Kalaheo Dental Group offering $$$ for Halloween candy

KALAHEO — Too much candy from Halloween?

The Kalaheo Dental Group is hosting its Sixth annual Halloween Candy Buy Back on Monday, Nov. 1 (Halloween is this Sunday), from 2 to 5 p.m. at its offices in the Rainbow Plaza on Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kalaheo.

During the buyback, the Kalaheo Dental Group will buy back “extra” unopened Halloween candy from keiki at the rate of $1 per pound to a five-pound limit. Donors of unopened candy must wear face masks, and social distancing must be observed.

The candy that is bought back will join toothbrushes donated by the Kalaheo Dental Group to the nation’s troops, especially those stationed overseas, through Operation Gratitude. In previous buybacks, the candy was joined by gift items from other community sponsors when the packages were sent to Hawai‘i troops deployed for duty overseas.

Every year, Operation Gratitude sends more than 300,000 individually addressed care packages to soldiers, sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, their children left behind, and to first responders, new recruits, veterans, wounded heroes and their caregivers.

“Your candy will bring joy to our troops, and the toothbrushes will bring them great dental health,” a spokesperson from the Kalaheo Dental Group said.

All of the candy donors will become eligible for a prize drawing to win a $100 Small Fry Kaua‘i gift card.

The buy back program is also sponsored by the UPS Store Kaua‘i at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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

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