According to those in attendance, the tendance, lot at Kilohana was overflowing during a fund-raiser for Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste recently.
It is estimated that well over 2,000 people showed up at the mayor’s fund-raiser, according to a press release.
“It was heartwarming to see so many people,” said the mayor. “It was definitely the biggest turnout for a fundraiser that I’ve had in my entire career.” Char Ravelo, publisher of Inspiration magazine, was among the members of the crowd at the fund-raiser.
She said that she came to the event because she wanted to show her support.
“Mayor Baptiste is very accessible, and listens to the concerns of the community,” Ravelo said.
“Being a small-business person is not always easy on Kaua‘i, so it’s nice to know that we have a mayor who is supportive,” Ravelo said.
The mayor announced his bid for re-election last October, saying that he would like to continue to serve the needs of Kaua‘i residents.
During his first term, the mayor and members of his team have worked on a number of projects, including affordable housing, the adolescent residential drugtreatment facility, drug prevention, the island’s first emergency homeless shelter, Vidinha Stadium’s rubberized track, and the Team Tech Kaua‘i Adopt a School program, he said.