First Aid Legacy Badge

December 30th brought forth a new opportunity for our Girl Scouts.  Tito Villanueva, the Kauai AMR Operations Manager, taught a first aid/cpr certification class to 5 registered Girl Scouts:  Kaytlen, Alexis and Aleah; along with Tamara (Troop 823’s Adult Volunteer) and Aaliyah Nero.  This class helped 4 girls fulfill some of the requirements, if not all, for their First Aid Legacy Badge.

Uncle/Officer Randall Nero (Daddy to Aaliyah) assisted Tito and took photos throughout the class.  Tamara was in charge of the group while she learned along side the other girls too.

Aleah and Alexis, both Cadette Girl Scouts, fulfilled the 5 steps as follows:
1 – They now understand how to care for younger children after having asked a medical professional.
2 – They know how to use everything in a first aid kit after taking the first aid course and asking an EMT.
3 – They learned how to prevent serious outdoor injuries after having a chance to ask a first aider/EMT.
4 – They know the signs of shock and how to treat it after having asked an EMT.
5 – They learned to prevent and treat injuries due to weather… how to recognize the signs of heat- or cold-related injuries, how they can care for minor cases and  how to know when to call for help.

Congratulations Aleah and Alexis!

Kaytlen, a Senior Girl Scout, fulfilled the 5 steps as follows:
1 – She found out how to perform triage when several people are injured by taking this first aid course.
2 – She learned how to help a head or neck injury by taking this first aid course.
3 – She learned how to use every day objects to make splints by asking an expert/EMT.
4 – She learned to recognize the signs of drug overdose and alcohol poisoning by speaking with an EMT.
and lastly…
5 – Her take-away from this course in regards to drug overdoses and alcohol poisoning is to ensure the person goes on their side when they have passed out so they can breath easier and not die.

Congratulations Kaytlen!

Aaliyah Nero, a Junior Girl Scout, fulfilled step 4 by taking this first aid class.  She’s working with her dad on completing the other requirements for her badge.


We’d like to thank Uncle Tito for taking the time out of his day to come and share his expert knowledge with us.  We truly appreciate it.

We also thank Uncle Randy for assisting with the class and Tamara for volunteering to be in charge of our group in the absence of our troop leader (9a – 12noon).


Time For A Change

There are two girls in our troop who felt it was time for a change…  After having long hair for a long time and loving every inch of it’s new growth, both Kaytlen and Kyla decided to have their hair cut.  Since their hair was long enough to provide for a lengthy donation, they went short.

On December 18, 2015, Kaytlen made her appointment and went for it.  This is her before and after photos:


Kaytlen decided to donate her hair to two organizations.  The shorter cuttings of her hair, with a minimum length of 8 inches, went to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.  The longer cuttings, with a minimum length of 12 inches, went to Wigs for Kids.  In addition, Kaytlen made a $20 cash donation to Wigs for Kids as well.  Her donation was made in honor of 11 year old Chandler Boyd in her fight against cancer.

On December 26, 2015, Kyla went in for her hair cut.  This is her before and after photos as well as the cutting of her hair:


Kyla decided to donate her hair to Wigs for Kids too.

Wigs for Kids has been helping children who suffer from hair loss since 1980.  

The awesome part about Wigs for Kids is that they have partnered with Girl Scouts in raising awareness about this need providing an opportunity for people to learn about hair loss illnesses and make a difference by making donations.  

Girl Scouts can earn the Wigs for Kids patch by completing one or more of the following:


1- Donate hair of 12″ or more
2- Run a cut-a-thon
3- Encourage salon sign-ups
4- Open & wrap hair donations
5- Creatively encourage awareness to the Wigs for Kids program assisting with fundraising in support of our children in need.

More information can be found by visiting the Wigs for Kids Girl Scout Donation Program webpage.

Our Girl Scout Troop 823, would like to encourage YOU to support Wigs for Kids today!

So Girl Scouts, if you have long hair too and are ready to make a change, join Kaytlen and Kyla in donating 12 inches of your hair to Wigs for Kids!

Thank you so much!!





2015 Awards Luncheon

Our end of year 2015 awards luncheon was held on Sunday, December 20th at JJ’s Broiler in Nawiliwili.  The girls all wore their brand new uniforms for the first time along with their sashes full of badges earned.  They were recognized for their participation in the past years cookie program in which these five girls achieved CEO status for selling over 700 boxes of cookies each.  The awards highlighted were the Silver Torch Award, Cadette Community Service Bar and the President’s Volunteer Service Award; all of which are recognitions for the many hours of community service performed in a years time.


Pictured above:  Delcey Garma (co-troop leader), Aleah Yano, Alexis Cacabelos, Jayda Wakilina, Kyla Koerte, Kaytlen Akau and Teresa Caires (troop leader).

The Silver Torch Award recognizes Cadettes who act as leaders in their communities. Requirements are 1) Complete one Cadette Leadership Journey and 2) serve one full term in a leadership position.

The Journey we worked on over the year was aMaze! from the series: It’s Your World – Change It!

Recipients are:
Aleah Yano – for her term as an Assistant Dance Teacher at ADS (2014-2015).  Alexis Cacabelos – for her term as 2014 Young Miss Hawaiian Royalty.  Kaytlen Akau – for her term as an Assistant Dance Teacher at ADS (2014-2015).  Kyla Koerte – for her term as President of GSH Troop 823 (2014-2015).  And, Britnee Akau – for her full term as 2014 Petite Miss Hawaiian Royalty.

