Local dads celebrate their day with fishing

His scepter was a rake, his foldable crown came from the burger place.

Those were the rewards heaped upon Irinio Soriano who was named “Father of the Year” yesterday afternoon by Kaua‘i Filipino Community Council Executive Vice President Charlmaine Bulosan.

The announcement capped the annual KFCC membership meeting where scholarship recipients for the 2008 scholastic year were also presented.

Dads around the island celebrated Father’s Day yesterday with their children. There was plenty fishing, food and family time as residents enjoyed the decades-old holiday.

Christine Yotsuda, the reigning Miss Kaua‘i Filipina, had the honor of drawing the lucky father whom Bulosan labeled “King for a Day — just a day.”

As the fabric folding chair was locked into place, whoops of celebration rang through the convention hall when Bulosan announced Soriano as the lucky winner.

Soriano was crowned with a paper crown by Yotsuda, but only after being presented with the traditional bouquet of flowers and a scepter that had a strong resemblance to a yard rake.

At the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor, more than four dozen dads were enjoying Father’s Day with their families as the Nawiliwili Yacht Club hosted its annual Father’s Day fishing contest for youngsters up to 13 years old.

The budding anglers were accompanied by their fathers and mothers as they set up camp along the waterline at the harbor seeking out the elusive big one.

Scott Taba was not one of those anglers. Instead, he was greeted by his father Glenn after a morning at sea.

He returned with an ahi that Glenn estimated to be roughly 180 pounds.

That catch capped the Taba family weekend which started when Glenn was announced the winner of FM 97’s Father’s Day Hanapa‘a contest, earning a golf package from the Kukuiolono Golf Course and the Pro Am shop in the Rice Shopping Center.

Bulosan said that in today’s world, people tend to overlook fathers, but they are the ones who are always there whether for moral or financial support.

The idea for father’s day is credited to a Spokane, Wash., woman. Her name was Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of a retired Civil War veteran, Bulosan said.

Dodd, who was raised by her father following her mother’s passing, wanted her father to know how special he was because of all the sacrifices he made while raising her.

That was in 1909, and the first recognized Father’s Day celebration was June 19, 1910, the month of June being selected because that was the birth month of Dodd’s father.

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in 1924 with roses being the Father’s Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City, and according to the Morning Glow holidays Web site, Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956.

Bulosan said the Father’s Day observance has been recognized by several United States presidents including Woodrow Wilson. She said it was Coolidge who said the event was created to establish more intimate relationships between children and their fathers.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson recognized Father’s Day as being the third Sunday in June, but it was not until 1972 when President Richard Nixon established Father’s Day as a permanent national observance on the third Sunday in June.

Bulosan closed the celebration by saying, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy.”

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