Songs of the season mark county employees’ holidays

LIHU’E — Similar to members of other organizations and businesses around the island, employees of the County of Kaua’i took time to enjoy some holiday revelry through the efforts of Soncy Tamashiro and Theresa Koki of the County Employee Council.

The annual employee song contest, as well as wreath and ornament competitions, brought county work to a virtual standstill for a few hours earlier this week.

Kaua’i Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste thanked the participants from the various departments for coming to celebrate the season with their friends and colleagues in the County of Kaua’i family.

Judges had the task of finding out who was best in the song contest, although, judging from the reaction of the people congregated in the rotunda of the Lihu’e Civic Center Mo’ikeha Building, each group that presented a song in A Holly, Jolly Christmas event had winning attributes.

When the dust and laughter subsided, the panel of judges deemed the Offices of Community Assistance members winners of first-place honors, followed by members of the Kaua’i Fire Department’s 17th recruit class, with those from the Department of Public Works administration offices placing third.

Santa Claus had treats for all, courtesy of workers in the Office of Economic Development and Department of Finance.

Additionally, employing the talents of various entertainment professionals in the community, Robbie Kaholokula, OED tourism coordinator and an accomplished professional musician himself, led members of the department and audience in a special tribute to Kaua’i soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Office of Economic Development members rendered a touching version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and a “Silent Night Medley.”

Bekki Malapit and Margie Loo from the Department of Water captured the Most Creative award in the Wreath Contest, while Sheila Davis of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney earned the Most Beautiful/Festive award.

G. Okamoto of DPW-Engineering took the Most Creative honors in the adult division of the Ornament Contest, with Rosa Flores of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney getting the Most Beautiful award.

Jasmine Silva, the daughter of Sherri Silva of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, was the winner of the Most Creative award in the child division in the Ornament Contest, with Kelli Loo, daughter of Margie Loo of the Department of Water, getting the Most Beautiful honor.

“During this holiday season, and through the New Year, I wish only the best for each and every one of you, and your families,” Baptiste said.

“It is a pleasure to serve Kaua’i with you, and I look forward to our successes in the New Year.”

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