Visayans convene on Kauai

There are 5,000 members of Visayan organizations spread over Hawaii, the Mainland, and the Philippines, said Rhoda Libre, hostess of the 28th annual state convention of the Congress of Visayan Organizations.

The convention on Kauai culled several hundred people from throughout the state and some from the Philippines at the King Kaumualii Elementary School and the Kauai Beach Resort.

“This is in preparation for the convening of the 2016 state Legislature,” Libre said. “We need to get everything in order for the next Legislature.”

During the convention, Sen. Ron Kouchi, Senate president, did the honors of installing next year’s leaders, and a play depicting Lapulapu, a Visayan warrior, was presented to the audience.

Libre said the people from the Visayas were at the head of fighting off Spanish rule in the Philippines, and on Kauai, the Hanapepe battle with the unions was led by Visayans.

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