Hunting for bargains and history

LAWAI — A Barney doll and a truck for 50 cents each was enough reason for Melissa McFerrin-Warrack to have braved the Sunday morning mist.

“I’ve been here for years and have never checked out this sale,” McFerrin-Warrack, of The Shops at Kukuiula, said. “And when I found the Barney for 50 cents, and a truck for 50 cents, what a bargain! Two pieces for only a dollar!”

A steady stream of shoppers braved the intermittent Sunday morning showers to browse through the offerings of more than 36 vendors at the Lawai Cannery Self Storage garage sale, benefiting the Kauaibots 2465 program.

“I’m not into clothes and I don’t really need any of the items, but I’m looking for history,” said Reggie Gage, a regular shopper. “But history is hard to find. You just have to keep looking.”

Lorna Santos of the Lawai Cannery Self Storage, located at 3470 Lauoho Road, said the registration fees for the vendors go to the beneficiary, usually a nonprofit organization. Additionally, Lawai Cannery provides the beneficiary organization space where they are able to vend items.

Charlene Steuri, of the Kauaibots 2465 program, said the robotics program geared for high school students will launch after the holidays with the team and its adult volunteer mentors having a specified number of days to create a robot based on the mission which will be unveiled to all the teams in January.

Once completed, the robot will be shipped to Oahu where it will compete with other robotics teams during the March state meet held at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“The Kauaibot 2465 team is unique in that students from the high schools on the island come together to form the Kauaibots,” Steuri said. “This year, we also have students from the Kawaikini Public Charter School and some home school students joining the team.”

Val Rynda of FM97, a regular shopper at the Lawai Cannery sale, said her daughter was going around taking lunch orders from the vendors as a supplement to the fundraising efforts.

“They have coffee from Lappert’s which benefits the program,” said Rynda, who earlier scored some Christmas ornaments during her search through the offerings. “Sales of this coffee helps the Kauaibots program, too.”

Kaui Cutcher of Anahola was a first-time vendor at the Lawai Cannery sale, offering a line of reasonably-priced earrings and key chains fashioned from used beverage bottle caps.

“I just started this a couple of months ago,” Cutcher said. “This is the first time I’ve actually brought this out to a public sale, and it’s been going quite well.”

Lawai Cannery Self Storage is open seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m. Call 332-5929 for more information.

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