Fifty-five bright red Hawaiian print tablecloths have been fashioned from a donated bolt of cloth by Hale Kau Kau volunteers who sew.
The project was led by Cid Newberg, one of the founders of the "Sew What" sewing circle which met for many years at St. Theresa Church and came back together to help with this project.
The project was made possible by a grant from the Edith Wilhelmina Sherock fund of a sewing machine, the bolt of cloth, plus the necessary notions to finish the project.
Executive Director of Hale Kau Kau the Rev. Monsignor Terrence A.M. Watanabe (from left), Rosemary Hogarty, Cid Newberg, Lois Reiswig, Lee Reiswig and Pinky Mendoza are shown with new tablecloths.
The fund was created by Lois Reiswig in honor of her departed mother, a passionate seamstress and quilter who organized sewing groups throughout her lifetime to help seniors stay busy by sewing items for the less fortunate and ill of the communities in which she lived.
This years' holidays will be even more festive at Hale Kau Kau, thanks to the bright new tablecloths. On Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, Hale Kau Kau puts on an elegant sit-down luncheon feast with fully dressed tables, and volunteers who serve as waiters and waitresses.
"Our church hall will be transformed with the addition of these beautiful tablecloths, giving a lift to all those who attend the luncheons," said Hale Kau Kau Advisory Board President Marie Thomas. "We're so thankful to Mrs. Reiswig for deciding to fund this project after reviewing our proposal."
Monsignor Terrence A.M. Watanabe, the executive director of Hale Kau Kau, added, "The island of Maui is known for its generosity, and Hale Kau Kau has been blessed to be recognized as an important provider of this important service to the hungry and the homebound. What a wonderful way to give tribute to her mother, who exhibited the spirit of giving throughout her lifetime."