COVID Pau Friday: Waimea Family Food Truck Friday presents special edition featuring prizes, vaccines

  • A family heads out with food and goodies from Waimea Family Food Truck Friday COVID Pau Friday. The first 40 people vaccinated on site received a $25 food voucher to be used at the food trucks. A mahalo gift to was provided to the first 40 people to show proof of a prior vaccination. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A man shows his COVID-19 vaccination card to receive a "mahalo" gift for already being inoculated during Waimea Family Food Truck Friday COVID Pau Friday, a special edition event featuring gifts, food vouchers, and COVID-19 vaccines for anyone age 12 and older. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A woman orders from one of the food trucks featured at the Waimea Family Food Truck Friday COVID Pau Friday, a special edition event featuring gifts, food vouchers, and COVID-19 vaccines for anyone age 12 and older. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital hosted a pop-up clinic during Waimea Family Food Truck Friday to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to those age 12 and older. The first 40 people vaccinated on site received a $25 food voucher to be used at the food trucks. A mahalo gift to was provided to the first 40 people to show proof of a prior vaccination. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Waimea Family Food Truck Friday returned to Waimea this past weekend holding with COVID Pau Friday — a special edition event featuring gifts, food vouchers, and COVID-19 vaccines for anyone age 12 and older.

The event, which featured nine local trucks and vendors, was held for the first on the grounds of the W. M. Keck Observatory, providng plenty of space for social distancing.

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Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital also hosted a pop-up clinic at the observatory to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to those age 12 and older.

“COVID Pau Friday is a fun special edition theme for Waimea Family Food Truck Fridays,” said event organizer Dayna Wong. “Families across the island love this event, and this gives us a chance to support any of our attendees who may not have gotten the vaccine yet by making it as fun and convenient for them as possible.”

The first 40 people vaccinated on site received a $25 food voucher to be used at the food trucks. A mahalo gift to was provided to the first 40 people to show proof of a prior vaccination

“The food vouchers and gifts are our way of giving community members a mahalo for doing their part — both those who have already been vaccinated and those who are making a choice to get vaccinated at the event,” said event sponsor and venue host W. M. Keck Observatory’s Andrew Odell.

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COVID Pau Friday is produced with the support of Naupaka Events, Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital, COVID Pau, W. M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and the Maunakea Observatories. The event was slated to be held Aug. 6 but was postponed to Friday due to the Big Island’s largest fire in history that broke out July 30 and consumed more than 40,000 acres in South Kohala.

Waimea Family Food Truck Friday is a monthly event that brings local favorite vendors together for a safe, fun, family friendly event in Waimea town. Guests are encouraged to pick up food to-go, or bring a picnic blanket to enjoy live entertainment and delicious food. Waimea Food Truck Friday is an alcohol-free event.

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