Delivering reasons to smile

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The crew from Lihue Dental, from left Ashley Perreira, Molly Colyer, Rebecca Thompson, Emi Bennett, Marilyn Allen and Dr. Terry Allen bring smiles to the Kauai Fire Department crew at the Lihue station as they arrive with goodies for the firefighters Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Molly Colyer of Lihue Dental has a reason to smile when she gets to try the driver’s seat in a fire truck at the Kauai Fire Department Lihue station Friday.

LIHUE — Molly Colyer of Lihue Dental had a good reason to smile on World Smile Day Friday at the Kauai Fire Department Lihue station.

Colyer and a team of Lihue Dental co-workers arrived at the station with a load of baked goods and dental-care products for each of the firefighters on the crew — an act of kindness in town.

“I love baking,” Colyer said, unpacking the goodies. “I just don’t like eating them.”

A smile blossomed on Fire Fighter Alan Satta’s face when he heard “electric toothbrush” in the list of care products, including floss and a full-sized tube of toothpaste. In return, Colyer got to view one of the station’s trucks from the driver’s seat.

The gesture ignited more smiles as Dr. Terry Allen was allowed to get a photo from the truck’s driver’s seat by Marilyn Allen.

“His grandchild loves fire trucks,” Marilyn Allen said. “This will drive him crazy.”

The Lihue Dental crew delivered the goodies as a surprise with their act of kindness, sharing a smile and expressing gratitude for the work firefighters do for Kauai.

“Caring for local families and keeping their smiles healthy and bright is what Lihue Dental does best,” said Tessa McSwain,owner of Fablefox Marketing.

World Smile Day was founded by artist and creator of the famous smiley face graphic, Harvey Ball. World Smile Day has been celebrated since 1999.

It’s one day each year we can dedicate to smiling, and performing acts of kindness in the community to make others smile, too.,” McSwain said.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or


Editor’s note: Tessa McSwan is not the owner of Lihue Dental and a reference to that has been removed.


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