Big gift from Big Save/Times
Supermarket donates nearly $25,000 for football team’s airfare; Island Temptations adds $3,000
NAWILIWILI — Kauai Youth Football players and coaches will be heading to Oahu Friday and they can thank Big Save/Times Supermarkets and Island Temptations T-shirt printers.
Times donated $25,000 for airfare, and Jade Aguiar of Island Temptations chipped in another $3,000 for rooms for the Kapaa team.
“It touched our hearts, and we wanted to help,” said Chris Borden of Times Supermarkets. “Kids and athletics are one of the top priorities for Times Supermarkets.”
The trip to participate in Junior Prep Sports football games in Waipahu and take in the First Hawaiian Bank Hawaii High School Athletic Association football championships at Aloha Stadium was planned months ago so the league could get fundraising work done.
Everything was set until Island Air surprised everyone by announcing the end of operations Saturday.
“We paid nearly $20,000 for airfare and another $19,000 for rooms, buses, vans and game tickets,” said Brad Hiranaka, KYF commissioner and president. “All of these players and cheerleaders worked so hard in fundraising efforts to make this trip possible. We are trying to get the refund from Is- land Air so we can try and salvage the trip.”
Hiranaka had arranged to have 154 seats held on Hawaiian Air, but needed the funds to cover the fare.
“They were going to hold it for us until Monday,” Hiranaka said. “Hopefully, we would have been able to get the refund by then. Otherwise, the trip is pau.”
Enter Big Save/Times, which heard of the team’s plight and took action Saturday afternoon, offering the team nearly $25,000 to cover the cost of roundtrip airfare.
Borden said Times Supermarkets is also one of the main retailers on Kauai, and the island has
Kauai Youth Football Coach Nardo Nacnac and Penny Kaneakua lead a travel meeting for parents Monday afternoon while Lihue Bulldog players practice at Nawiliwili Park.