The recent tragedy in which 19 firefighters perished in a wildfire in Arizona has Waimea community members thinking about those in our midst – our everyday heroes – who put their lives on the line daily to protect our families, our property and our natural and cultural resources.
To say “mahalo” when there isn’t a crisis or tragedy, the Waimea Community Association is inviting all of Waimea’s emergency responders – both full time fire, rescue and police officers and also volunteer firefighters and their families – to a mahalo dinner this Thursday, July 11, at Waimea School cafeteria after the town meeting.
The WCA Town Meeting, which begins at 5:15 p.m., will feature a discussion of community priorities and issues with Mayor Billy Kenoi and his new cabinet. Then, at 7 p.m., emergency responders and their families have been invited to join in for a chili and rice dinner in the cafeteria.
Everyone attending the town meeting is asked to bring a potluck salad, side dish or dessert, except for the emergency responders. Starbucks will be providing hot coffee.
“The dinner will be very casual. For many, it will be an opportunity to meet the men and women who do this unheralded hard work on a regular basis,” said WCA President Sherman Warner.
For questions or information, call Warner at 885-1725 or Patti Cook at 937-2833.