Among the hundreds of pounds of food and drink being delivered to the Kula High & Intermediate School Waipake campus shelter site near Kilauea last week was a fresh batch of poi from Hanalei Poi Company.
Like the rest of the island, the Hanalei Valley taro fields have been getting drenched with rain, which in excess is bad news for the taro farmers.
But as soon as the road opened and Bino Fitzgerald was able to fire up the poi factory, he made the welcome delivery, said Bob Robertson, the school shelter manager and an American Red Cross and Kilauea Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.
“Kula School shelter was receiving donations of food supplies, and when Hanalei Poi arrived, I was able to get this picture,” he said.
“Their smiles reflect the community and business support that came so many times to Kula School,” said Robertson, who wanted to thank the staff, management and students at Kula High & Intermediate School, members of the North Shore community, amateur radio aficionados, members of the business community, County of Kaua‘i, search-and-rescue workers, those at KQNG radio, and representatives of all the public agencies involved.
“Their continuing efforts are truly a blessing for Kaua‘i,” Robertson concluded.