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Relay For Life sees satellite success

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    A webcam tracks Enrico Levi and Micah Kostka Saturday during the virtual Relay For Life hosted by Ke Akua youth group at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kapa‘a.

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    Neva Leung and Hannah Kostka of Ke Akua youth group take their Relay For Life message to the streets Saturday during the virtual event at All Saints Episcopal Church and Preschool in Kapa‘a.

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    Micah Kostka of the All Saints Episcopal Church Ke Akua youth group takes his turn on the track Saturday, tracked by a webcam, during the satellite Relay For Life event in Kapa‘a.

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    Hannah Kostka and Neva Leung of the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Ke Akua youth group take their turn on the track Saturday during the virtual Relay For Life event at the Kapa‘a church.

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    Hannah Kostka and Neva Leung create their bead chain while Noah Kostka and Enrico Levi take their turn on the track Saturday during the virtual Relay For Life event at the Kapa‘a church.

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    All Saints Episcopal Church Youth Minister Cami Pascua takes her turn on the track Saturday while Micah Kostka takes a water break during the virtual satellite event for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at the Kapa‘a church.

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    Triton Kurisu sets up light in one of the luminaria Saturday during the virtual satellite event benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at the All Saints Church Episcopal Church in Kapa‘a.

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    Enrico Levi provides piano music inside the All Saints Episcopal Church sanctuary in Kapa‘a, where people participating in the Ke Akua youth group’s virtual Relay For Life could spend quiet time or view the virtual American Cancer Society event being streamed live on Ho‘ike Community Television.

KAPA‘A — All Saints Episcopal Church Youth Minister Cami Pascua said they had a goal. Saturday during the satellite Relay For Life virtual event hosted by the church’s Ke Akua youth group, they made it.

“We were fortunate to have met our goal early,” Pascua said.

“People also made appointments to walk the labyrinth where the youth group members set up luminaria. Each family or team could walk individually so we could keep the gathering within the COVID pandemic rules.”

Those rules kept the group to just a handful of organizers who kept the relay going by taking turns walking the labyrinth and coordinating the different labyrinth aspects.

Organizers had a number of jobs like creating the bead chain with a bead for every lap walked, taking their message streetside with signs encouraging honks for hope, as well as other tasks. These events were captured and shared by a webcam through the church’s main home page.

“This is just a satellite site,” Pascua said.

“There are several other sites where people are party-watching, a band is playing live,” said Patty Ornellas, the American Cancer Society Kaua‘i director.

“The main relay event is being aired over Ho‘ike Community Television, and we got the Facebook page and link to join them for a two-minute thing. We’ll be doing that, but our entire event is being shared on the church’s main website page.”

According to the 2020 American Cancer Society Kaua‘i Relay for Life website, Saturday was the first-ever Virtual Relay For Life Celebration, where the Relay For Life of Kaua‘i Hanapepe and Relay For Life of East and North Shore Kaua‘i Facebook pages and event websites could be enjoyed.

“The fight against cancer won’t be postponed,” the ACS website states. “Although apart, we can still shine our light to support, remember and honor every life touched by cancer by lighting up luminaria at your home and team gatherings.”

That is exactly what Ke Akua youth group members and advisers did Saturday evening following the sun setting behind the Sleeping Giant.

“Look at Triton Kurisu,” Pascua said. “He’s been to every relay event since we started participating. He’s been home a lot, and this is a good chance for him to get out of the house. We might just be a satellite site, but I think we’re the only ones who are walking.”

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

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