Muppets coming to Kalena Park

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Lakers Purple’s Ian Rapozo and Connor Kitamura hold the trash bag as Keyan Fort dumps an armful of leaves and pods Sunday during the clean up preceeding practice at Kalena Park in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Lakers Purple’s Connor Kitamura puts up a ball during the chaos drill Sunday at Kalena Park in Lihue.

LIHUE — “The Muppet Christmas Carol” will be shown for free at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Kalena Park. Movie goers are encouraged to bring blankets to help ward off the winter chill, and chairs to enjoy the movie.

“This is a part of an effort to make Kalena Park a place for people to come and enjoy themselves,” said Larry Feinstein of Kauai Cares.

Feinstein said some of the improvements to Kalena Park include new signage being installed in the new year by the county’s Department of Parks &Recreation.

“The park will be closed overnight, and the bathrooms will be locked,” Feinstein said. “This is part of making Kalena Park a more attractive and useful place for the community.”

Lenny Rapozo, county parks and recreation director, said he wants to see more features in the park that will appeal to the younger generation as well as the population of kupuna who are across the street in the housing project.

“Maybe a physical fitness station with features for the younger people as well as a section suited to the elderly,” Rapozo said.

Kauai Cares is a nonprofit set up to help re-design the park to provide more amenities for the community, Feinstein said.

“Rice Street is coming to life, and it is great to be part of it,” he said.

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