PUHI — “COVID-19 or not, we have to feed people,” said Lacey Kanahele of The Plantation House by Gaylord’s on Monday. “We feed people because we love them. With this pandemic, we need to feed them more because we have love for them. The main thing is they get fed.”
Kanahele was one of a group of volunteers preparing turkeys for both The Salvation Army and the restaurants and lu‘au at Kilohana.
The Salvation Army, Lihu‘e Corps, with the help of The Plantation House, and the culinary arts department of the Kaua‘i Community College is planning to distribute 600 hot Thanksgiving meals in a grab-and-go, or drive-thru option starting at 10 a.m. for as long as supplies last, and there is a limit of five meals per car.
Assisting the Salvation Army, the Salvation Army Advisory Board will be joined by the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i and the Lihu‘e Lions Club.
Over at The Salvation Army, Hanapepe Corps., Lt. Amy Lewis, with the help of the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa will be distributing 450 hot Thanksgiving meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or while supplies last.
There is a limit of five meals per car, and The Salvation Army, Hanapepe Corps will receive help from the West Kaua‘i Lions Club, the Kanaka School, the West Kaua‘i Episcopal Church, and the regular Soup Kitchen volunteers.
“Once again, with the generous help of corporate partners, volunteers, advisory boards, staff and Salvation Army officers, we have been able to shift our traditional Thanksgiving observances around the state to reach thousands of those in need in our island communities,” said Major Phil Lum, the divisional commander for The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands. “We humbly ask the community for their continued support and encourage those in need of a meal to reach out to the Salvation Army Corps in their local community.”
On Thanksgiving Thursday, the Kapa‘a Interfaith Association invites the community to its free Community Thanksgiving Lunch that will be prepared by Mark’s Place and Mark’s ‘ohana from Contemporary Flavors Catering for pickup following the Interfaith Community Worship that will start at 10:30 a.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church. Pick-up service starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 1 p.m.
Accommodations have been made for those who are physically unable to drive to Kapa‘a through the KIA participating churches, including the All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Happy Science, Kapa‘a Hongwanji Temple, Kapa‘a Jodo Mission, the Lihu‘e Hongwanji Temple, the Kapa‘a Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Kapa‘a United Church of Christ, and the Kapa‘a Hawaiian Church.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or email@example.com.