If you missed the Kauai Veterans Day Parade (kudos to Russell Maeda, Gen. Mary Kay Hertog and the numerous hands that make the parade possible!) Saturday in Kapaa, there is still the annual Veterans Day service coming up Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.
Dickie Chang (he got to emcee the mini Coconut Festival portion of the day) found visitors who are veterans and got them to march with the Kauai Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee past the audio station where Ron Wiley got to do the media thing when Ilima Rivera (nope, no double-hulled canoe — just her little SUV) got to close the event behind the CJM Country Stables (where was Lelan Nishek’s horse?) and the American Medical Response. And, there was no Larry Rivera (Charlie Perreira had his veteran cap on while chatting with Kauai County Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura).
Coach Robert Kubota (yes, even 4-month-old Kiara Kubota was there!) had the entire Pono Market ohana on the sidewalks, and Vicky Masuoka and Winston Kawamoto were trying to figure out how all those four-wheeled cars ended up obstructing the view.
Kudos to Josie Pablo of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region for getting both the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital crew participating in the parade with the help of U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility Commanding Officer Capt. Vinnie Johnson and some personnel from PMRF helping wheel some of the residents after Josie needed helpers.
OK, take time for the Veterans Day Service, Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at 11 a.m. in Hanapepe.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or email@example.com.