The Cadette Community Service Bar is an award that recognizes a Cadette who has made a difference in their community and practices the values of the Girl Scout Law. It’s also a great way for them to get involved with a particular cause they care about. To earn the bar, the requirement is to choose an organization to volunteer with, be given instructions by the organization on what to do, and complete at least 20 hours of service.

Recipients are:
Aleah Yano– for her service to Aloha Dance Studio (2014 – 2015 = 39 hours approx).  Jayda Wakilina– for her service to the 2015 County of Kauai’s Summer Enrichment Program (June – July 2015 = 243 hours).  Kaytlen Akau – for her service to the 2014 and 2015 County of Kauai’s Summer Enrichment Program (June – July 2014 = 142 hours + June – July 2015 = 133.25).  Kyla Koerte– for her service to the 2015 Lihue Hongwanji Preschool Summer Program (June – July 2015 = 107.25 hours).  And, Britnee Akau – for her service to the 2014 County of Kauai’s Summer Enrichment Program (June – July 2014 = 74.75 hours)..

Bridging…  Kaytlen Akau, Britnee Akau and Kyla Koerte bridged to Senior Girl Scouts.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a Presidential recognition is a tremendous honor which sets recipients apart from their peers. Our Girl Scouts do not serve for the purpose of seeking recognition in any way.  They do because they simply want to be of service to their community and want to set a positive example for other island youth.  This award can help them in delivering a powerful message which hopefully inspires others to take action as well.  Hours have been measured over the 12-month period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.  The awards are designated based upon age, service hours and in multiple levels designed to recognize each milestone of service achievement.  As recipients of the award, these girls have received a personalized certificate, a medallion and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Recipients are:
Aleah Yano– 90.75 hours, Alexis Cacabelos– 82.25 hours, Jayda Wakilina– 165.5 hours, Kaytlen Akau– 285.25 hours, Kyla Koerte – 68.25 hours, and Britnee Akau – 101 hours.  Total hours: 793

Tamara Akau, registered Adult Girl Scout and Adult Volunteer also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing 100 hours of community service.  The majority of her hours were earned as a Prime Time Mentor at Betz Elementary School in Cheney, Washington where she attends college.


Congratulations girls!  We are so very proud of all of you!



Mahelona Long Term Care

On Wednesday, December 16th, Kaytlen and Kyla, both Senior Girl Scouts joined their troop leader and other staff from Kauai’s Agency On Elderly Affairs to deliver boxes of donated goods to the residents of Mahelona Hospital’s Long Term Care.

The gift wrapped box being carried by Kaytlen and Kyla in the photo below, hold the $100 worth of goods previously purchased by the troop.


The girls assisted with rolling the boxes of goodies in where distribution would take place.


Here they are with some of the staff of Mahelona as well…


Here is a glimpse of the residents who were present…


Uncle Dennis Fujimoto also stopped by to take some photos for the newspaper.  We were mentioned in his Happy Camper article on Friday, December 18th.


We were also included in his article on Saturday, December 19th.  If you would like to read it… CLICK HERE.



Service Saturday

Boy was the morning of Saturday, December 5th a busy one!  Troop 823’s girls were off and running to do some good deeds in service of their community.

First of all, Aleah, Kaytlen, Jayda and Alexis headed to Gaylord’s at Kilohana where they performed at 8:30am with Aloha Dance Studio at the 4th annual Breakfast With Santa where all proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai.


Kyla headed straight to Walmart at 8am to man the Toys For Tots garden entrance booth along with troop 849 until the rest of her GS sisters arrived following their performance.  These girls were there till 11am…


In addition, the girls busied themselves with shopping for two causes.  Out of their troop funds, generated by 2015 cookie sales, they purchased $100 worth of toys and combined it with purchases some of them made with their families in order to donate over $100 worth of toys to Toys For Tots.


Again, out of their troop funds, they made another purchase of over $100 of various gift items, to be donated to Mahelona Hospital’s Long Term Care residents.



Lights On Rice Parade 2015

On Friday, December 4th, the annual Lights On Rice Parade was held on Rice Street.  This year, four of our troops girls took part in the parade.  Aleah and Kaytlen rode on the float with all of their pageant sisters.


Jayda marched with the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle Schools band.


And Britnee rode with her Uncle Randy in the Kauai Police Department’s Bearcat which was decorated as Rudolph the red nose reindeer.  She held her phone to the microphone which played Christmas music over the speaker for all the parade go-ers.


We were all at Vidinha Stadium from before 5:15pm which was when the roads were closed and returned back at the stadium once the parade was done, around 8:15pm.  A good time was had by all…


Have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday?  Well, this year is really the first time that we heard of it.  Giving Tuesday is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  It follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   Giving Tuesday, which fell on December 1st, is a global day of giving.  According to our Girl Scouts of Hawaii blog, “it’s an event that celebrates the power of generosity to make real, lasting, and local change.”

In light of this special day, in the spirit of giving, and after reading an article in the Garden Island Newspaper about giving opportunities for the holidays, we decided to donate $100 to The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund.  It is our hope that our donation will help to bring forth more smiles and happiness to those who are encountering challenges during this holiday season.


The check is in the mail….

If you would like more information on this day, visit

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