Princeville at Hanalei recently sponsored a pa‘ina for the Kilauea community to celebrate the completion of its baseball dugout project. Mahalo to General Manager Jay Furfaro for helping to make this event possible, and to the Kilauea community for their support and volunteerism on the new baseball dugouts and backstop. Nearly three years in the making, this project would not have been possible without a grant made possible by Mayor Bryan Baptiste, the Kaua‘i County Council, Eddie Sarita of the county’s Ho‘olokahi Project, Donald Fujimoto of the county’s (Department of Public Works) Engineering Department, and Mel Nishihara of the county’s Parks Division.
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the following individuals and businesses who contributed countless hours and resources to this much-needed project: Karl Kimura, Sid Belmonte, Ikaika Woodward, John Kailikea, Aaron Belmonte, Val Inanod, Kuni Sugahara, Gary Pacheco, Eugene Belmonte, Thomas Nakagoshi, Benjie Busto, Spencer Gushiken, James “Braddah” Paik, Dennis Dato, Bryan Aiwohi, Pauly Kuwamura, Jimmy Quinones, Gary Smith, Harry Paik, Juny Yadao, Paleka Lazaro, Kunane Mersberg, Lenley Doiron, Corey Sarmiento, Jim Spencer, Lennox Camat, Jeff Lutz, Shelly Spencer, Lenny Camat, Adrianne Chandler, Jordan Berg, Michael Esona, Kapiolani Chandler, Devi Berg, Roy Constantino, Connor Chandler, Peter Sperry, Yoshi Harada, Kelly Kaona, Paul Sperry, Miles Sugahara, Kyle Kaona, Kimo Andrade, Rick Estrada, Katelyn Kaona, Alan Cadawas, Clifton Cadawas, Maile Kimura, Shaylyn Kimura, Alex Kelekoma, Alan “King” Kimura, Terra Kimura, Kealoha Saffrey, Terry Caplan, Torren Kimura, Berta Heath, Taelee Kimura, Alan Gushiken, Cindy Duterte, Lloyd Haraguchi, Ranson Camat, Jarrett Rabot, Rodney Yadao, Honsador Lumber (Greg, Ray and Susan), RSI / Rosa’s Roofing, Aloha Lumber, Princeville Corporation, Island Hardware, North Shore Lions Club, Spencer’s Masonry, Princeville at Hanalei (Jay Furfaro), Princeville at Hanalei Employee Council, and Akamai Fencing.
A special mahalo goes out to Mark Furugen, Damian Baptiste, and Eddie Sarita, who went beyond the call to make this project a reality. I look forward to working with all of these dedicated people on future projects in Kilauea, and am proud to live in such a fine community.
• Jan Kimura, Kilauea