Fire knife to light luminaria at North Shore Relay

LIHUE — Fire knife dancing, taiko drumming and ukulele musicians will greet people who attend The North Shore Relay for Life Friday.

The program starts at 6 p.m. Friday when Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. is expected to lead the Survivors Lap followed by the Caregivers Lap.

Recently thrilling the audience with its fire knife antics at Heiva I Kauai, the Drake Ohana said it is thrilled to be part of the North Shore Relay for Life which, this year, will take place on the fields at the Kauai Christian Academy in Kilauea. The Drake Ohana will be leading the luminaria ceremony.

Haley Gokan, a student at the Kapaa Middle School, said she will be doing back-to-back performances, first with the Joyful Noise taiko group under the direction of Aki Conquest followed by a performance with the Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band under the direction of Mary Lardizabal.

“This night filled with fun, games, making new friends and entertainment serves to honor survivors and continue to ceaselessly fight against cancer,” said Katie Burleson of the American Cancer Society.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Miss Hawaii United States, Lauren Hickey, and participate a Miss-ter Relay competition.

Burleson said individuals and teams can participate in the North Shore Relay, raising funds for education and research.

“Cancer never sleeps,” Burleson said. “And for this one night, so can you. Join friends, family, co-workers and neighbors in this overnight event to raise funds to eliminate cancer from our lives.”

During the North Shore Relay for Life, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, teams are encouraged to keep a continuous presence on the track throughout the night, walking in shifts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

The event is not limited to an all-night walk as people are invited to come for an hour, or stay the entire night, Burleson said.

Peppered throughout the night are contests, prizes and live entertainment.

Funds raised during the Relay for Life help support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Visit www.relayforlife.org and search for North Shore to register or contribute.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.

For more information, call 246-0695.

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