Keiki Day hits the streets

LIHUE — Beverly Dorado donated for the first copy of the Keiki Day edition of TGI Thursday morning.

But she never left, instead parking to keep Kauai Councilman Derek Kawakami company while he peddled editions at Kukui Grove Center.

“This is good,” Kawakami said. “I can leave and make it in time for the budget meetings.”

Keiki Day editions went on sale at select outlets, including the Starbucks entrance to Kukui Grove and Walmart as well as TGI’s Lihue office, to benefit Parents and Children Together.

The Keiki Day edition was sold throughout the state, and through the generosity of sponsors, will be provided to schools.

In addition to an overview of PACT and the services it provides to support individuals, families, and the community, the edition featured Kauai winners of the art and essay contests.

Katelyn Lopes, a fourth-grade student from Kalaheo Elementary School, was a winner of the essay contest, being joined by Anna Hawks, a junior at Kapaa High School, and Lilly Olpin, a senior at Kauai High School.

Katie Lambden, a fifth-grade student at Hanalei School, is joined by Lisie Coombs, recently moved to Alaska, and Nohea Balai, a sixth-grade student at the Kapaa Middle School, as winners of the art contest.

“We’re blessed to have the help of community volunteers like Derek to help us,” said Cheryll DeSilva of PACT.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. and Ron Wiley of the KQNG Radio were among those volunteers, as was Ron Wood of FM97, who served a stint following his morning show.

“This is for the kids,” a customer said. “I’ll take two copies.”

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