On June 20th Leadership Kaua’i celebrated their 4th annual leadership class graduation at The Sheraton Kaua’i Resort in Poi’s. The event included a detailed presentation by the graduates of their year in leadership, community projects and action for Kaua’i’s future. Keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor James Duke Aiona Jr. spoke on what it takes to be an effective leader in the community. He closed with the importance of living the aloha spirit when it comes to defining the leaders and people within the community.
Leadership Kaua’i’s adult 2008 program participants committed to three community service projects over their year of study: “Operation restore Polihale,” a community project that comes at a much needed time and has included restoration and cleaning of the campground and bathroom areas at Polihale State Park; the “Aukahi life skills” program provided resources, tools and education in life skills for high school seniors. They also created a Website that will help high school students easily access these resources to be successful after high school and finally the mentoring group that linked the Kaua‘i Longitudinal Study and Kukui Malamalama Mentoring Children of Kaua‘i program. This group helped coordinate several event days that fostered the relationships of positive role models for at-risk Kaua’i Youth.