Back to School Bash coming

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    One of the Back to School backpack contents that will be given away free, July 18.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Area Complex Superintendent Paul Zina joins the Back to School Bash planning meeting via teleconferencing, joining other planners including Jeannie Odo, Myrvie Buster representing Kaua‘i’s credit unions, Judy Cano of the Department of Education, and Melissa McFerrin-Warrack of Kukui Grove.

LIHU‘E — School students, or their parents, are encouraged to register online for their pickup time for the free school supplies giveaway at the Kukui Grove Center.

Registration can be done at One of the new facets of the Back to School Bash that is scheduled to take place July 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a socially distanced format in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Pre-registration is important,” said Melissa McFerrin-Warrack of the Kukui Grove Center. “It will cut down on the lines of people that waited to fill out the forms in previous Back to School bashes. The forms are needed before the backpack of school supplies can be picked up.”

Organizers are planning to distribute 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies on July 18 in a contactless drive-through format. This is more backpacks than previous events, and new for this year, there will be more age-appropriate backpacks instead of the one-size-fits-all packs.

Backpacks will be available for students K through Grade 5, and for students in Grade 6 through 12. The differences will be in the different colored packs for each division.

Another new facet for this year’s bash is the planned presentation of gift cards from various businesses to the schools’ Parent Community Networking Coordinator mid-year to supplement their efforts at the schools.

The Back to School Bash is presented by the Kukui Grove Center and its network of community partners to help equip Kaua‘i’s keiki and youth to start the school year on the right foot.

“There is still room for more people to help with this project that has gone beyond $22,000 in spending,” McFerrin-Warrack said. “Our headline presenters are Kaua‘i’s credit unions — Gather FCU, Kaua‘i Government Employees FCU, Garden Island FCU, Teachers FCU, and the McBryde FCU — Wilcox Health, Hawai‘i USA Federal Credit Union, the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative, Layton Construction, and Kaua‘i Board of Realtors.”

The cast of supporting partners include Cool It Kaua‘i, the KQNG Radio Group, Sign Art, Street Image, TGI/Midweek, Aloha Freight Forwarders, Deli &Bread Connection, Hawaiian Building Maintenance, HMSA, Kim Chee No. 9, Pyramid Insurance, and Wayne Medeiros, Inc.


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

  1. Keani Olanolan July 10, 2020 7:39 am Reply

    Amazing for the families in need through these rough times thank you to all who help.
    Our household has 4 childrenIn need going into grades.
    1st grad

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