Breakfast kicks off Labor Day

LIHUE — Larry Feinstein was among the Sons of Kauai motorcycle enthusiasts rumbling into the Lihue United Church on Monday morning for the annual Labor Day Breakfast.

“I’ve been coming to this event for a long time,” Feinstein said. “I can’t remember when I started, but it must have been ever since I started riding motorcycles.”

The Sons of Kauai motorcycle riders are a part of the diverse group of people enjoying the breakfast coordinated by the church members with proceeds benefiting the church’s youth group.

“I come because this is my mother-in-law’s church,” said Naty Bali who relished her “gift” of papaya to help celebrate her birthday. “My mother-in-law used to go to the Methodist church in Kekaha. I go to the Immaculate Conception Church and I support them, but I also come to celebrate with my mother-in-law’s church.”

A steady stream of breakfast diners flowed through the serving line offering the usual breakfast menu offerings enhanced with baked goods created by the church membership and a special fried rice creation being served up by Linda Shigeta.

“That Larry Rivera is a real rascal,” said JoAnn Yukimura, who was enjoying the morning with Tom Batey who served in her office when she was mayor, and her mother Jenny. “I don’t know how he ended up with me doing the hula.”

Larry Rivera, who handed a copy of his “Coconuts” lyrics to Bali for her birthday, was among the diverse entertainment, including members of the Welch family — Katherine, David and Taylor — who performed with violins and piano.

“I’m just getting started,” said Sandi Sterker. “After this, I’m off to the Lihue Airport where we have 13 Friendship Force ambassadors coming in. I’ve got to meet my guest, and on the other hand, the guests for a neighbor who isn’t feeling well, today.”

The Lihue United Church is at 4340 Nawiliwili Road in Lihue, behind King Auto Center and meets on Sunday for 9 a.m. Sunday School and 10:15 a.m. worship with a congregation of 147 members.

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