Hanalei Rotary installs 23rd AED

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kauai Independent Food Bank, the Rotary Club of Kapaa and the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay celebrate the installation of an AED (automatic external defibrilator) at the KIFB warehouse in Nawiliwili Tuesday. From left are KIFB board member Lloyd Kajikawa, KIFB Executive Director Kelvin Moniz, Neva Olson of the Rotary Club of Kapaa, KIFB Programs Manager Leona Perez, Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay President Monica Ozsust, Ron LeMay of the Rotary Club of Kapaa, and KIFB Warehouse Supervisor Rizalde Tolentino.

NAWILIWILI — While members of the Rotary Club of Kapaa wrangled with a load of emergency tents Tuesday afternoon, Monica Oszust and John Oszust got help from Dr. Jeff Goodman to install an automated external defibrillator at the Kauai Independent Food Bank facility in Nawiliwili.

“This is the 23rd AED we are installing,” said John Oszust, past president of the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay. “Eventually, we hope to install 40 units under the program started by Jeff Goodman.”

The Rotarian crew, joined by members of the Kapaa Rotary Club, set out to install the AED in a location that would be unencumbered by any of the items stored at the facility.

“Initially, we wanted the unit installed outside the building where the public would have access to it when the KIFB was closed,” John Oszust said. “But with all the salt air, the unit would be battered by the weather. The next best thing is to have it inside, close to the entrance, where it would be better protected from the weather.”

Monica Oszust, current Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay president, said, eventually, the club wants to install an AED at the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch as well.

“This unit was made possible when the Rotary Club of Kapaa made a donation to cover its costs,” Monica Oszust said. “The Kapaa Rotary made the selection on where the AED would be placed when they made the contribution. Eventually, we would love to see one placed at the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch too.”

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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