Koloa Lions Club fixes town entry sign

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jeanie Cox, Dave Aspnes, Sandi Sterker, Janet Aspnes and Russell Hasegawa work to beautify the area surrounding the Koloa Lions Club and town identifying signage along Maluhia Road in Koloa Thursday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    “The top just fell off,” said Sandi Sterker of the Koloa Lions Club Thursday as Janet Aspnes and Jeanie Cox work to clean the club and town’s identifying signage while Russ Hasegawa tackles the guinea grass along Maluhia Road in Koloa.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sandi Sterker of the Koloa Lions Club applies elbow grease to clean the club and town identifying signs Thursday as Jeanie Cox moves to clean the sign’s reverse side along Maluhia Road in Koloa.

KOLOA — “The top just fell off,” said Sandi Sterker of the Koloa Lions Club Thursday at the club’s identifying Koloa sign along Maluhia Road. “We don’t normally drive through this way, and when I saw it, I didn’t realize how much it needed work on.”

A group of Koloa Lions — Sterker, Jeanie Cox, Dave and Janet Aspnes and Russell Hasegawa — met to perform a beautification service project at the sign and its surrounding area.

The top of the sign, clearly rotted through in portions, needed the TLC afforded by the Lions, as Cox tended to getting rid of the grime and mold buildup.

Sterker said the top portion of the sign will be cleaned up and fixed before it is re-installed.

She also extended an invitation for people interested in service projects and fun to join the Koloa Lions Club that meets on the third Thursday of each month via Zoom, starting from 6 p.m.

“Once we get over this COVID-19, our plan is to meet in-person at the Koloa Neighborhood Center,” Sterker said. “But for now, we meet on Zoom.”

Other Lions tended to the overall condition of the sign, affording a heaping dose of elbow grease to get rid of the accumulated mold and grime from passing cars and numerous rainstorms. Hasegawa and Dave Aspnes wielded power equipment to try and get control over the invasive guinea grass as cars and trucks whizzed by.

“We can’t do the vision or hearing screening because of the COVID-19,” Sterker said. “We can’t even do the testing for diabetes. But we can do this. We’re outdoors, we have social distance, and cleaning, especially the environment, is one of the Lions International areas of focus.”

Other Lions clubs on the island have similar agendas, as the East Kaua‘i Lions Club is scheduled to do painting at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center along Veterans Memorial Highway in Lihu‘e on Saturday, the same date as the North Shore Lions Club partnering with Aloha Roofing Supply to host a golf tournament at the Princeville Makai Golf Course to raise funds for student scholarships.

For more information on the Koloa Lions Club, call 639-9631.


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

  1. I saw a Vampire once January 8, 2021 12:25 am Reply

    Thursday morning. I’m feeling a little woozy. This sign in Koloa, how long has it been there? If you said since 1974, I’d be freaking out. Because I don’t remember that much. But if you said, since 1989 when we started the clean up crew in Koloa, I believe you. Looks like I’d rather be at Poipu. And eating breakfast under a tree. Which I bought from Big Save. Okay it was a Bento instead. Thursday morning? Are you sure people want to be in this predicament? I mean I’d rather be working. Not painting.

  2. john Ramsey January 8, 2021 4:47 pm Reply

    That is great that the Lions Club fixed their sign, I drive by it every other week. Being a retired sign artist and painter I have an eye for signs especially traffic signs!!! Our motto was and is ‘Your sign is the first indication of your business’ Thank you Lions club for all the civic duties you perform. if it wasn’t for you all a lot of very important things would be neglected. I am a life time member of SERTOMA which means Service to Man Kind. I got this for landscaping, developing and bring Soccer into the schools in the 70s on the main land. Now I am historian for the Foster Grandparent Program and help children with learning disabilities in Lihue.

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