KEKAHA – President of the State Senate Ron Kouchi, Rep. Dee Morikawa, Mayor Derek SK Kawakami and other E Ola Mau leaders agreed that Kekaha Food Relief 2021 was a “true community effort,” on Saturday as he thanked hundreds of volunteers who poured into the Kekaha Neighborhood Center Park.

Andrey Sabas was visiting from Ewa Beach, O’ahu and was one of the volunteers helping to feed more than 750 families, including a number of residents who did not have access to a car delivery car.

“He wants to move here, now,” said Saba’s relative who volunteered with Corteva Agriscience. “He was here, so he decided to come and help.”

E Ola Mau, in partnership with its network of community sponsors, including Kekaha Agriculture Association, Kaua’i Shrimp, Kaua’i County, Grove Farm Foundation, Hawai’i Foodbank, Kaua’i Branch, Pepsi, Cooperative Kaua’i Island Municipal and Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation, Kaua’i Region and more celebrated the July 4, 2021 celebrations with Kekaha residents.

“This was money we had set aside for the annual fireworks display on July 4,” said Garret Agena of E Ola Mau. “But with the pandemic, we can’t make fireworks, and people still need food, so we decided to use that money to feed the community.”

Eileen Naka’ahiki of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation, Kauai Region was among the volunteer troops from HHSC, volunteers at the same distribution tent where Sabas was working.

“People are getting good food,” Naka’ahiki said. “It’s a bag of vegetables, a bag of fruit, including premium mangoes, snacks, fresh fish, Kaua’i shrimp, frozen hamburgers, a log of Gothenburg sausage, and more”

Wes Perreira of Hawai’i Foodbank, Kauai Branch said people were asking, trying to confirm that Gothenburg would be part of the distribution.

Pua Kaohelauli’i and Blanca Gil of the Kaua’i County Health Office were also among the volunteers, ensuring that announcements for the upcoming vaccination clinic on Saturday were also included in the food packages.

The Ho’ola Lahui Community Health Clinic, in partnership with Malama Pono Health Services, Kauai District Health Bureau and county is hosting a pop-up vaccination clinic, Saturday at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. morning

There will also be a pop-up clinic in Laukona Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Persons attending clinics have a choice of the Moderna double-dose vaccine or a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Susan Oshiro from Ho’ola Lahui noted that the July 10 clinic coincides with the time for the second shot of the Moderna vaccine with two photos taken during the first clinic in Kekaha. People who complete their vaccinations can get “Knock Out COVID, Protect Kaua’i” T-shirts and caps for free while supplies last.

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