Foilers give KEO an early Christmas present

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Kaua‘i Economic Opportunty staff, including Phylicia Burris, Stephanie Fernandes, Lynn Kua, Trink Martin, Roland Scott and Bernie Tangalin, welcomes the contributions generated by Foil Fever, including Leina Alcos, Kathleen Alcos, Jodi Matthews-Kimura, Jason Tangalin, Chantal Zarbaugh, Pono Matthews and Kleve Zarbaugh, Wednesday at the KEO offices in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — There was a full trailer of assorted items ranging from toys to household supplies, and a pallet of toilet paper that rolled into the offices of Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity Wednesday afternoon.

Bernie Tangalin of KEO suggested that Foil Fever, the contributors of the trailer load, share some of the donations with the Kealaula housing project that is operated by Women In Need. The first families moved into Kealaula just before Thanksgiving, Tangalin said.

Chantal Zarbaugh said the delivery to KEO was the first-ever made by Foil Fever with support from the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association. The group hosted a drive over the Thanksgiving weekend that resulted in more than $800 being raised along with a pallet of toilet paper and a variety of other items.

“We want to be known for more than just being surfers,” said Jason Tangalin, who along with Leina Alcos and Jodi Matthews-Kimura sparked the collection efforts. “Last year, Foil Fever hosted a foil tournament at Kalapaki Beach, and we were able to contribute more than $4,000 toward the Kaua‘i Ocean Safety Junior Lifeguard program. We also did beach cleanups and other events that benefit the community.”

Kleve Zarbaugh of the Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau said it’s all water-related activity and reason for the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association to lend its support.

Foil Fever is a group of water enthusiasts who engage in the sport of surfing utilizing surfboards equipped with water foils, or keels. More recent developments in the sport have surfers equipping themselves with inflatable sails for more options in the water sport.


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


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