Nearly a hundred vaccines go out at Isenberg

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    Registered Nurse Lara Geyrozaga administers a COVID-19 dose to Keith Fane Saturday during the vaccine clinic held at Isenberg Park in Lihu‘e.

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    Darnell Sugioka and Taylor Ragsac of Project Vision helps a customer with reading glasses Saturday during the vaccine clinic held at Isenberg Park in Lihu‘e.

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    Cece Kilma of the Marshallese Association of Kaua‘i, fourth from right, wanted a photo with the partnering organizations, including Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i, Project Vision, state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office, Marshallese Community Organization of Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i County Councilmember Felicia Cowden, as a demonstration of the many hands that come together to care for the community, Saturday at the vaccine clinic at Isenberg Park in Lihu‘e.

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    Emti Clement receives his COVID-19 vaccine from Susan Oshiro of Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i Saturday during the vaccine clinic at Isenberg Park in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — Nearly a hundred doses of COVID-19 vaccines were distributed during a clinic at Isenberg Park in Lihu‘e Saturday.

“We had 50 people registered,” said Dr. Kapono Chong-Hanssen of Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i. “We have more than a hundred doses, so we should be able to accommodate the people with appointments and walk-ins. This really surprised me.”

Bryden Ka‘auwai, participating in the Anahola Clubhouse vaccine clinic earlier in the morning, said over a dozen doses were administered there during the two-hour clinic.

“They were limited to administering to those 18 and above,” Ka‘auwai said. “At Lihu‘e, we have all three vaccines. That means we can administer vaccine to anyone 12 years and older.”

The vaccine clinic was a collaborative effort led by Cece Kilma of the Marshallese Association of Kaua‘i, who teamed with Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i, Project Vision and the Marshallese Community Organization of Hawai‘i, who flew in leaders and volunteers from Honolulu, and community volunteers to offer the community a school-supplies distribution, the COVID-19 vaccines, eye screening and other help as summer winds down.

“We try to partner with the Marshallese community organizations on each island to empower each other,” said Jendrik Paul, the Marshallese Community Organization of Hawai‘i president. “There are close to 15,000 Marshallese living in Hawai‘i, and when we work together with other people that’s the only way we can beat this COVID.”

Grace Meek, the Hiehie Program manager for Project Vision, agreed. “We helped with the school supplies by contributing,” Meek said. “Additionally, we’re providing personal-hygiene kits to families who are participating in the vaccine clinic. We also have help for people with sunglasses, readers and eye examinations.”

The mobile-shower unit was idle Saturday, and with the closures of the county’s Shelter-In-Place sites for the houseless, Meek said the shower schedule is down to three days a week — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — and the most current schedule can be found on hotshowerskauai.org.

“Tuesday, the mobile shower unit is at The Salvation Army Lihu‘e Corps from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Meek said. “Capt. Shawn Keoho provides a hot meal for people taking advantage of the shower unit, too.”

Wednesday, the shower moves to The Salvation Army Hanapepe Corps from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Thursday, the shower unit moves to the Westside Christian Center with Pastor Darryl Kua from 3 to 6 p.m.,” Meek said. “Pastor Darryl provides a meal, too. But, besides that, he even goes out and drives through the community to pick up people who need a hot shower but can’t get to the center.”

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

3 Comments
  1. nothings free August 2, 2021 5:50 am Reply

    Anyone giving this experimental, ineffective, and temporary, faux-vaccine to a child or teen of any age should be charged with child abuse! You have no idea as to what long term side effects of these shots may rear their ugly heads 10 years from now. Will our children start having heart inflammation problems in their teens? Will you, and they, have to take these shots every 6 months, FOREVER, since they lose some of their effectiveness at that point? Will these shots given to young girls affect their reproductive organs and cause birth problems or even deformities years from now? You don’t know, they don’t know, and the idiot politicians in Washington who gave the drug companies immunity from prosecution or law suits if problems like these do occur don’t know! All for a flu that kills no children, no young healthy adults, no older healthy adults, and once you have it your natural immunity is 50% more protective for a longer term than these temporary experimental 6 month shots provide! Say Baaaaa…….!


    1. Kali Yuga August 2, 2021 2:02 pm Reply

      When you get something for free, it means you are the product or you are paying for it. Here people paid for the vaccine with their taxes, and will pay for it with the side effects in their bodies.


  2. truthbeknown August 2, 2021 12:38 pm Reply

    The latest findings by the CDC are summarized in this quote from G. Edward Griffin:
    “CDC Says 74% of Delta Cases are among vaccinated, which means the vaccines’ don’t work. The CDC released a study to support its recommendation for indoor masking for both vaccinated and un-vaccinated Americans.The study focused on 469 cases of Covid-19 that broke out in the resort town of Cape Cod, Massachusetts earlier this month, declaring that 74% of cases occurred in “fully vaccinated persons.” The study is devastating to the narrative that COVID vaccines are effective and that those who are not vaccinated are causing the uptick in infection. -GEG”


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