KOLOA — A golf cart filled the wish list for the Koloa Elementary School Tuesday morning, said Lisa Finch, Koloa School student services coordinator.
“We needed a new golf cart to replace the aging one last year,” Finch said. “This one is already being used.”
It was on the list when Russ Hasegawa retired as the principal for Koloa School, and the Koloa Lions Club found out about the need when Hasegawa joined the club following his retirement.
“It’s good to keep active,” Hasegawa said. “And, I can still serve the kids.”
Hasegawa led the short blessing for the golf cart Tuesday morning, being joined by representatives of the Grove Farm Company who presented Principal Linda Uyehara with a check to cover replacement batteries for the golf cart.
“It’s not beat up and there’s still a lot of thread on the tires,” Hasegawa said. “It’s in good shape, but they told us it needs new batteries.”
The cost of the replacement batteries put the project out of budget for the Lions, but Lion Stu Burley went out to solicit sponsors for the batteries so Koloa School could have the new piece of equipment.
“When Stu explained his plight, Grove Farm agreed to pay for the replacement,” said Marissa Sandblom, a Grove Farm vice president. “Originally, he was asking for just one battery, but Grove Farm agreed to cover the replacement. We are just happy that we can help out the kids in this manner.”
Lion Sandi Sterker said the best thing about this project is getting everyone to work together.