Coach Natalie Mata should’ve had some of those good-luck succulents with the Menehune girls when they traveled to the state girls’ basketball tournament last month. Coach Natalie was among the volunteers helping coach Keiko Sagawa-Pananganan (bowling’s going to be here before you know it) and the Menehune health academy coordinate the third Waimea health fair for the community. Great job keeping activities out there to distract from all the toilet paper, sanitizer madness!
Gloria Acain had the “Boss” shirt on, but Jorienda Johnson (remember her from that Zumba fundraising event at the Hanapepe United Church of Christ a few years back?) was the real boss, leading all those Menehune students, keiki and more (even Gutsy Okada got in a few stand-and-leans) that poured out of the Clem Gomes Gym for the morning workout that beat the chill from the overnight Koke‘e winds.
More kudos to and the Kaua‘i Animal Welfare Society on keeping the excitement alive with their “Thank You for Being a Friend” fundraiser Saturday night at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort (that parking lot was super full — is that saying something?), where Ne’keya Gusman (the first time we saw her was at a First Saturday event in Kapa‘a where it was rainy and windy) joined the tall lady from Soul Fire and the music by Gypsy Spice to keep the place hopping. Even the Darcie and Lana mother-daughter team from the Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a was there.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.