Salvation Army extends a mahalo to volunteers

LIHUE — For small business owners Ron and Krissi Miller, working with the Salvation Army was a no-brainer. The Millers, who own Hukilau Lanai, became involved with the nonprofit in 2007. They feel it is vital to share their love of food and feeding people who need it the most.

“The community is constantly giving to us,” Krissi said. “Even the word ‘community’ explains the need for us tall help each other and work together.”

The Millers are among six honorees who will be recognized during the Salvation Army of Kauai’s annual mahalo luncheon.

 The honorees include Kauai Coffee Co.; the Contractors Association of Kauai; Elizabeth Dutdut; Kilaina Clement; Kauai High School Key Club; and the Hukilau Lanai.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Kauai Museum Courtyard in Lihue. Tickets are $30 per person, and all proceeds will be donated to the Kokua Soup Kitchen, which serves approximately 350 free hot, healthy meals to Kauai residents each week. To purchase tickets, contact Major Mario Reyes at (808) 482-4134.

Dickie Chang of “Walalau” will ecmee the event, and the guest speaker is Marc Alexander from Institute of Human Services, Hawaii. The ISH is a a social and support services agency, which works to end homelessness by offering emergency shelter, food programs and outreach services.

Lunch will be catered by Mark’s Place & Contemporary Flavors Catering, and there will be door prizes plus baked goods, from the Kokua Soup Kitchen.

About the honorees:

• Kauai Coffee Co. has been a long-time partner of the Salvation Army of Kauai, providing coffee and refreshments for the Salvation Army’s programs, including the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon.

• The Contractors Association of Kauai has donated to the Hanapepe Corps since 2006. The association has assisted through donations of canned goods, paper products and monetary donations to help the food pantry, and has continued to do so despite tough economic times.

• Elizabeth Dutdut has been a long-time volunteer at the Hanapepe Corps.  Her dedication to the Salvation Army and its mission to help others inspired Lts. Austin and Nayomia Anderson to see her recognized for her work.

• Kilaina Clement is an instrumental part of the Lihue Corps, who offers year-round support to the Salvation Army. He has continually supported the Corps as a red kettle bell ringer, volunteer gardener, Thrift Store volunteer and worker at the annual Thanksgiving luncheon.

• The Kauai High School Key Club has been a long-time supporter of the Lihue Corps. The high school volunteer group has spread much holiday cheer during the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign during the Christmas season. Students have donated their time to ring bells at the kettles and collect money for the Salvation Army, in addition to volunteering at the thrift store and Thanksgiving luncheon.

• Hukilau Lanai owners Krissi and Ron Miller have supported the Salvation Army through their food donations to the soup kitchen. In addition to providing fresh, locally-sourced meals to the Kokua Soup Kitchen, the Millers named the Salvation Army as its beneficiary when they won the Kauai County Farm Bureau chef challenge in August 2012.

Seating for this event is limited. Call 482-4134 or 245-2571 for more information.

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