Food for the mind, body and soul

LIHUE — Lyn Collison, chairperson for the Lihue United Church 38th annual Labor Day Breakfast, said she likes how people stay on after breakfast and enjoy fellowship.

“Last year, even the bikeys came,” Collison said. “We served up about 600 people.”

The event will take place Sept. 5 at the Lihue United Church Parish Hall behind King Auto Center from 7 to 10 a.m. with the proceeds going to benefit the Hui Ho‘omalu Foster Care

Program, and The Bridge: Kauai to College. Breakfast is by donation with adults at $8 and keiki from 5 to 12 years old, $4. Keiki below 5 years old are free.

Traditionally, the proceeds from each of the Labor Day Breakfast benefit a nonprofit community organization.

“All of the food is donated by the church’s members and community supporters,” said Joye Irwin, the church moderator. “This means almost everything from the ticket sales go to help the beneficiary organizations. This is our opportunity to give back to the community.”

Breakfast menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, an array of fresh fruits, a variety of pastries and cakes prepared by church members, and coffee or juice with live entertainment.

Rev. Phyllis Meighen, interim pastor for the Lihue United Church, said Hui Ho‘omalu Foster Care program is administered by Monica Ka‘auwai and the Partners in Development Foundation.

The organization unites resource caregivers with children and teens who need loving homes.

“This service is offered all across the state for people living Hawaiian values,” Meighen said. “The unique aspect is the group brings together people who know each other. Currently, Hui Ho‘omalu is caring for about 80 young people on Kauai alone, and there is an urgent need for homes for teens and sibling groups so families do not need to be broken up.”

Dr. Susan Davis heads The Bridge: Kauai to College. The service is free to young people who want to go away for college and matches volunteer mentors with students.

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