Pickleball players give back

PUA LOKE — Melanie Okamoto of the Kauai Ho‘ohui ‘o Recreation and the county Department of Parks and Recreation said the pickleball players were so thoughtful they used appropriate seasonal wrapping for their food-collection boxes.

On Thursday Okamoto was joined by other representatives of Ho‘ohui and Department of Parks and Recreation in presenting several cartons of food which was collected during the winter pickleball tournament at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

“The pickleball players did it all,” Okamoto said. “I already contacted Jack Hodges to have him extend our appreciation for all they do for the community.”

The food is for the Kauai Economic Opportunity Care-a-Van homeless outreach program and KEO transitional housing program.

Bill Jackson and Hector Perez enthusiastically welcomed the contribution at the KEO housing area, jumping in to help unload the food from its cart onto the Care-a-Van.

Okamoto said Kauai Ho‘ohui is a nonprofit group that includes recreation professionals whose goal is to provide opportunities for special recreational programs for both youth and adults.

Okamoto said Kauai Ho‘ohui worked with Coach Kirk Correa to help with scholarships that will enable several Kauai youth to participate in the Garden Island Baseball Clinic for players ages 9 to 14.

  1. Hector Perez March 21, 2020 11:11 pm Reply

    Mahalo for feeding and housing me when I was down. Special Mahalo Nui to William Frederick Cooper and Shannon. All the staff treated me with compassion and respect. All has settled, and I have health, housing, and income. Plus, I reconnected with Mary, a girl I had a crush on since I was only 4! Prayers for Kaua’i at this time of world is suffering from the Corona Virus. Blessings to you who feed the poor and homeless.Mahalo Nui from the bottom of my heart.

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