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Schools flock to powwow

WAILUA — The Kauai Powwow Council opened its 2014 Kauai Powwow with not one, but two school outreach programs.

“We had 400 keiki planning to attend the school outreach program,” said Dr. Kani Blackwell, president of the Kauai Powwow Council. “But there were another 400 wanting to attend. With Kapaa Elementary School having a development day, Friday which would have prevented those students from attending, we decided to host two school outreach programs.”

In order to accomodate the extra day, Blackwell said her “friends” took out Life Membership contributions to help lodge the guests, including the 808NDNZ Singers and Drummers from Oahu.

The costs of the extra activity books for the keiki got help from John Gilliam of Kapaa Ship, Print & Storage, who committed to half the additional cost.

Another friend, Tom Gross, was in Seattle and shared the plea with his high school friend who is part Commanche and visiting from Australia. That friend sent a check from Australia to help the added expenses.

The public enjoyed the powwow with free admission Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kapaa Beach Park.

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