Bash bounty helps food bank

  • Courtesy of Kauai Independent Food Bank

    Scouts and parents of Cub Scout Pack 148, sponsored by Lihue Christian Church, arrive at the Kauai Independent Food Bank Nawiliwili warehouse with 135 pounds of food and $7 in money collected during the canvassing of a Lihue neighborhood earlier this month.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Hula dancers from Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala perform during the Holiday Bash Friday at The Shops at Kukuiula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A hula dancer from Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala performs during the Holiday Bash Friday at The Shops at Kukuiula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Shops at Kukuiula’s Pillare Mukai and Stacie Chiba-Miguel, from left, join the Kauai Independent Food Bank’s Cora Balocan, Leona Perez, Kelvin Moniz and Rowena Cobb in amassing the food collection during the Holiday Bash at the mall Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Shops at Kukuiula’s Pillare Mukai and Justin Pajella count ”votes,” represented by canned goods, in front of the Tortilla Republic decorated tree Friday during the final day of the Battle Royale tree-decorating contest.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Cora Balocan, Leona Perez, Rowena Cobb, from left, and Kelvin Moniz of the Kauai Independent Food Bank, right, accept a $1,000 award from The Shops at Kukuiula’s Pillare Mukai, third from right, and Stacie Chiba-Miguel, second from right, during the Holiday Bash Friday, where the cash was supplemented by 1,089 pounds of contributed food.

POIPU — There was so much food collected at the Holiday Bash Friday evening the cars belonging to the volunteer crew from the Kauai Independent Food Bank could not accomodate the load at The Shops at Kukuiula.

“I picked up one of the filled containers, and it was so heavy, the container was cracking,” said Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director. “We just arranged to have the drivers pick up the load.”

The confirmed weight of the collection amounted to 1,089 pounds.

Stacie Chiba-Miguel, manager at The Shops at Kukuiula, also dug into the treasury to add an additional $1,000 award to the collection.

Voting done via canned goods for the Christmas Tree Battle Royale closed on the day of the third annual Holiday Bash that brought together Santa, performers from Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala, and the John Rivera Collective.

The count was close among the 17 participating Christmas Tree Battle Royale vendors, with the eventual winner, Coldwell Bankers Island Properties, coming through on Friday.

The special Holiday Food Drive by The Shops at Kukuiula was also joined by other community groups adding to the cache of holiday bounty as the Cub Scouts of Pack 148, sponsored by Lihue Christian Church, collected 135 pounds of food, and $7 in monetary contributions during its annual canvassing earlier this month.

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