Kupuna happy to get food

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Wilcox Elementary School instructor Chrissy Nii’s kindergarten students place their hand-written cards and notes in food packages being delivered to homebound kupuna by Kaua‘i Retired and Senior Volunteer Program participants Tuesday at the Lihu‘e school.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director Donna Lynn Loo and El Doi of the county Agency on Elderly Affairs meet up with Wilcox Elementary School instructor Chrissy Nii and her kindergarten class, which wrote notes and drew cards for placing in the food packages being delivered to homebound kupuna Tuesday at the Lihu‘e school.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director Donna Lynn Loo, far right, and “the morning shift” Kaua‘i RSVP participants show off the food packages that are ready to be delivered to homebound kupuna by “the afternoon shift” Tuesday in the Lihu‘e Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building conference rooms.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank Executive Director Kelvin Moniz, second from right, talks with Donna Lynn Loo, right, the Kaua‘i Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director in the county Office of Elderly Affairs Tuesday while Kaua‘i RSVP participants set up food for packing and delivery to homebound kupuna in the Lihu‘e Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building conference rooms.

LIHU‘E — Many kupuna don’t want to venture outside their home, especially during this pandemic, said Kaua‘i Retired and Senior Volunteer Program participant Wilma Chandler Tuesday during the packing of food packages destined for homebound kupuna.

“I used to deliver to kupuna during the last grant, where produce was delivered to the homebound senior citizens,” Chandler said. “They are all very happy to get their food because they stay at home. During my deliveries, I met a disabled person so incapacitated, I had to help put the food away. There was nothing there except what I brought.”

The county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs, the umbrella of the Kaua‘i RSVP program, partnered with the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank to deliver 100 packages of food, including soup, assorted canned foods like tuna, Vienna sausages, chicken, portions of rice and fresh hands of bananas.

“I would’ve liked to have eggs, milk and even bread,” said Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director. “But the grant doesn’t cover those items. Funding for these delivery to the homebound come from the county’s annual grants in aid program that we refocused because of the pandemic. Traditionally, the GIA funds cover the once-a-month kupuna shopping that was suspended when the pandemic struck. We are using those resources to make it possible for food to be distributed to the kupuna.”

Chandler was among “the morning shift” of volunteers who sorted and packed food into reusable shopping bags provided by KIFB. Deliveries to homes, enhanced Tuesday with the addition of hand-written and hand-drawn notes and cards from the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School kindergarten class led by instructor Chrissy Nii, were handled by what Kaua‘i RSVP director Donna Lynn Loo described as “the afternoon shift.”

Loo said by juggling between the different available programs, the AEA is able to ensure that the kupuna, especially those who are homebound, are cared for.

The Kaua‘i RSVP volunteers are gearing up for the next food distribution that takes place when the Lili‘uokalani Trust coordinates the delivery of 400 U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to Families food parcels to different agencies, including the AEA, Boys &Girls Club sites in West Kaua‘i, Lihu‘e and Kapa‘a, and the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League.

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

3 Comments
  1. dan kubo April 28, 2021 7:00 am Reply

    Can you include what kupuna means in english. No idea. Is it kids? your newspaper is worldwide due to the “internet” – so how about being a little global in your stories….


  2. LTEreader April 28, 2021 10:05 am Reply

    dan kubo –

    With that same internet capability you could have searched ‘Kupuna’ and got your answer in 5 seconds – much faster than it took to write your comment. Kupuna are the elderly.
    And, since it’s our LOCAL newspaper we don’t need to be “global” for those who want to read it, and are too lazy to Google simple Hawai’ian words.

    BTW: Kids = Keiki.


  3. randy kansas April 28, 2021 11:42 am Reply

    searched Kupuna on Google…got ads for flights to Honolulu, a recipe for pineapple salad and now my credit card is missing and being used in Hanapepe, wherever that is…


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