The Salvation Army celebrates 120 years of kokua

LIHUE — The Salvation Army is preparing to celebrate 120 years of serving the Kauai community.

The organization has been providing basic needs such as food, clothing and household goods to needy of the community since 1897. Proceeds from sales of donated items at family thrift stores also help fund rehabilitation centers for individuals suffering from addiction.

“People think of The Salvation Army in times of disaster, like during Hurricane Iniki,” said Salvation Army Advisory Board Chair Katie Beer, “but it’s on a daily basis that we serve the most needy in our community.”

The Salvation Army’s Lihue and Hanapepe Corps work in collaboration with programs on Oahu to provide Kauai residents with care and support. After more than a century, new programs continue to address contemporary needs, including keiki, adult and kupuna camps, holiday assistance and gifts, weekly programs for youth and seniors, plus disaster and emergency services.

On Aug. 11, the Salvation Army of Kauai will celebrate “120 Years of Doing the Most Good in Kauai.” The event takes place in partnership with the American Culinary Federation Kauai Chapter at the Kauai Marriott Resort.

Not only will gourmet dishes be available from culinary artists Guy Higa and Jhonny Montemayor of the Kauai Mariott Resort, guests will be able to enjoy signature selections from some of the island’s top chefs, all in one location.

“We are very happy to partner with the Culinary Federation,” said Beer. “Chef Guy Higa is very supportive of the Salvation Army and an amazing contributor. It was Guy’s idea to host this event, and he graciously coordinated the chef commitments.”

“We got a good lineup of chefs coming to the event from around da island,” said Higa. “It should be an awesome event.”

Culinary delights will include Kauai shrimp and seared scallops with a celery root puree and red wine reduction by Ben Takahashi of The Club at Kukuiula. Executive chef Gavin Onishi of Contemporary Flavors will also be on-site, in addition to Tylun Pang of Ko Restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani with a spicy ahi bowl.

Hukilau Lanai’s Ron Miller will prepare a dish with Kaneshiro Farms pork smoked sausage, local kale, marinated vegetables, and Kunana Dairy goat cheese.

Michael Young of the Sheraton Kauai Resort will offer an opah-belly reuben on Hawaiian bread with pickled OK King Farms vegetables.

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas’ Jason Sessions is serving a crispy tempura nori roll and sunumono salad with chili oil and tobiko aioli.

And don’t forget dessert — a banana foster with koloa rum sauce and Lappert’s ice cream by Steven Nakata and the Kauai Community College Culinary Club.

Diners can listen to live entertainment by Brother Noland and Blayne Asing. Noland, known as the “Father of Jawaiian Music,” has won numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, while Asing earned the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist.

And if that’s not enough, guests can also hear the music styling of Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson. The popular duo has been recipients of several musical accolades, including the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Contemporary Album of the Year.

There will be an extensive silent auction, an Angel Tree with cards for people to fill the needs of the Salvation Army Corps in Kauai, and an offering of Mystery Boxes to purchase. All funds that are raised will go directly towards community programs and services on Kauai.

“Support this good cause, the Salvation Army, you know,” said Higa. “Help them help others, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

The event takes place at the Marriott Resort from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. To purchase table sponsorships or individual tickets (tax deductible and available for $120) visit

Info: Sonia Topenio at 652-2499 or Joyce Vidinha at 634-6452.

• This story has been corrected to reflect the ticket price of $120 per person.


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