Easter Seals, robotics team raise funds at Lawa‘i Cannery sale

LAWA‘I — A golf ball can be the key to a Las Vegas trip, a shopping spree at Times Supermarket or something from A&B Jewelry.

“It all depends on which three fall into the hole first,” said Ellen Ching, director of Easter Seals Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, promoting a Golf Ball Drop fundraiser that will take place June 10 at the Kaua‘i Lagoons.

 “The first three balls dropping in the hole win, and the top prize is the Las Vegas trip,” she said.

Ching was soliciting donations for the golf balls on Sunday outside one of the several tents devoted to helping the Easter Seals raise funds at the Lawa‘i Cannery garage sale.

“The Easter Seals people are very well organized,” said Lorna Santos of the Lawai Cannery.

“They had people here early, and even have people helping to park cars.”

More than 40 vendors signed up for the event, which was hosted by Lawa‘i Cannery to benefit local nonprofit causes.

In addition to Easter Seals, the KauaiBots, a robotics team made up of students from four of Kaua‘i’s high schools, hosted a car wash to help with expenses for the group’s trip to O‘ahu for a robotics competition.

“The next garage sale is May 6 and benefits the Hanapepe Pop Warner Association,” Santos said. “People can register to be a vendor,” she said, adding that “space goes quickly.”

 More details can be obtained by contacting Raynette Kagawa of the Hanapepe Pop Warner Association, or the Lawa‘i Cannery Self Storage and Warehouse.

Kristy Kinimaka was one of the vendors in Lawai on Sunday.

Her business promotes “Live Laugh Aloha” shirts, headwear and bracelets through special events such as the Lawa‘i Cannery sale and through her business website.

Kendal Andersland had the honor of manning the “Live Laugh Aloha” table during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities at Rob’s Good Time Grill on Saturday at the Rice Shopping Center.

“Kendal’s really good at marketing,” Kinimaka said.

 “She’s a lot better at it than I am. I prefer to be behind the scenes just making the goods.”

A shopper from Kilauea said he was making a day out of the event.

He opted to stop at the cannery, where he found a great bargain in a $4 axe. Then he  said he would head to the Lawa‘i Menehune Mart for some food and to Sueoka’s in Koloa for some more food before heading back to Kilauea.

Ching said plants were among the items being sold by Easter Seals volunteers.

“We really need a place where we can let people know about the plants,” a volunteer manning the booth said.

“The clients do a really good job of growing the plants, but they are not salespeople. They just like to grow the plants,” the volunteer said.

Ching said the Golf Ball Drop will take place June 10 at the Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club through the courtesy of Jack Harter Helicopters and A&B Jewelry.

This Saturday, bargain hunters have an opportunity for more shopping when Grove Farm hosts its swap meet from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grove Farm Park in Puhi.

There is no admission fee for shoppers.

Call 245-3678 for more information.

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

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