Relay for Life returns to North Shore, but ends early

HANALEI — Chef Jason Sessions of the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas was a machine — slipping in rice noodles and keeping an eye on the swirling broth for the Pho Sho offering Saturday night.

“It’s back by popular demand,” said Denise Wardlow, Westin Princeville general manager. “People loved it last year and asked for it again. Too bad it’s so hot, or more people would be having it.”

The Relay for Life of North Shore opened at 3 p.m. Saturday, and for the first time on Kauai, closed at 11 p.m. at the Waioli Park where late-afternoon showers sent participants scrambling for shelter under tents from the 23 registered teams.

“This is the first time we’re not doing an overnight thing,” said Patti Ornellas of the American Cancer Society. “This is also the first time we’re back in Hanalei after people asked for the event to return to Hanalei.”

The goal for the Relay for Life of North Shore is $34,000.

Emcee Mel Rapozo moved the crowd through the celebration of survivors, caregivers and cars.

“Don’t look at Herbie’s behind,” Rapozo said. “His safety check is expired. But no worry, there’re no cops here tonight.”

Herbie was supported by a team from the County of Kauai and the full complement of cheerleaders from Kapaa High School.

William Troutman, a perennial community volunteer, had his grandson Justin Noble, a student at Kilauea Elementary School, in tow while helping park cars.

“He got a T-shirt after he was standing on the side of the road yelling ‘Aloha!’ to everyone who passed, and even doing his style of hula,” Troutman said. “He was really into it.”

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