Giving back is in the blood

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    Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, left, accepts a $2,000 contribution from contractor Luis Soltren, who challenged other contractors to match the effort to help feed the many families impacted by unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Soltren also contributed six cases of military-style, ready-to-eat meals.

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    Shibo Cho Luis Soltren, left, and Elora Phuthamma Bray, follow along to Sempai Adrian Labrador, not pictured, during a karate class at All Saints Episcopal Church gym in Kapa‘a.

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    Luis Soltren, general contractor for Luis and Eddie Soltren Construction, was on the short list of finalists for Hawai‘i’s Better Business Bureau Torch Award.

From donating to food banks to helping coordinate fundraisers, Kaua‘i custom home builder and “Dateline” TV show producer Luis Soltren has been busy helping his Kaua‘i community stay strong through the COVID-19 pandemic.