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…
The holidays are just around the corner! As we look forward to Christmas and the New Year, it becomes a very busy time for all of us. Not only do we get to look forward to what we will receive under our Christmas trees; we get to make our Christmas shopping lists, go shopping for our friends and families, and participate in the many community giving events that come our way.
The first giving opportunity arose on November 28th for Kaytlen and Aleah, both Na Hoku ‘O Kauai pageant queens. They spent their morning (8-11a) at the Lihue Walmart manning the Toys For Tots table at the garden entrance.
Later that afternoon at 3:30p, both girls met the rest of the Na Hoku ‘O Kauai’s pageant queens at Kmart’s back parking lot where they prepared for Kukui Grove’s 21st Annual Christmas Parade which was at 4:30-5:30p.
On Saturday, November 7th, Aleah Yano and Kaytlen Akau, went to Kauai’s Breath of Life Church in Life to join their pageant sisters in Operation Christmas Child. They spent about 1.75 hours (2 – 3:45pm) learning about the Samaritan’s Purse cause followed by the packing of shoeboxes and writing short letters to go with it. It was a great first-time experience from start to finish.
First, they got an empty shoebox for a girl or a boy with a label on it that specified their age group: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Then they started filling the box with a variety of gifts like small toys, school supplies, personal hygiene products, socks, and a “wow” toy which is like a doll or stuffed animal. Once the boxes were filled to the very top, they got a card and wrote a personal positive, uplifting, prayerful type message to go along with the box in hope that just maybe they might receive a return letter from the child sometime in the future. Once done, they turned the box in, got another and started all over again.
Each box has a shipping cost of $7 in order to get the box from here to there… somewhere around the world… wherever each box is destined to be sent to make it into the hands of a child in need.
National Collection Week is the third week in November. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
On August 4th, Britnee visited Wilcox Elementary School as a guest speaker for the 2nd graders. She spoke to them about bullying, shared the B.R.A.V.E. platform, shared her story, read them a book, took photos with them, and had them sign a pledge. Then on August 26th, they received their free books about bullying from her Gift of Aloha Book Drive.