Zumba rocks health and wellness fair

LIHU‘E — More than three dozen vendors offering resources on a range of topics related to recovery, health and wellness collected in the breezeway between the Pi‘ikoi and Mo‘ikeha buildings at the Lihu‘e Civic Center, Thursday.

The county’s Health and Wellness Fair attracted a wide range of people who had interests in early childhood development to people dealing with issues on substance abuse.

Anna Velasco had people rocking in the lobby of the Pi‘ikoi Building with her demonstration of Zumba fitness. Meanwhile, the county’s Committee on the Status of Women offered spaghetti while working with a survey on domestic violence and coordinating the Kaua‘i Community College School of Nursing students in administering flu shots.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. took advantage of the gathering to highlight the variety of services available to the people of Kaua‘i by filming his weekly television show at the fair while stopping to chat with different organizations.

Humberto Blanco of the Alzheimer’s Association, Kaua‘i Regional Office, distributed information on the disease which affects more than 31,000 people in Hawai‘i. He also was actively soliciting participants in the annual “Walk to end Alzheimer’s” which will take place at the Kukui Grove Center, Oct. 8.

“Registration starts at 7 a.m., with the walk starting at 8 a.m.,” he said.

Registration can be done at www.walktoendalz.kintera.org/kauai, or by calling 245-3200.

Adjacent to the Alzheimer’s table, the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i was contemplating participating, but its involvement with the Kaua‘i Lifeguards Association First Wave Celebration, Oct. 9 had its members occupied.

Participants for this year’s fair included the AARP, Chapter 654 and the Senior Medicare Patrol whose goal is to discover fraud in Medicare.

The Agency on Elderly Affairs was highlighted with its Senior ID program and joined by Alanon Family Groups, Kaua‘i District, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alu Like, the county’s Anti-Drug program, Brainwaves Kaua‘i, Child and Family Services, Circles of Light, the county’s Department of Liquor, the Garden Island TRI Fest, Good Beginnings Alliance, Hale Kipa, Hale ‘Opio Kaua‘i, Heart Vision Coaching, Hina Mauka-Teen Care, HMSA, Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i, the Kapa‘a Boys and Girls Club, Kaua‘i Drug Court, Kaua‘i Family Guidance Center, Kaua‘i Police Department, Love the Journey, Malama Pono Health Services, McKenna Recovery Center, Narcotics Anonymous, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Psychic Service, Indeed!, Trance-Formations, U Turn for Christ, Women in Need and YWCA.

•Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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