EK Lions’ good taste of community service

LIHUE — East Kauai Lion Janice Bond said the line of waiting diners wrapped around the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

“It went around the building,” Bond said. “We had to bring the people inside to get them out of the wind.”

Katie Beer was one of the people waiting.

“I have the tickets so I have to wait for my sister and her husband,” Beer said. “They are here escaping the weather in Minnesota and wanted to enjoy the breakfast.”

The annual pancake breakfast benefiting the various programs handled by the East Kauai Lions Club served up more than 1,400 meals with about an hour remaining in the serving period.

“This is good,” said Lion Kelvin Moniz. “This means we hit our goal of 1,400 meals.”

Lion Barbara Gusman said the effort was worth it because of the benefit the community receives from the Lions Club.

“We have scholarships for the high school seniors,” she said. “The Lions also do a lot of community service project as well as take care of sight and hearing programs at the school, and collects discarded eyeglasses and hearing aids which are cleaned and shipped to people in other countries. The Lions also umbrella the Leo Clubs in the high schools.”

Diners flowed through the doors of the cafeteria, many leaving with bags packed full of to-go breakfasts.

The volume of meals surpassed last year’s 1,300 meals. Lion Harvey Kinoshita reported at least nine pots of miso soup created with an hour remaining. Last year, Harvey and Sandy Kinoshita had brewed just nine pots.

“We went through at least 200 pounds of rice,” said Lion Angel Acorda. “That’s 10 bags of rice. This rice cooker can handle one 20-pound bag on a batch, and last year, we ran out. We still have some extra because we didn’t want to run out.”

The East Kauai Lions Club, which recently shipped more than 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses to the Philippines through its used eyeglasses and hearing aid collections, meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Lihue Neighborhood Center from 6:30 p.m.

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