Presto! 3 miles later and you have tie dye

LIHUE — The inaugural Color Relay is coming to Kauai Saturday at the Puakea Golf Course and the Kukui Grove Center.

Registration for the school benefit, where participants get covered in colorful powder, has been off to a good start, Hayakawa said.

“Our goal is to have at least 500 runners participate,” he said. “Right now, we have more than 200 participants signed up, and we’ll be taking registrations up until Saturday.”

Race day registration takes place at 6 a.m.

During the Color Relay, which will start at 7 a.m., participants will leave the side parking lot at the Big Kmart store, make their way up Pikake Street to Nuhou Road, turn left and go through the back nine holes of the Puakea Golf Course, a distance of about three miles.

Along the way, there are five stations set up where participants, starting the route with a plain white shirt, will be doused with a special paint powder.

“We have the relay set up for those who don’t want to do the entire three miles, but want the experience of the color,” said Mary Lardizabal, director of the Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band. “This way, they can have the fun experience, as well.”

Registration is a suggested donation of $20 for adults, and $10 for students with a valid student school ID, and seniors over 65 years old. The event is not recommended for youngsters under the age of 2 years old.

Hayakawa said students ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Color used in the Color Relay is made from food grade cornstarch and is non-toxic, Hayakawa said. Participants are encouraged to use glasses, goggles, and/or bandanas. Cell phones and cameras are encouraged to be kept in plastic bags.

Following the relay, showers and changing stations will be available.

The fun continues following the run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. when doors open to a craft fair, silent auction, keiki activities, Zumba and entertainment at the Kukui Grove Center.

Applications for vendors interested in participating in the craft fair can be obtained by contacting Lardizabal at the Kapaa Middle School.

Proceeds from the event will help defray expenses when the Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele travel to the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

“The band and choir has earned gold medals and top awards at this prestigious music festival for the past 13 years,” Hayakawa said. “We’re trying to see if they can make it No. 14.”

Hayakawa said this is a fun event and if successful, wants to make it an annual one.

Applications are available at the Shell Factory or Chique Boutique, located across Kojima Store in Kapaa, and at the Kapaa Middle School. Applications may also be requested by emailing or at


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