Family summit offers lifeline to community

KAPAA — “We need to start rescuing our youth,” said Theresa Koki of Life’s Choices on Saturday.

David Bown of Life’s Strategies had some of the answers, his inflatable boat attracting scores of youngsters who lost little time donning the life jackets before tossing the lifeline.

The Eastside Family Summit offered a variety of resources geared toward building stronger families and community as a hedge against making wrong choices.

“We’re doing this for future generations,” said Kapaa High School principal Daniel Hamada. “We have to walk the talk.”

Bill Arakaki, Kauai Complex Area superintendent, said the first summits appeared 11 years ago while he was a principal at Waimea High School.

“This is all about families,” Arakaki said. “This is a collaborative effort between the community and schools to offer resources for all children from the very young through high school.”


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