Walking to help others

More than 2,000 walkers braved early morning sprinkles Saturday to help raise more than $215,241 for Kauai nonprofit organizations.

The 36th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, hosted by the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Kauai Chapter, unfolded as the sounds of Tsunami Taiko, under the direction of Jo Ann Parongao, roused the town of Lihue from its slumber.

The Lawai Beach Resort, earning the Most Spirited Aid Station award, topped the clusters of aid stations which provided refreshments and encouragement to walkers (and runners) along the approximately three-mile course.

Lillian Watari was the top individual fundraiser with more than $5,875 raised followed by David Mora of the St. Regis at Princeville and Marie Tiraschi.

Arlene Tamura was the winner of a grand prize flat screen television set provided by Oceanic Time Warner Cable.

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