LIHU‘E — Thursday was a good day for the Moises family.
Not only did Shealee Moises win the Best Girl Costume contest for children age 3 and younger, but her dad, Dustin Moises, was named Employee of the Quarter at the Department of Water.
The county’s Employee Council launched a weekend of Halloween and fall festivities with its annual Spooktacular event. On Thursday, more than 300 youngsters, primarily family members of Kaua‘i county employees, converged on the breezeway between the Pi‘ikoi Building and the Lihu‘e Civic Center.
Jaden Gandia won the Best Boy Costume award, a counterpart to Shealee in the ages 3 and younger group. Austin Renaud captured Most Creative, Anjoelina Miyashiro was the Hero, Kyrian Yamase was the Princess in the 4 to 6 age group.
Harlee Fujimoto was deemed Most Creative in the 7 to 10 age group, Joshua Gandia emerged as the Hero and Amalya Sales got the Princess crown.
Kawehi Tamashiro, in ninja garb as Theresa Koki’s “bodyguard,” topped the 11 to teen age group, and Allison Fraley and Cherisse Zaima tied for overall Adult/Employee costuming.
Candyland County, complete with a King Licorice and Candy Queen, earned Public Works Building and Engineering Best in Show award in the Door (and front area) Decorating contest. Freddy Levinthol was supposed to be the Chinese cook in the Best Theme Presentation, which was earned by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The use of audio amplification drew the nighttime characters out of the dark in the Neverland of Planning, where trick-or-treaters were lucky there were no pirates in the group.
One of the railings on the second floor was transformed into a bike carrier to earn “Get on the Bus,” its Best Decorations award, and Sexy Cleopatra was in the house at the “Disco Party,” which earned the Office of Elderly Affairs a Just Plain Cool award.
The county’s Employee Council function launches a weekend of activities for families throughout the island in celebration of Halloween.
Visit www.thegardenisland.com and check out the Lifestyle section for more information on Halloween events around the island.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.