cultural exchange and felt very comfortable here. They made many friends and have many good memories to take back to Japan.
To make a exchange successful, there are many people and local businesses to thank for their generosity, and we wished to do so publicly. These people make Kauai a very special place.
The mayor, Bryan Baptiste; Julie Souza, Herman Paleka and the Lihue Seniors; The Garden Island newspaper, Kendyce Manguchei, Dennis Fujimoto, Lynne Cosner, Na Aina Kai Gardens; Marti McHenry, Joyce and Ed Doty, Janine Leong; Bob Schleck, Grove Farm Homesteads, Smith’s Boats, Holo Holo Charters, Kerri Das, Wayne Miyata, Greg Shepherd, Robert Yamada, Jonathan Williams, Safeway Market, The Halau Ka’Imi Na Auao O Hawai‘i Nei, Kumu Keahi Manea, Pat Finberg, Sharee Anderson,The Order of Kamehameha, Ron Iida, Joe’s On the Green, Joe Battieger, Caroline Fredericksen, Michael Stauber, Mark Richards, Mark Koehler, Georgene and Ed Yamada, Pat and Larry Chaffin, Louis and Jan Patch, Rafael and Carmencita Yasis, Jenny and Harvey Shannon, Patti Pantone, Frank and Laura Marsh, Don and Joy Wills, Hualani and David Duncan, Elaine and Robbie Reneau, Meph Wyeth, Annelise Martin, Conchita Kobayashi, Carol Hamamura, Nelson Kaai, Linda Hunt, Lois Frenzel, Gaetano Vasta, Reva Stiglmeier, Graceleanor Baird, Gladys Horner, George and Dorris Batt, and Lilly Daily.
Exchange Director, Kaua‘i