LIHUE — Richard “Soupbone” Kashiwabara needed help Saturday at the North Vidinha fields — and he got more than he needed.
Kashiwabara needed help getting the long ladders from his home to the stadium while setting up for Monday’s Kauai Hospice “Concert in the Sky.”
“Are you sure you only need one?” asked Bo Domingcil, one of the logistics coordinators. “If you’re working with long ladders, maybe we’ll let you have two firefighters.”
“I only have a one-seater,” Kashiwabara said. “Somebody gotta sit in the back with the ladder.”
Kashiwabara said he’s been helping with the electrical setup since the event started more than 20 years ago.
“I’ve been doing this for umpteen years,” the veteran said. “Different sites, different people. In the old days, I even had to bring my own wire to use for the setup.”
Steven Doi of the Kauai Fire Department said work started Thursday when crews mapped out the soccer field.
“We’re one of the few people who mark the sprinkler heads before setting up anything,” Doi said. “Most people don’t even know there are sprinkler heads and either run over them, or end up damaging them. This costs us more money.”
Tickets for the 27th annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky “Friend- raiser” are available at all Times Supermarkets and Big Save stores through today at pre-sale pricing. Tickets will also be available at the gate when it opens at 4 p.m. Monday.
Kapena is the headline attraction leading up to the 3D fireworks display sponsored by King Auto Center.
Other entertainment includes Te Avaamo‘a Tahiti delegation who are here for the reaffirmation of the sister city relationship and the Tahiti Fete in Kapaa, Aldrine Guerrero, Tsunami Taiko.
A fun zone for keiki and prize drawings are part of the festivities.