Halloween celebrated in Lihue

Gina Medrano opened Halloween morning by leading more than two dozen keiki in spooky breathing to open the Halloween yoga at the Lihue Public Library.

There was not a piece of candy to be found as librarians Sierra Hampton Eng and Children’s Librarian Victoria Lam, each creatively garbed in seasonal wear, guided the youth through healthy activities with a free book treat following the morning of exercise and partying.

Medrano was adept at stopping two Halloween tales at points in the saga to lead them through the story-inspired yoga movements, the keiki audience losing no enthusiasm in responding.

Medrano said she normally holds classes at the Montessori school in Hokulei Village shopping center in Puhi, and comes to the Lihue Public Library at least once a month.

Some participants continued their Halloween revelry by moving on to Wilcox Medical Center’s 13th annual Keiki Halloween parade, where hundreds of keiki celebrants overflowed the hospital lobby and onto the walkways where the medical center’s departments set up stations to distribute treats.

Costume judging was the final stage of the long parade, where bags bulged from accumulated goodies and treats, and refreshments refueled the bodies worn down from the trek that spanned both the hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic.

The Addams Family, featuring Chris, Stefanie and Tobias Hodgkinson and Cousin It topped the judges’ voting, with the Bookworm, Noa Chow and his parents Art and Michelle Chow runners-up. The ice cream vendor ended in third place.

Participants also had an opportunity to vote for their best department while going through the refreshments line.

That vote saw Rehabilitation Services themed as “Toy Story” with Rudy the hospital’s chief canine officer being one of the sheep, getting the nod for being the best. They were followed by the Pharmacy’s school bus that had its occupants tossing treats from windows, and Cardiac Services’ trolls getting third place.

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