Where the kids are: Egg hunts draw crowds

Which egg hunt do you pick when they’re all at the same time?

Hundreds of children and their parents didn’t have that problem yesterday as they turned out for the annual Big Save Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the historic County Building.

“I was wondering about the Kilohana one, but I didn’t know what kind of prizes they were giving,” said one mother shepherding three anxious egg hunters. “And I’m not an employee at Wilcox Hospital, so this one is still the best.”

Late Friday afternoon, Lani Yukimura of the Wilcox Hospital community relations office said the hospital was hosting an egg hunt in their employee parking area the following morning.

Earlier in the week, Terri Goo of the Kaua‘i Plantation Railway announced the new rail system was hosting an egg hunt Saturday on the grounds of the Kilohana Estates starting at 8:30 a.m.

Big Save hosted the historic County Building hunt and a second one at the Waimea Canyon Park.

“I didn’t realize it until now, but this is Big Save’s 50th consecutive year of hosting Easter egg hunts,” said May Kawakami, an administrative offices employee.

Calvin Sakai was monitoring one of the three age group sections in Lihu‘e, his arms holding two trays of colored eggs to fill baskets of those who were a little too shy when Wesley Park announced the go-ahead.

Egg hunters and their parents were treated to a variety of snacks and refreshments courtesy of the vendors who supply the local supermarket chain.

For Kelsie Iida-Vierra, the Saturday hunt at the County Building was especially fruitful.

The youngster discovered she had not one, but two of the special eggs that contained slips for prizes. Her slips earned her two of three home stereo systems.

“I don’t know how she did it,” said Mary Figaroa, manager of the Lihu‘e Big Save. “But she got two of the slips and now she’s one happy person.”

In addition to the prizes, holders of the special eggs also earned gift cards from Jamba Juice.

When the sun rises for Easter Sunday, pickings will be slimmer for Easter egg hunts. One of the final ones is scheduled for 8:30 this morning at the Kekaha Park. Others are being hosted by community churches such as the Koloa Missionary Church at 8:30 a.m.

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