There is only one word that describes the Relay for Life (organized and coordinated by Patti Ornellas — where was Melissa Ragasa? — Wes Perreira (he was the event lead), and all those volunteers who stepped forward for the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society — WOW!
Mary Williamson (she did it before, too) was having a blast “celebrating birthdays (Michelle Panoke just became a grandma a few days before Saturday!),” and Josie Pablo (she and her family were doing the March for Babies) said she always thinks about Elaine Morita when people talk about the Relay.
Coach Winston Ogata was asking about the Kauai High School girls golfers (Coach Alton and Sherry Amimoto — they’re usually hanging with the HGEA team — were out there in Princeville!), and Joni Ito got to do shuttle duty during the Survivors Walk (mahalo, Ora Tashiro for remembering our beloved Yukie DeSilva!) for those who needed the help making it around the circle of luminaria.
For those who missed it (was Pauline Ibia at the KIF baseball games?), there is another Relay — the Relay for Life for the East and North Kauai — coming up Aug. 10 at the Kapaa Beach Park starting at 3 p.m. (nope, it’s not an all-nighter like the one in Hanapepe).
Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.