Hoping For The Best In 2015

Welcome to 2015. Hard to believe it’s here already. I have high hopes for what is to come this year and am excited to embark on the many new journeys that lie ahead. I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

If you feel like ringing in 2015 with fireworks, visit Poipu Beach Park Wednesday (Dec. 31) between 9 and 10 p.m. for the annual display. The park also will offer an array of other festivities from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., including food trucks and music …

(back, from left) Pablo Herrera-Mahoney, Milo Spindt, Micah Contrades Derick Caoagas, (front) Fire Chief Robert Westerman, Andrew Oda, Lance Dettle, Braden Iwami, Jordan Kahawai and Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. Kauai County photo

(back, from left) Pablo Herrera-Mahoney, Milo Spindt, Micah Contrades Derick Caoagas, (front) Fire Chief Robert Westerman, Andrew Oda, Lance Dettle, Braden Iwami, Jordan Kahawai and Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. Kauai County photo

Eight new firefighters joined Kauai Fire Department this month. A graduation celebration was held recently with Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman and Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. to welcome the recruits, the department’s 25th graduating class. Congrats to Derick Caoagas, Micah Contrades, Lance Dettle, Pablo Herrera-Mahoney, Braden Iwami, Jordan Kahawai, Andrew Oda and Milo Spindt

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were in town recently as part of a USO-and Armed Forces Entertainment-sponsored tour of Pacific Missile Range Facility. They had a meet-and-great with sailors at the base, and the PMRF Morale, Welfare and Recreation division opened up the event for Kauai youths ages 7 to high school to attend a cheer clinic with the cheerleaders at Kekaha Neighborhood Center

Department of Water employees recently donated 60 gifts to The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Pictured are (back, from left) Regina Flores, Norma Imada, Edie Ignacio-Neumiller, Cleve Shigematsu, (front) Mona Yamauchi, Candice Tada, Rose Navea, Sandi Nadatani-Mendez, Mary-jane Akuna, Kirk Saiki, Joel Bautista and Earl Kiamzon | Water Dept. photo

Department of Water employees recently donated 60 gifts to The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Pictured are (back, from left) Regina Flores, Norma Imada, Edie Ignacio-Neumiller, Cleve Shigematsu, (front) Mona Yamauchi, Candice Tada, Rose Navea, Sandi Nadatani-Mendez, Mary-jane Akuna, Kirk Saiki, Joel Bautista and Earl Kiamzon | Water Dept. photo

Kauai Department of Water employees recently prepared 60 gifts for the The Salvation Army‘s Angel Tree program. The program gives community members a way to share gifts with those less fortunate. Gifts include clothes, shoes, toys and bicycles. Donors, including DOW employees, chose paper angels from Christmas trees that had each child’s wish list. Volunteers purchased and prepared a gift that they then returned to The Salvation Army. “Each year the Kauai Department of Water provides for so many of our angels for Christmas,” said Maj. Mario Reyes, The Salvation Army’s Lihue Corps officer and Kauai County coordinator. “The Angel Tree is so important because it brings such joy to deserving kids on Kauai.” Other generous community members who helped keiki in need this holiday season include Russell Haluapo and the Kauai biker community Dec. 15 with their annual Keiki Toy & Food Run. The event is responsible for the contribution of some 200 toys each year that are distributed to outreach agencies across the island, as well as food contributions that are donated to Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch

In addition, North Shore Lions Club and Princeville Employees Council put together some 500 goodie bags for Hanalei and Kilauea elementary schools this year. Santa Claus and the Kilauea Student Council Elves helped distribute them …

A big mahalo to all the giving souls who were kind enough to help those in need …

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