Relay for Life is today

POIPU — Diann Hartman of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is a cancer survivor.

She was part of the Grand Hyatt Kauai group that presented a check for $2,544 to Patti Ornellas, American Cancer Society community manager, Relay for Life.

“This award is a nice preview to the Relay for Life,” Hartman said of the event, which is tonight.

The check is the proceeds from the Bum Run held earlier this year at Poipu Bay Golf Course.

Ornellas said the Grand Hyatt Kauai will have a team at the Relay, one of 56 teams, and is a sponsor of the event at the Hanapepe Soccer Fields.

The Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, runs from 6 tonight through 6 a.m. Sunday.

“We really want people to come and show support as well as cheer on the survivors during the Survivors’ Walk which opens the event at 5:45 p.m.,” Ornellas said.

During a luminaria lighting ceremony, those who lost their fight against cancer will be remembered.

Pauline Ibia of Team Pauline said she’ll be coming home from the Wally Yonamine Hawaii High School Athletic Association state baseball championships in time for the Relay.

Ornellas said Jett Stream will be opening the night of entertainment at 8 p.m.

“Jett Tokita saw us during the Family Bingo Night at the Kukui Grove Center,” she said. “He said two of his band’s members are survivors and they wanted to play for us. How cool is that?”

TRYBE, an award-winning band from Waimea, and the Homesteads are other performers on the lineup.

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