Wilcox baby parade tradition grows

LIHU‘E — It was hard to say who had more fun — the keiki or the kupuna — on Monday at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

Coordinated by Jade Elvenia and Nena Ynigued, the fifth annual Halloween parade attracted more than 300 babies and their parents and families to indulge in trick-or-treat offerings from the many departments at the hospital and Kaua‘i Medical Clinic.

“This is one of the ways the hospital thanks the community for having babies at Wilcox Hospital,” Ynigued said. “All of the departments get together for an employee contest and give back to the community through this event.”

With decorations and costumes galore, hospital staff set out traditional sweets, baked goods, toys and more for the afternoon parade.

“There’s still lots more time for people to come through,” a staff member said between the undulating wave of ghoulish characters through the hospital’s lobby. “This is a lot of fun. You have to give Nena credit for this because we never had this until she started. Now, we have this every year.”

Ynigued said the first year they hosted the event, there were only 20 babies.

“It’s just growing every year,” she said. “It’s become a tradition.”

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