Valenciano ‘ohana distributes food

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    Robby Espino gets help with his food package from Placido Valenciano Jr. Saturday during the food distribution by the Valenciano ‘ohana in the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    One of the Valenciano ‘ohana loads a bag of perishables into the back of a pickup truck Saturday during the food distribution in the Aloha Sweet Delight parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    What appears to be a stop for traffic is a photo op for the Valenciano ‘ohana, moving supplies over for the walk-in section of the food distribution Saturday in the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    Placido Valenciano Jr. hands over a food package to Alice Fontanilla and Panny Machado of Hair Fanatics, Salon No. 2, Saturday during the food distribution at the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    The mo‘opuna of the Valenciano ‘ohana get ready to welcome the first cars to the food distribution Saturday in the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    Pat Pablo offers an Aloha Sweet Delight treat during the assembling of food packages Saturday during the Valenciano ‘ohana food distribution in Kaumakani.

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    Pat Pablo places dry noodles into one of the food packages Saturday during the Valenciano ‘ohana food distribution at the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    Judge Randal Valenciano waits on traffic control as Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank loads eggs and milk into the trunk of a car Saturday during the Valenciano ‘ohana food distribution in the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    Judge Randal Valenciano loads eggs into the back of a pickup truck Saturday during the Valenciano ‘ohana food distribution in the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

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    Jaime and Jusie Alverado pick up their food package Saturday during the Valenciano ‘ohana food distribution at the Aloha Sweet Delights parking lot in Kaumakani.

KAUMAKANI — For less than a stimulus check, the family of Placido and Maria Valenciano took care of nearly 200 families Saturday during a food distribution that got help from the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank at the parking lot of Aloha Sweet Delights.

“We, as a family, put in $1,000,” said Placido Valenciano. “There were matching grants up to $3,000 to help serve up nearly $7,000 worth of food to help take care of people in the Kaumakani and Pakala areas.”

Cars started lining the parking lot from as early as 7:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. start of distribution, and walk-ins started appearing nearly as early.

Judge Randal Valenciano said his parents, Placido and Maria, believed that providing food was a priority. His sister, Crystal Rowe, got the nod for coordinating the event that celebrates Father’s Day as well.

“It was just time for us to get off our okole,” Rowe said, pulling together the Valenciano ‘ohana that includes Patricia Pablo, Glenda Miyazaki, Marilyn Billingsley, Placido Jr. and Judge Randal and their families.

Alice Fontanilla was one of the early arrivals, walking from her home in the Kaumakani Camp and chatting with Panny Machado while waiting.

“I walked over because we no mo’ car,” Fontanilla said. “We had a stroke so no can drive. And now, we get dementia, too.”

She was overwhelmed with the amount of food she received, including an assortment of what Placido Jr. described as “dry goods, or canned goods,” fresh produce, hamburger, eggs, milk and a limited supply of Diet Pepsi.

“This is my community,” said Pua Kaohelauli‘i of the state Department of Health, who volunteered her help. “Gotta take care of these people in Kaumakani and Pakala.”

The distribution also got help from Clyde Nada of Thrifty Mart and Gay &Robinson to enable the drive-thru in the parking lot fronting the Aloha Sweet Delights and the Kaumakani post office.

When the dust settled following the distribution, Michelle Valenciano posted 193 households and 684 individuals being served, including 159 driving thru and 34 walk-ins.

The total broke down to 201 kupuna, 60 years and older, being served, 314 adults between 18 and 59 years old, and 169 children 17 years and younger getting served.

“This is a big blessing,” said Jaime Alverado, who picked up his boxes of food.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

1 Comments
  1. manongindashadow0711 June 7, 2020 9:07 pm Reply

    I grew up in Kaumakani knowing this family (Valenciano: although they were from Hanapepe Heights) The parents were good people!
    “Kudos to all!”


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